Local musician RolyVeitch has recorded a CD of songs about the history of the lower Derwent Valley, centred on Blaydon and Winlaton.
Winlaton Local History Society prepared a pack for schools in the area, including an A4 book, a copy of the CD and a poster promoting the project, the Society and this Portal.
The fully-illustrated book contains the lyrics and specially-written local history background for each track. Schools can photocopy pages and there is a loan box of 35 copies available for use in class. Send an email to make a reservation.
More detailed local history information designed for adults and more able students will be made available to be downloaded from this website.
The track list is below. When you click on the title of the track, you will be taken to a page devoted to that song.
1 Winlaton Coal
2 Crowley’s Crew
3 A Keelman's Lament (a fictional story of a keelman press ganged)
4 The Lead Road
5 Silver Hill Days (Instrumental)
6 The Blaydon Brick (Joe Cowen)
7 Winlaton Hopping
8 Winlaton Rapper Calling-on Song
9 A Legend Evermore (a history of the Blaydon Races)
10 Blaydon Races
11 Coffee Johnny Wore a White Top Hat
12 The Battle of Stella Haugh
13 The Spike, Down by the Riverside
14 Summerhill (instrumental)
15 Canny Old Blaydon (a song listing most of the old shops of old Blaydon)
16 Three Cheers for Blaydon Co-op
17 The Keelman's Way (imagining the keelman era while walking the footpath)
18 The Keel Row