HOUGHTON'S ICE CREAM SHOPS

There were three Italian ice cream parlours in Houghton-le-Spring: Riani's Cafe (aka the Gaiety Temperance Bar) on Newbottle Street, Jaconelli's Roma Cafe in Jubilee House, Newbottle Street, and Dimambro's Cafe on Durham Road.

The Minchella family is also thought to have had a business in Houghton.

Each ice cream parlour had its own particular clientele (mods favoured one, while rockers another, - but which?) while each of the Italian families had their own fascinating history and story of how they arrived in Houghton from Italy.

The shops may be long gone, but the happy memories of ice cream, music and coffee live on in Houghton still.

Colombo & Alessandro Riani's Gaiety Temperance Bar, Houghton-le-Spring

THE RIANI FAMILY

Originally known as the Gaiety Temperance Bar, Riani's Cafe was located at 67 Newbottle Street and was owned by Colombo and Alessandro Riani, two brothers from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Tuscany.
[RIANI'S CAFE] | [A RIANI RECIPE]

Diamond Jaconelli's Roma Cafe, Houghton-le-Spring

JACONELLI'S ROMA CAFE

In 1935 the Royal Oak Inn pub was demolished and Jaconelli’s Roma Cafe opened on the site in Jubilee House. It was run by Mr Diamond Jaconelli and his wife, with help from their two daughters.
[JACONELLI'S ROMA CAFE]

A. Dimambro, 3 Durham Road, Houghton-le-Spring

DIMAMBRO'S

A. Dimabro's Cafe was located at 3 Durham Road in close proximity to the bus terminus. There were a series of cubicles, each had a table and bench seats so that you could sit in and have an ice cream or coffee.
[DIMI'S]

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FACEBOOK GROUP

You can join Houghton Heritage Society by becoming a member on Facebook - or Fyass Byuk as we call it. We have over 2,500 members and the group is very popular with residents, descendants and ex-pats.
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Videos and cine footage of Houghton-le-Spring

VIDEOS OF HOUGHTON

Houghton Heritage Society's YouTube Channel features exclusive videos of Houghton-le-Spring as well as footage from our heritage events throughout the year - and of course the ancient festival of Houghton Feast!
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Old photographs of Houghton-le-Spring shared via Flickr

OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

Houghton Heritage Society has over 5,000 images in its collections. Many can be found on our Flickr page while our Facebook group has thousands of exclusive photographs as uploaded by our many members.
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