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Reply Bob Thompson
6:13 AM on April 10, 2017 
I drove through Tow Law last Saturday in my travels up from Lincoln. I was particularly struck by the magnificent war memorial, and intended stopping to view and photograph it on my return later the same day. Unfortunately though, my satnav decided that I should return to Lincoln via Durham!

I have researched the war memorial and the Toll Law Roll of Honour. I was no less than astonished to see how many of the men of Toll Law and its surrounds gave their lives during the 2 World Wars (and, particularly, in WW1). I imagine that, for the then village per capita, Tow Law must have been close to the top of the list with such enormous losses. Not a statistic to be desired I guess, and what a very sobering thought. May those gallant men of Tow Law forever RIP.

Bob Thompson

PS. What happened to the bayonet on the memorial?
Reply cmg1
5:43 AM on March 1, 2016 
Hello there Ken
Looks as though we have common ancestors; Patrick Campbell's second wife, Mary Mackin, was my ggg aunt. I am in touch with US family from this second marriage and also with a Cheeseman ggrandson of Patrick's marriage to his first wife. I use Ancestry.com and have posted much information there. Happy to keep in touch

Regards
CM Gribbin
Reply cmg1
5:38 AM on March 1, 2016 
Ken Campbell says...
Hi cmg1
My ggg grandfather was Patrick Campbell I have much information on the Campbell family and photographs. Maybe we could exchange notes and photo's.
Regards
Ken Campbell
Reply Ken Campbell
8:52 AM on January 27, 2016 
Hi cmg1
My ggg grandfather was Patrick Campbell I have much information on the Campbell family and photographs. Maybe we could exchange notes and photo's.
Regards
Ken Campbell
Reply Pamela Richardson
9:59 AM on November 10, 2015 
Hi My great great grandfather John Birkett was listed as living at High Stoup Station on the birth of his daughter Mary Ann in 1853, and was listed as a railway plate layer. His wife was Jane (nee Pattison). I would be fascinated if anyone had any info on him, his family or what part of the railway he would have been laying at that time!
Thanks Pam
Reply Alan Icely-Brown
8:15 AM on November 7, 2015 
From Hedley Hope you would move onto Smith Street and then onto Dans Castle which is where the school was. My parents went to the school in the 1930's. My aunt married George Graham and their daughter still lives at Dans Castle. Hope this helps.
Reply jenny Eas
12:02 AM on August 8, 2015 
I am researching the family of Christopher Moore and Elizabeth Saddler they lived in Kelloe and Thornley. Their daughter Mary married John Stephenson and they and family immigrated to Australia in 1878. Any connection with the family or further information would be gratefully received.
Reply Trish
5:31 AM on June 7, 2015 
Hi
My grandad Robert Lough had relatives in Tow Law who owned Loughs shops any information welcome
Reply Dizxyliz
3:34 AM on April 30, 2015 
I am asking about the old mine that obviously was at the hedley hope we lived at next to tow law looking across yo sunniside but when I try and research information there is nothing to be found. I put in hedley hope and get a different hedley hope and east hedley hope. Can anybody help me, was it a coal mine or an iron ore mine and what name did it have, as another mine further away was called hedley hope. HELP. X
Reply Carol Chapple
3:32 AM on April 27, 2015 
Hi , my maiden name was carol graham, we lived at hedley hope and I attended the little church school up Dans Castle as a child in about 1954-1956 ish. My brother and I were chatting and we have no recollection of the name of the road we walked daily from hedley hope up to school. My mother was Theresa nee Dixon. My father was Lawrence Fairbank Graham, both Tow Law born and bred. Can anyone help with the road name. Of course the houses we lived in are all gone now. Thanks.
Reply Karen Roberton
4:39 PM on October 27, 2014 
My Great Uncle James John Preistley lived in Tow Law in 1901. He lived with his in-laws John & Elizabeth Davidson. James was a butcher. Great site
Reply john johnson
2:54 PM on June 25, 2014 
Hello, My father was born in Tow Law in 1914, his name was Thomas William Johnson. As a child you never ask the questions you realise in later years you should have. My dad married mum Loretta ( nee KYLE ) in 1945 down here in Doncaster, where they both lived until death.My childhood was full of the names; Crook, Wolsingham, Willington , Bishop Auckland, and many others, including Hunwick where mum was born in 1907. Does the society have any information about my folks.? . Thanking you in anticipation, kind regards John Johnson
Reply richard slater
10:47 AM on May 9, 2014 
Looking for Family Members of the SLATER and McGee families. to help me find my roots.
Reply Patricia Lawlor
1:33 PM on March 23, 2014 
I am looking for information on my grandfather William Thurgood who was born around 1865 in Tow Law. He married Margaret Gowland in 1903 and had three sons, Thomas born 1906, John William born 1908 and Ralph born 1910. He was killed at the pit by a runaway waggon in 1912 aged 45 and because my father Thomas was only six at the time I don't know any information about my grandfather. Many thanks Pat Lawlor
Reply Zoe
9:56 AM on October 22, 2013 
Hi, I am interested in chatting with the sites owner, I am doing a photographic project based on the towns mining. I'm born and raised in Tow Law so have some knowledge but knowledge of deeper histories would be great.
Reply Jane Hardman
6:05 PM on October 14, 2013 
I am interested in hearing from anyone who may know of Alice Hardman (nee Young) and her daughter Elizabeth Bernice Hardman. Alice went to live in Australia in the 20s, and Elizabeth was born in Australia. I understand that they later returned to her parents in Tow Law. Alice's father was called Jacob Young. Thankyou.
Reply Belinda Clare
5:53 PM on September 22, 2013 
Having family in the past from Tow Law, coundon, easingtonKelloe, wolsingham, weardale, I am tracing family within these areas, so your website may be of help in the future. Thank you
Reply Hugh Cockwill
10:14 AM on September 12, 2013 
Great to see the new web- site. My Grandfather was Thomas Westgarth (born 1895 Tow Law) - his father John George Westgarth (Born 1859 Tow law). Was delighted to visit Tow Law on Sunday evening last and discover that the War Memorial was designed and built by Tomas Westgarth (Brother ? of John George Westgarth). If anyone at the photography exhibition knows of any Westgarth photos I'd be very interested - I'm assuming that he/they were at the unveiling of the memorial so may be on photos from then?

Regards Hugh.
Reply Faye Kerr
9:06 AM on August 28, 2013 
Hello Tow Law. Have just discovered an old photo which matches your railway station. My Great grandparents William Thompson and Hannah nee Maddison came to Australia from your district I believe. Hannah's father is listed as an inn keeper on their marriage certificate. I have also discovered a tiny photo and paper clipping re William's father Joseph (Esh Winning , Tow Law and Wolsingham) Very pleased to make this connection. Cheers from Australia.
Reply cmg1
10:44 AM on August 12, 2013 
Hello Tow Law History Society
Great to see your new website.
My ggg uncle was Patrick Campbell born County Derry, builder in Tow Law in the mid-1800s. I am always looking for new information about Patrick and his family. I have a few photos to share of my Tow Law ancestors including one taken in the 1890s of pupils of the little convent school attached to St Joseph RC church in Tow Law. If someone can email me, I'm happy to send the photos on to this website. Your new photos of Tow Law are real treasures - will they be documented at some time? Good luck to you all in Tow Law and I look forward to hearing how your October Exhibition goes. cmg1