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Moray Arms

Picture source: T C

The Moray Arms was situated at 94 Durham Road. Closed in 2007, it is now used for residential purposes.
My grandparents, Alfred Alexander and Mary Blyth, known as ‘Sis’ to her friends, lived at no.70 Durham Road from after the second world war until the street was demolished in the 1970’s. He was a “Totter”, a rag and bone man, in the old fashioned sense. He even had a horse and cart. The horse was kept in a stable yard just off Durham Road. They used The Moray several times a week along with my uncles, Freddie, Stanley and Alfie. I was only, just today, considering a trip to London to visit the pub and talk to some of the elderly residents to see if any of them remember my family. What a pity that it has now closed. Our pubs, although not as popular as they once were, are the only places where locals can meet. Sad times.
Robert Warren (July 2012)
I have memories of The Moray Arms as a child in the 1950's. My Gran (the Herriott family) lived at 75 Durham Road. It was my Dad's childhood home and they lived there from around 1916 until the mid 1960's, when it was learnt that the houses were due for demolition. When I used to visit, always on a Sunday, the day would start off with high tea with my Gran and my Dad's sister Jessie and her husband Jerrie who lived upstairs at No. 75, plus any other members of the Herriott family who might also be visiting. In true tradition, the day was always rounded off with the adults going to The Moray and us children playing outside and given a glass of orange and a packet of crisps. I can remember the cobbled yard at the side of the pub with the stables at the end which housed the 'rag and bone' horses and I took great delight in running down to see them. I took a trip back down Durham Road many years later with my Mum (I believe after my Dad had passed away) and we were so sad to see blocks of council flats in place of the houses.
Joan Herriott (September 2012)
I lived opposite the Moray Arms when it was a taxi garage. There were homes above the garage. My mother Kate Smith worked in the Moray for many years as a bar maid and my father drank there as did most of the locals.
Ian Smith (May 2013)

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Name Dates Comments
Robert Warren 1945-1975 The Blyths at 70 Durham Road.
Joan Harrison (nee Herriott) 1950s