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Photo Archive

The SFHG has developed an archive of more than 3,500 photographs of people and places in Seaham. These can be viewed by visiting the SFHG Resource Centre in the Library when the Group is holding it's weekly meeting. If you have any interesting photographs which you would like to record in the history of Seaham or to assist family history researchers please bring them along to Linda. All photographs of the past help to build a social history of the Town in which our ancestors lived and worked.

A selection from the photo archive is shown below.



Seaham Hawaiian Band

If you can identify anyone on this picture, or know more about the band, please let us know, the only one known at present is the gentleman on the far left, William Hutchinson.

STREET PARTY IN GRANTS CRESCENT 1970's

Do you know anyone in this picture, let us know!

Ian Duffy has emailed "This was the Silver Jubilee celebrations in Grants Crescent. You can see me half way up the table dressed as a Mexican". Thanks for letting us know Ian.

CHURCH STREET

Possibly taken in the 1950's

ST JOHN'S AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION MEDAL & BARS

1910 - 1929

This unusual medal and chain was brought into the library by member David Peel. It original belonged to his ancestor George Doxford.

BILL BROOKS - FISHMONGER

This photo, taken in the 1960's,shows Bill Brooks serving a customer in his fresh fish shop in Church Street.

KINGS ARMS DARTS TEAM c1950

Left to right, 1) N/K 2) Freddy Galer 3) N/K 4) N/K 5) Jack Clyde 6) N/K

If you know any of the N/K (not known) in this photo please let us know. Photo kindly donated by Alan Marlborough

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW LIBRARY

This photo shows the progress as at May 2010, of the new building which will include Seaham's new library, where Seaham Family History Group will be holding their meetings after completion, hopefully Autumn 2010

S.F.H.G. GRANT FROM SEAHAM MAYORS FUND

Linda Baker (Secretary) & Bill Baker (Treasurer) were delighted to accept a cheque from Seaham's Mayor, Cllr. Jennifer Bell in May 2010 for 250 towards equipment for members use.

ADOLPHUS STREET WEST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Bombed by a landmine on 16th May 1943 leaving 34 Seaham folk dead

HMS SEAHAM

We are grateful to Mr Hartigan of Waterlooville for a copy of his research regarding his brother Robert whilst serving on HMS Seaham. The book tells the story of HMS Seaham and her WW2 travels. Members will be pleased to know that this copy is available during SFHG meetings.

OPEN DAY 2010

Our Open Day on 24th August 2010, this photograph shows Mr Grahame Morris M.P. about to open the event

SEAHAM AMATEURS 1953

Seaham Amateur production of 'The New Moon'. photograph donated by Mrs Pat Duncan.

DALTON-LE-DALE FLOOD

Photograph taken in the 1960's - thanks to Michael Shovlin for this picture.

DAWDON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

The bridge was 365 feet long and cost 3000 to build in 1927. It was closed in 1959 and best estimates date the demolition in the late 1960's, probably 1968.

MAYORS EVENT 2011

On February 17th 2011, Seaham Family History group presented an event called "A Timeline of Seaham" in aid of the Mayor of Seaham Charity Fund, which raised 535 for the fund.

As well as photographs from Anglo Saxon findings at Seaham Hall to the new Library developement at St John's Square, there were mannequinns dressed in period costume thanks to "Durham in Time" and "Beamish Museum", a model of "The George Elmy" Lifeboat, thanks to the George Elmy Lifeboat Restoration Project, a sculpture by local artist Ken Rowden of singing miners, thanks to Seaham Town Council and music by Seaham Music Academy.

An 1880's christening gown was displayed on a realistic looking baby doll, thanks to member Mrs Shirley Lowes, Mrs Margaret Atkinson brought along a beautiful collection of clippy mats and guests were able to try their hand at this craft.

Mr Fred Cooper launched his book "The Hole in The Wall" (which is available through this website) and a 1895 Maps of Seaham were also on sale. Thanks must go to all members who helped with the setting up and dismantling of the event and to all who took part in any way.

Thanks also to the staff of "Martinos" in North Railway Street, Seaham for the beautiful room, buffet and all their help.
The event was well supported by members, families and friends, as well as local history enthusiasts, and mayors and consorts from the surrounding area.

A gift was presented to Seaham's Mayor, Cllr. Brian Allen from members of Seaham Family History Group of a page of first class postage stamps with his photograph attached (from the P.O. "Smilers" range).

SEAHAM CRICKET CLUB 1887

This copy of an old photograph from 1887 was found in Seaham Library as they prepare to move to new premises. Do you have any ideas who these men are?

BUILDING OF NEW NORTH DOCK 1905

We are grateful for this lovely photograph of the building of the new North Dock, which was opened in 1905. It was donated by Mr Jim Curry.

THEATRE ROYAL & GOLDEN LION STABLES

The Theatre Royal and Golden Lion Stables

NEW LIBRARY

Well, finally it's opened, it's light and airy and we are delighted to be part of such a beautiful building.

The photograph shows Joe Orton (librarian) and June Gowland (Durham County Council Libraries)serving the cake at the opening ceremony.

BUILDING OF SEAHAM SEA WALL

The sea wall was built in 1950s to protect the road from the sea which was eroding the cliffs.

During construction a massive hole opened up swallowing one of the wagons on site.

Today having done a successful job in saving the road, the wall is a popular promenade for residents and visitors alike.

SEAHAM CRICKET CLUB

Seaham Cricket Club 1887, photograph donated by Seaham Library

5th SEAHAM SCOUTS

This photograph was taken outside Christ Church Rectory c1920. The vicar in the centre is Rev. Kearney. Do you know anyone else?

SEAHAM CRICKET CLUB

c1950 Donated by Mr Jack Webb

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