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William Standish Standish

In the old cemetery are the vaults of several famous men of Houghton and district, and one of them contains the remains of Mr. W. Standish Standish, of Cocken Hall. Mr Standish was an author and artist whose eminence was appreciated over a wide…

Rev John Grey

Rev John Grey was the rector at St. Michael & all angels at the time of consecration of Hillside 1854. Hillside was his idea due to the churchyard being full during an out break of cholera. The idea of Hillside brought alot of controversy…

Sir George Elliot

Sir George Elliot, 1st Baronet, JP (18 March 1814 – 23 December 1893) was a mining engineer and self-made businessman from Gateshead in the North-East of England. A colliery labourer who went on to own several coal mines, he later bought a wire rope…

William Beckwith

General William Beckwith, KCH (1795 – 23 February 1871) was a general in the British Army. He was the eldest son of William Beckwith of Trimdon, County Durham. Career In 1813 he enlisted as a cornet in the 16th Light Dragoons and served with…

George Wheatley

George established a successful confectionery business in Spennymoor, Durham, but soon relocated to Houghton-le-Spring where he founded the Mill House sweet factory in Houghton’s Market Place. He did not allow his disability to hinder him and his confectionery business prospered.…

Thomas William Usherwood Robinson

Thomas William Usherwood Robinson was born on 26th January 1826. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Robinson and he was baptised at St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton Le Spring on 14th July 1826. Thomas’s father George was the Maltster at…