Oakridge Road in about 1957

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Ushaw Moor, Durham , UK

Oakridge Road in about 1957............... Thanks to John Graham for this Photo.....

Additional Information supplied by Brian McLoughlin

"I was filled with memories when I saw the photograph of Oakridge Road. This photograph must have been taken in the early 50s. We kids could enjoy playing in the street in those days, this can be seen by the one motor vehicle seen in the photograph, motor vehicles were very few and far between. The white building seen in the distance was a small branch of the New Brancepeth Co-operatine Society. It was very handy for people living in the area otherwise it was a walk down the street to the shops there. It consisted of one large room with counter at the Bracken Court end of the building. Billy Calvert worked in the shop. The Co-op never extended the shop and it closed after a few years. Billy Calvert lived along Deerness or Joyce Terrace. Oakridge Road was exceptionally well laid out with lawns and it was a great change for people moving into the new houses from the colliery rows at Ushaw Moor Colliery or New Brancepeth. Motor vehicles parked in the area have spoilt the original lay out. The architect who designed Oakridge Road was named Fred Hedley. Fred was the architect for the local council - Brandon & Byshottles Rural District Council. Byshottles is a great word but I have never known the meaning of the word."