county durham

county durham

Spennymoor 1950's

2w ago
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A rare glimpse of public transport in & around Spennymoor, County Durham, during the late 1950's. Filmed by an as yet unknown film maker? (The thumbs down are from international viewers, that obviously don't see a reason for such videos). Buses, at this time used two turning circles in the town, as there was no bus station. The first was located at the Northeastern Hotel & Railway Hotel junction. Bus drivers, had to run the gauntlet of children & vehicles, in the Stratton Street area, so that they could turn the bus around at the old junction of Drake Street & Clyde Terrace. The second turning circle, was located at Bishops Close, at the side / rear of the Arcadia Cinema. Rosa Street now demolished, can be seen, as is the chapel where the leisure center now stands, the old wooden hut that stood prior to Spennymoor Health Center is also visible. Two decades later & the Western Bypass had opened, this massively reduced the amount of traffic, that passed through the town. As a child, I have vivid memories of a steam train being hauled up Whitworth Terrace, perhaps on its way to Shildon Wagon Works or the scrap yard.