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Every child and member of staff belongs to of one of our four house teams. Points are earned throughout the week and totals are announced in Friday's Dream Believe Achieve Assembly. At the end of each term the winning house team receives a special treat.
Bobby Kerr was born 16th November
1947 in Alexandria, Scotland. Kerr
joined Sunderland in 1964.
Nicknamed the Little General due to
his tough style of play and lack of
height, Kerr is known as one of the
club’s greatest ever servants. After
twice breaking his leg at the start of
his Sunderland career, Kerr
overcame the setbacks to captain
the club to FA Cup glory – a feat
which is seen as one of the greatest
shocks in English football. The game
itself was voted as one of the top ten greatest
moments at Wembley Stadium. Aside from the
FA Cup, Kerr also led Sunderland to promotion
from Division Two in 1976. Kerr left Sunderland
in March 1979 to link up with former manager
Bob Stokoe at Blackpool, before ending his
career at Hartlepool. After retiring from the
sport he went on to become a successful local
Florence Linden Travers was Houghton-le-Spring’s very own star of stage and screen. Born in the town May 1913, she acted under the name Linden Travers. Her obituary in The Guardian newspaper, in October 2001, described her as a “gifted actress who moved comfortably from femme fatale roles to light comedies.” Her first professional stage appearances were at the Playhouse,
Tyne in 1933. The
best and most
famous of her films
Her own favourite
film was Orchids for
(1948) in which she
played the title role.
Her younger brother Bill Travers starred in the film Born Free.
William Sancroft was the Rector
of Houghton-le-Spring between
1661 and 1664. He left to
become Dean of St. Paul’s
After the devastating Great Fire
of London he assisted Sir
Christopher Wren in restoring
the Cathedral. In 1677 King
Charles II asked him to become
Archbishop of Canterbury. He
accepted he honour and held
the position until he retired in 1691.
The A690 runs through Houghton-le-Spring via a locally famous transport feature named Houghton Cut. The Cut swathes through the magnesium limestone common around Sunderland and provides passage down onto the vast plain that approaches Durham. Houghton is at the foot of the steep cut and Durham Cathedral is visible seven miles in the distance. Houghton Cut was created by French prisoners during the Napoleonic War, as a route was required to transport troops from Durham to Sunderland. Fencehouses, a small village within Houghton-le-Spring, is believed to have originally been called French Houses, where the prisoners lived.
Winners of the House Team Award May 2019