Aycliffe Quarrymen, courtesy of Bob Shaw
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Aycliffe Quarry
Aycliffe Quarry filled with water
   
Aycliffe Quarry
Aycliffe Quarry on west of A 167, when filled with water
Limekiln at Aycliffe Quarry
Workwe in Aycliffe Quarry
Limekiln at Aycliffe Quarry
Worker in Aycliffe Quarry
Limekiln at Aycliffe Quarry
Workers in Aycliffw Quarry
Limekiln at Aycliffe Quarry
Workers in Aycliffe Quarry
Limekiln from the air
Limekiln from the air
Quarry men, courtesy Bob Shaw
 
Quarry men
Bob Shaw gave the photograph above for the Exhibition.
 

Quarry men

The quarryman on the right, wearing the flat cap, has been identified by Jo Faulkner as her great great grandfather. He was William Ellwood, who later died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Does anyone have the original photograph and know the names of any other quarrymen in this photograph, and when it was taken?

     

Aycliffe Quarries

We know that quarrying has taken place in Aycliffe Village for at least two hundred years and further research needs to be carried out to try and establish its origins.

With the assistance of Durham County Record Office and local trade directories we know that by the mid-nineteenth century there were two quarries in Aycliffe Village: theWestern quarry and the Eastern quarry

1828 Watson & Chapman, lime burners ----------------------------------------

1851 George Chapman, lime burner, William Stephenson, lime burner

1856 George Chapman, lime burner, M Stephenson, lime burner

1879 George Chapman, lime burner, Ord & Maddison, quarry owner

1890 George Chapman, limestone quarry owner, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1894 George Chapman, limestone quarry owner, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1910 George Chapman, limestone quarry owner, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1914 Hanson & Brown, limestone quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1921 Hanson & Brown, limestone quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1925 Aycliffe Lime & Limestone Co., quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1929 Aycliffe Lime & Limestone Co., quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1934 Aycliffe Lime & Limestone Co., quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

1938 Aycliffe Lime & Limestone Co., quarry owners, Ord & Maddison, limestone quarry owners

The western quarry is no longer worked and has been land filled in the last twenty years, (1980-2000). The eastern quarry is currently operated by the John Wade Group of Companies which started out as a small family business in the 1970s and now employs over 120 operatives and technical workers complimented by 20 full time office and site staff. In addition to the quarrying and tipping facilities they handle and recycle all domestic waste for Darlington Borough Council.

 

 

 

William Ellwood

Jo Faulkner has sent this copy of the portion of the photograph above which shows her great great grandfather, William Ellwood. It was the only part of the photograph above that she had. Jo points out that William Ellwood's fingers are bandaged on his right hand. In the 1911 census he was living at Aycliffe. The schedule says Menon or Menham Cottage- does anyone know this? William was living elsewhere when he died in 1918, as did two of his daughters.

 

Isabella Ellwood

Jo Faulkner also sent this photograph of Isabell. William Ellwood's wife.

Hagar & Co.'s Directory, 1851

Whellan's Directory, 1865

Kelly's Post Office Directory, 1879

1891 Census for Aycliffe

49 High Street, Aycliffe Chapman George Head M 49 Lime merchant and farmer Durham Aycliffe  
1842
    Chapman Margaret A. Wife M 50   Durham Aycliffe  
1841
    Chapman Alice Daughter S 26   Durham Aycliffe  
1865
    Chapman Maggie Daughter S 25   Durham Aycliffe  
1866
    Chapman Elizabeth Daughter S 22   Durham Aycliffe  
1869
    Coulson Hadrick Nephew S 18 ???? Servant Durham North Aycliffe  
1873
    Kitching Alick H.? Nephew   7 Scholar Durham Aycliffe  
1884