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Some reminiscences, by permission
of Jean Kendall from her book 'The Two Hurworths' are below.
House in Hurworth once belonged to a branch of the Emerson family, who
claimed kinship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American philosopher. His
ancestors emigrated from Weardale to America some two hundred and fifty
famous Emerson was born in Hurworth in 1701. William, the son of the village
schoolmaster grew up to be a complete eccentric, rough and uncouth in
his manner. However, he was a genius at mathematics and in his adult years
he was invited to be a member of the Royal Society. This honour was rudely
rejected by him because he objected to paying for his membership!
1908, Hurworth had quite a few citizens of a good age for that period.
People of 90 were frequently met with, whilst 80 year olds seemed to be
the rule rather than the exception. Persons of 70 and 60 years where expected
to “mind their manners and look up to their elders”! The present generation
of the citizens of Hurworth seem to find the area just as beneficial —
we have at least three ladies aged 100 who currently live in the district
and a fair ration of sprightly “Senior Citizens”.
Christadelphian Church meets in a building with an interesting history.
Originally there was a building on the corner of Railway Terrace called
Holly House. This was demolished to make way for a village hall, built
for the village of Hurworth Place, in 1907, by Mrs Elizabeth Barclay Backhouse.
There was also a Quaker reading room and a caretaker’s cottage. In the
war years, dances were held upstairs in the large room which were well
supported by the Canadian airmen who were stationed at Croft airfield.
As you can imagine, it was a mecca for the local girls. Return transport
was provided from the airfield by Abbots, the local bus company. There
was a snooker table and people could play darts. There were certain restrictions
in the deeds. No strong drink was allowed on the premises and they could
not be used for a hotel. The dances continued well into the Fifties but
gradually, there was less need for the hall and it was sold to the church
which currently occupies the premises. The little cottage is still there
and is currently being refurbished to provide a house for someone.