Cookson’s Pond

It was full of sticklebacks and we’d spend many happy hours there fishing.

This was a magnet for young boys. It was situated down the Seaton Burn Waggonway (Farthing Line) beside Cookson’s Lead Works. It was some 50ft across and what went into it, God only knows, for the water was often multi-coloured. It was full of sticklebacks and we’d spend many happy hours there fishing.

We had two methods, the usual stick with a net (made with old stockings of our mother’s) but we preferred to use little worms tied onto thread and when the fish swallowed you pulled it out. Near the pond were a few workers’ houses and around the back were some strawberry plants. I never knew if they were wild or cultivated but we used to grab a few and run for it.

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