Seaton Delaval Village

Old Village Map

The Village

Seaton Delaval is the largest of the five villages in Seaton Valley in Northumberland. Prior to 1820 it was a small community with just over 240 inhabitants. Work began in 1841 to sink the modern pits and by 1844 the population had risen to about 1,500 occupying about 275 houses. Now Seaton Delelaval has a population of 4,500.
The Webmaster wishes to point out that this hand-drawn map and many photographs plus information about the village are from the collect of the late village historian Mr ‘Tot’ Allan

The Embilton Collection

Jake Embleton (marked with a X) with other members of the 14th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. This picture was taken at Halton Park training camp in September 1914, 2 days after the battalion was raised in Newcastle.
My Grandfather Jake Embleton outside his pigeon loft at 76 Melton Terrace, New Hartley. Picture was taken circa 1908.The picture of Jake with the pigeon was published in a Pigeon Magazine, they thought it was great. Apparently not many early pictures of that era of working men with their pigeons
14th Battalion ''D'' Company, picture was taken in 1918, Sergeant Jake Embleton is marked with a cross above his helmet. On November 30th 1918 Jake was presented with a gold watch by the New Hartley Soldier and Sailor committee as a token of esteem on the occasion of him being awarded the Military Medal on October 9th 1918
Hartley Mains locomotive ''27'' pictured at Seaton Delaval colliery in 1937, the main engine shed that is still standing can be seen in the left corner of the photo (now Dallas Carpets). Number 27 was built in 1908 by Kiston & Co for the Great Western Railway before being transferred to the Cardiff Railway. The engine was bought by Hartley Mains Coal company in 1934. This was one of the first engines that my dad worked on when he started work in the engine shed in the picture in 1948, he says he could stand up inside the firebox as it was so big!
Original press cutting from the ''Daily Sketch'' of January 20th 1927 showing Mr Fenwick Charlton, the last surviving rescuer from the Hartley Disaster of 1862.
My father, William Robert Embleton aged 4 years in 1937 outside 76 Melton Terrace New Hartley.

The Gibson Collection

Taylor (standing) and brother William
Taylor and William
Taylors and Ellie's wedding (13 Sept. 1919)
Taylor and Ellie
Taylors Parents
Tayor Gibson -1914
Christmas Postcard
Christmas Postcard
Hollywell Dene
Thr Stepping Stones in Hollywell Dene
Charlie's Garden in Seaton Sluice
The Tower at Seaton Sluice
Seaton Delaval Hall

Visitors Collection

The photograph has on the back "Seaton Delaval Press Boys 1920". Sent in by BRIAN GOTTS Thought you may like to know the "press boys" photo with the football team on - back row, second in from the left was my Grandmother's brother, William (Will) Duffell. E-mail from LINDA DOBSON
Luke Long (Jean's father) drove the Co-op lorry, probably the first in Delaval - it had solid rubber tyres!!.I understand that in those days the Co-op ordered a lorry and it was specially built for them, they they taught the driver how to drive it. (no driving licence in those days). Sent in by BOB and JEAN STEPHENSON
I thought you may interested in this photograph of My Uncles and Grandmother Stewart (nee Hollyman) who lived in Seaton Delaval from the turn of the century until 1960's. They stood outside their home in Foremans Row, and lived at a couple off address's at Foremans Row over the years and Double Row as well. I would be interested if anyone had similar photos to remember them. Sent in by JAMES A. STEWART
This post card was discovered amongst a pile of papers found when my mother died and so I don't have a date for it Sent in by BRIAN GOTTS
The Mill in Holywell Dene and Hartley West Farm at Silver Hills in the background about 1912. Ian is have searching for a picture of the wooden waggonway viaduct that went over the bottom of the dene. he is pretty certain one exists, but is having difficulty finding it. Sent in by IAN CHADWICK
My grandfather (Albert William Roberts) was stationed here in 1918 - the post card is franked 13 April 1918 and if one looks closely one of the houses on the right next to the shop is marked - no doubt where he was billeted. Is it possible to find out the military unit to which he belonged from this information. His records were destroyed and we have no other records, except he was a cab-driver (horses) and a photograph which it is possible his cap badge is the Gloucester Regiment plus (just to confuse) we have a (1) postcard of a unit 2nd AA Battery RA no date but an individual marked and (2) a silky badge - sticky on reverse Any information would be gratefully received. Many thanks MARY HARRISON

Old Village Photographs