8. Chapel Place

Known locally as the ‘V’, the Presbyterian chapel once stood at its north end. Like Blagdon Terrace (6), the houses on Chapel Place are typical of Victorian-era miners’ homes. A nineteenth-century newspaper describes the whitewashed walls of some of the miners’ dwellings, but the Chapel Place walls were painted fairly recently. There were outside toilets, and no electricity until the 1950s.

In the photograph above are Alan Dixon and John Harbottle, who lived in Chapel Place during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Alan”s family were the proud owners of the first television in Chapel Place, and welcomed neighbours to gather round most evenings!

Look out for inteviews with Alan and John! Chapel Place was also the scene of a community effort when a resident’s false teeth were rescued from the netty!

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