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Families in Easington,Co.Durham.

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Terence Report 16 Jul 2014 14:36

Hi,everybody.Just wondered if it was possible to trace families/residents living in CASTLE STREET,Easington,Co.Durham in approx.1910's/1920's.Main interests are any Donnelly family or any Robinson Family.Hope you can help or tell me how to trace them.

Regards,Terry L.


Gins Report 16 Jul 2014 15:17

Hi Terry

The 1911 census is available so you might find them using that resource

If you post the full details of the people you are looking for we might be in a position to help you


AnnCardiff Report 16 Jul 2014 16:22

720 Robinsons
39 Donnellys

in Easington 1890 - 1920


Terence Report 16 Jul 2014 16:23

Hi,Gins.Sorry I forgot to say that the Donnelly family,(John and Mary A.),
were definitely in1911 Census living at Allans Square, in
Tanfield Lea.It seems they moved to Easington at a future
date and lived in Castle Street.This is where the connection to
the Robinson family happened.(Or in adjoining streets which all
began with C.) Made a bit of a mess of the original query,didn't
I.? Apologies to all.
Terry L.


Ricochet Report 16 Jul 2014 16:25

Had hoped to find a marriage between the names in Easington, but there wasn't one

After 1911, you can only find info using the ER, for which you need to visit the main library, or County records office.


Ricochet Report 16 Jul 2014 16:26

your enquiry cannot be resolved with any available online records


Terence Report 16 Jul 2014 16:47

Hi,Every one Thanks for the effort.Looks like a visit to Durham is in order.
Regards,Terry L.


mgnv Report 17 Jul 2014 02:56

Go to
and enter the OS coordinates 443900,543800, then select an old map (pick the 1:2500 scale)

In 1919 Fourth St South ran between Bede St & Station Rd; after crossing Station Rd it became Fourth St East between Station Rd & Office St.
By 1939 the S side of 4th St S has been renamed to Bradley St (surrounded by B* streets), & the S side of 4th St E has been renamed to Castle St (surrounded by C* streets).


Terence Report 17 Jul 2014 13:16

Thanks,mgnv.I'll check that out.

Terry L.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 17 Jul 2014 15:09

(not sure if any names relating on above)

Chris :)


mgnv Report 17 Jul 2014 16:49


Terence Report 17 Jul 2014 18:19

Thanks again,mgnv.

Terry L.


Terence Report 18 Jul 2014 10:20

Hi,mgnv.Found out my mother was married from Castle Street in 1936.

Regards,Terry L.


mgnv Report 19 Jul 2014 00:17

Terence - Perhaps this post will help you get more use out of

Go to
Look up Castle Strret - I missed it as it's listed in Peterlee, not Easington/Easington Colliery.
It takes you to some URL and embedded in the URL are the coordinates of the arrowhead, viz:
(I found it by browsing the same map and just eye-balled it as 443900,543800)
The coords actually measure the easting and northing in metres from the zero datum point which is 80km W of Bishop Rock lighthouse in the Scilly Isles. The lighthouse is abt 50 km W of Lands End.
The street map at zoom level 2 has grid lines every 500m. It's the same scale as the more normal OS looking map at zoom level 3, which only has grid lines every 1km, as does zoom level 4.
It's fairly easy to eye-ball stuff to 100m precision (although it can be harder to find out what square you're being more precise in.

There is another system of coords the OS folk use - the Landranger system.
So they take the old-style coords 443865,543843 and replace the leading digit pair 4,5 with magic letters (NZ for 4,5 which covers most of Durham - upper Teesdale from Romaldkirk W is NY for 3,5).
So I get NZ 43865 43843 (I've left blanks there for clarity, but they shouldn't really be there)
To write this to just 100m precision, I just round them off as NZ 43900 43800, then drop the superfluous trailing zeros, so I get NZ 439 438. If I want to identify the whole 1km sq these fall in, it's NZ4343. This is the blue sq on the inset map at the geograph site. I can see all the pics for this sq via:

The pic I posted:
has a compass rose navigating thingy at top, so I can go to adjacent squares,
and the pic info says:

Subject Location
OSGB36: NZ 4380 4387 [10m precision]

Photographer Location
OSGB36: NZ 4383 4389

So the photographer was 30m further E and 20m further N, looking WSW at subject.

Incidentally, I can look up 443835,543895 or NZ4383543895 or NZ43834389 at Streetmap.
All 3 will put the arrowhead in the same place.

The zero datum point is set up so that every point in Gt Britain gets positive coordinates.
A lookup of 080700,006400 will get you Bishop Rock (you'll need to zoom out to level 3 or more - there's a paucity of streets in the area.
So the Scilly Isles determine the northing, Bishoop Rock is the most westerly point in England - so why's the easting datum line 80km to W?
Well, maybe you know, but North Uist in the Outer Hebrides just sticks out beyond Bishop Rock, but the real reason is Soay & St Kilda lie 85km WNW of North Uist.
Try 005700,901500

At this point, you might realize I lied mildly about the magic letters for the lading digit pair.
It's only true if one allows the second digit to be 10, 11 or 12 to deal with the Orkney & Shetland Isles.

The magic system is to lay out the 25 letters of the alphabet in a 5 x 5 grid (omit I)


The first letter of the pair identifies a 500km x 500km super sq: S for most of Enland & Wales and T for eastern England (incl London & Scarborough); N for N England (from Richmond, Yorks, N of Kendal to Seascale), all of mainland Scotland, plus the S Orkney Isles; and H for N Orkey & Shetland. (There's also lierally a couple of acres of O eroding under the cliffs N of Scarborough.)
Within each supersquare, impose the grid for the second letter to identify a 100km x 100km sq.
So W of NZ one expects to find NY for upper Teesdale, and N of NZ one expects to find NU for coastal Northumberland from Warkworth northwards. Also E of Warkworth, one expects to find NT by the time one gets to, say, Harbottle in upper Croquetdale.

However, although I know the system, I find it easiest to think of them as magic letters. I just know the letters of interest to me:
NZ=Tyneside; SC=Wigan; TQ=most of Middlesex; NJ/NK=interesting bits of Aberdeenshire (NK is Peterhead).
I know these pairs thru usage.


Terence Report 19 Jul 2014 11:07

Thanks,again mgnv.

Terry L.