It may have been the pits, but it was home to us.
DescriptionArticle by Chris Lloyd, Northern Echo, 7th October 2013. "The Dene Valley to the east of Bishop Auckland exploded into life in the latter half of the 19th Century. It was just boggy farmland – the Gibson family lived at Close House, a house surrounded by an enclosure, or fenced paddock – until the first horsedrawn branchline of the Stockton and Darlington Railway reached it on July 10, 1827....."
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