A few years ago I bought a lovely silver embossed pocket watch made in 1896 by Dobson Gradon Blackhill. Little did I know that it was going to lead me to try and find out more information about this gentleman.
He had several shops in the local area with one at Derwent Street in Blackhill, one at Shakespeare Street in Consett and one more down in Blackhall Mill. Through some research I managed to find out that he lived on Queens Road and that he and his whole family can be found in their resting place at Blackhill Cemetery. He and his son worked together at their various shops only to lose his son in the Great War of 1914-18. Dobson himself later died in 1950 at the old age of 85.
I have managed to find a number of newspaper advertisements promoting his shops and couldn’t help but wonder where exactly his Blackhill shop was on Derwent Street. A few pictures showing a large clock hanging outside of a shop. This could well be the place where my watch was made by Dobson all of those years ago.
Does anyone know where any of his shops were? Maybe you could help shed some light on this mystery.
Submitted by Rod Hicken