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History of Horden.

Horden  Colliery.
The shaft was sunk in 1900, by 1930 it employed over 4,000 people. It prospered until the 1970's when water and geological problems arose. It closed in 1986.
The infant school harvest festival 1956.

St. Mary's Church. (Shown on home page)
The church was built in 1911 by William Pearson and sons at a cost of 9,000 and is known locally as the miners cathedral.  
It was consecrated in 1913 and it's bells, which can be heard on Sunday mornings (and on this page) were put in place in 1929.
Many generations of Horden families have been married here, including my own parents and grandparents.
Other interesting information.
In 1850 the only buildings in Horden were farms, Horden Hall farm, Warren farm, West Horden farm and Cotsford Grange farm.
The Horden we know today was built from 1900 onwards, mainly homes for miners.
For more information about Horden Hall farm and more photo's of Horden go to the Bryan Hoggarth site on the links page.

     Horden Hall farm
Horden Railway Station
Horden railway station opened in 1905. It was busy up to the early 1960s when public transport and cars became more popular.
The Queen stopped here when she visited the North East in 1960.
The station closed in 1964 as part of Dr. Beeching's cutbacks.