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Coxhoe Village Green Project Heritage Walk

Sunday April 28th 2013 witnessed approximately 90 people, old and young taking part in a village heritage walk organised by the History Group to link in with the ongoing project to develop the green space along Front Street into a village green.

The walk route was approximately 3 miles in length and a circular route which skirted the edge of the village and took in some of the sites which were instrumental in the development of the village as we know it today. Led by members of the history group information was passed over at various stopping points along the way and the history was supported by images from the past to illustrate how particular places would have looked. Stopping points included, Blackgate and the crossroads, The Potteries, Coxhoe Station, Coxhoe Mill, Coxhoe Hall, West House Iron Age settlement and the industrial centres that were spread along what is now the haul road for the Premier waste land fill site, namely, Coxhoe Colliery and the Steetley works. The final stopping point was at the site of the railway crossing at the northern end of the village.

Whilst the weather could have been kinder to everyone, with some pretty heavy April showers, a great many walkers returned to the village hall for refreshments which were kindly provided by the Coxhoe Village Hall management group and friends of the village hall. The history group also provided a display which covered the areas of the walk. Central to the exhibition was a display by Mr Robin Walton local historian and erstwhile archaeologist who kindly brought along some of his finds from around the village and discussed his discoveries with visitors.

Visitors who took part in the walk came from a variety of places,including Wolsingham, Evenwood, Belmont and a number of other villages around the area including a great many from Coxhoe who wanted to know more about the place they live in.

We extend our thanks to everyone who took part and helped organise the day and making it such a huge success. Special mention to Mr & Mrs Mayo & Mr & Mrs Foster who acted as stewards on the day. Paul Dodsworth, Chairman of the Parish Council who opened the event and gave a background to the village green project, to the Village Hall Management Committee for looking after the visitors before and after the event and to Barbara Leo, John Hepplewhite, Janice Young, Margaret Jackson and Jack Turton who acted as guides and passed over information, To Barbara Hepplewhite who held aloft and passed around the images of the sites and to Nick Young who carried the megaphone for three hours so visitors could hear what was said,

Very special thanks go to Barbara Hepplewhite, Barbara Leo and Janice Young who did sterling work putting the exhibition together.

Chris Lloyd of the Northern Echo put together an article which featured in the Northern Echo, Echo Memories on 22nd April 2013 and can be found by following this link Thriving Hub of Industry

Many thanks to Chris for this article and the publicity it gave the walk.


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