We spent this afternoon in Edwardian Windy Nook visiting families in Cooperative Crescent and Cooperative Terrace. Well, we would have done if we had a time machine – so we did the next best thing and studied the 1911 census for these streets.

What a place Windy Nook must have been – so many skilled men listed as Head of the family: hewers, putters, a boilersmith, a locomotive erector, stone quarrymen. The largest family was 11 people and the smallest just two. One unlucky couple had 5 children die after their birth. What heartbreak for the parents.

Our project historians, Neil and Peter, know how to leave a lesson with happy children. Just at the end Neil delivered a telegram to the group studying the Greenhaff family living in 17 Cooperative Terrace. It informed his parents that Private Milson Greenhaff, 17655, 10th Bn., Durham Light Infantry had died on 24 August 1917, aged 21. And there he was on their census form alive and well as a 15 year old driver in the local pit.


Private Milson Greenhaff


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