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3 - 4 Claremont Terrace
These are the former offices of the Brewers and Wine Merchants, W.B. Reid & Co Ltd , now occupied by Newcastle University.

Ghost sign of Reid's above an entrance.

Photographed 24th October 2018.

3 College Street - Newcastle Racquet Courts
Designed by Hubert Laws and opened in 1888. Built for members of the Union Club on Westgate Road. Rackets (or racquets) was a cross between real tennis and squash. An earlier uncovered court measuring 112 feet x 62 feet had been built in Newgate Street in 1823. The College Street court conformed to the new standard 60 feet x 30 feet, established by the Prince's Club in London in 1853. The balls were made of compressed cloth covered in white sheepskin. The court is a plain unadorned brick building. It has a viewing gallery on the fourth side, accessed by an ornate spiral staircase. The Newcastle court is only one of two surviving in the north. The other is the Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club, dating from 1880. Squash has since become more popular and the College Street court has also been used for badminton, judo and a creche. It has lain empty since 2010
8-14 Claremont Street
Unique in Newcastle, these residential properties at 8-14 Claremont Street are unlisted but worthy of note non the less.
Ground floor of rusticated ashlar with balconies above overlooked by false mansards supported by cast iron posts.
Photographs taken 24th October 2018:

800th anniversary of the Mayoralty and the 800th anniversary of the burgesses of the City Freemen
The Freemen of Newcastle have kindly funded banners, to raise awareness of the 800th anniversary of the Mayoralty and the 800th anniversary of the burgesses of the City (Freemen), and these have been installed in the City Centre.

The banners depict the 800th City Crest and also the individual company crests of the Freemen.

2016 marks the creation of Newcastle’s Mayoralty and of Newcastle’s Burgesses (Freemen). King John, by Charter, granted Newcastle to the Freemen at an annual payment of £100 which appeared until quite recently in the City's annual accounts.

The 1216 Royal Charter allowed the merchants to elect their own mayor and to control trade on the River Tyne. This Charter and its successors were repeatedly confirmed by successive Sovereigns. This is a historic landmark for two of the oldest surviving institutions in the City.
A&P Yard - Hebburn
Some shots of vessels in the former Palmers Yard ar Hebburn - now A&P.
This is St John the Devine in the Northumbrian village of Acklington. The Church was consecrated in 1861 and designed by James Eason (1860). Acklington is a very small rural village and is more famed for its World War 2 Airfield and the present day Young Offenders Prison.
Ad Gefrin
This monument on the north side of the Wooler to Kirknewton road (B6351) stands this testimonial to the site of Ad Gefrin the royal residence of early Anglo-Saxon kings.

Check out these links for further information:
Alderman Fenwicks House
The building dates from the 17th Century and its structure is quite complex having included parts of adjoining properties and also extensions which over the years have been demolished.

Probably safe to say that this is the oldest brick built house in the City Centre.

Built as a home for Fenwick who was a Merchant it went on to become part of the Queens Head Hotel then the Newcastle Liberal Club. Unfortunately it was then left to decline for a number of years and was threatened by its then owners with demolition. However Newcastle City Council stepped in and purchased the building in 1980 and leased it to the Tyne and Wear Buildings Preservation Trust who carried out the restoration. The restoration was completed in 1997 and the building is now used as offices.

A Grade 1 Listed.

Not open to the public but often takes part in the Heritage Open Days Weekend.
All Saints Cemetery
This Cemetery stands on Jesmond Road, opposite Jesmond Old Cemetery.

This Cemetery is not connected with All Sants Church and is owned and operated by Newcastle City Council.

Opened in 1857 and designed by Newcastle Architect Benjamin Green.

Interesting point from Alan Morgan’s book “Beyond the Grave – Exploring Newcastle’s Burial Grounds” – When Carliol Square Gaol closed in 1924 the bodies of executed prisoners (previously buried within the confines of the Gaol) were reinterred in All Saints Cemetery in an unmarked mass grave.
All Saints Church
This album contains photographs of one of Newcastle's oldest former Parish Church, All Saints.

The present Church dates from 1786 and was designed by David Stephenson. This pre-dates an earlier Church (All Hallows) which had been allowed to become derelict.

Claims have been made that the site of the Church housed a Roman Temple.

The Church is presently used by the Anglican Old Church and is known as Saint Willibrord with All Saints. The Church has its own web site at:

See the sub album for photographs from my climb up the Spire of All Saints
All Saints Church Rennington
A parochial chapelry built in 1831 on the site of a 12th century Norman chapel.

The present church was paid for by Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland at the cost of £700.

The font in the current church is thought to be from the original building and may date from the 14th century, although I see that Pesvner claims it came from Embleton Church.

Since its opening in 1831 the building has undergone further changes including the enlargement of the churchyard in 1890 which was perhaps a strange decison given that it closed to burials in 1892. A graveyard was however opened adjacent to the churchyard in 1949.

Photographed 12th November 2017.

The Northumberland Market Town of Allendale.
Northumberland coastal village of Alnmouth.
Some say the capital of Northumbria.
Not quite the North East of England - located in Cumbria on the border with Northumberland.
Northumbrian fishing port of Amble.
Various photographs taken in Amsterdam
Andy Treadwells' - John Cleave's Building Mural
The launch of Andy Treadwells' Mural on the frontge of John Cleave's building on Union Road, Blyth, 18th August 2013.

Based on views of Blyth.
Angel of the North
Situated within the Borough of Gateshead, The Angel of the North is a major attraction to visitors - about 150,000 a year stop to see the awe-inspiring sculpture close up. The scale cannot fail to impress them, at 20 metres (65 feet) it is more than the height of four double decker buses. Its wings will be 54 metres (175 feet) wide - almost as long as the wings of a Jumbo jet The Angel also has a warm, appealing colour. It is of a special weather resistant steel which contains copper. The surface oxidises to form a patina which mellows with age to a rich red brown colour.
Antler Newcastle Alpine Bar and Kitchen
Newly opened Bar and Restaurant opened beneath 55 Degrees North.
Arthurs Hill Area
This part of Newcastle Upon Tyne is more or less a square area bordered by Diana Street to the South, Barrack Road to the East, The General Hospital to the North and Westgate Road to the West..
Starting off with a couple of photographs of dusk at the Queen Elizabeth 2 Park
Backworth and Shiremoor
Bainbridge Poster
A 19th Century Advert for the Newcastle Upi Tyne Store of Bainbridge & Co
Ballast Hills Graveyard
The Ballast Hills Graveyard was used to bury non-conformists with the earliest burial taking place in the Plague year of 1609. As the name suggests the graves were dug in what was a Ballast Hill - the Ballast coming from ships on the nearby Tyne. The graveyard was formalised in 1785 with a wall being built and charges being made for burials. The last burial was in 1853. Should you require any further information or details of individuals headstones, please contact me by e-mail.
The Olde english for 'Bebbes Fortified Place' - Bebbe was the Queen of Aethlefrith, 7th century King of Northumbria (From Abberwick to Yetlington by Ian Robinson). A lovely North Northumberland Village with imposing Castle, Church and home to Grace Darling amongst other things.
Bank of England Demolition
This is the former Bank of England building that sits overlooking Swan House Roundabout and which had entrances on Pilgrim Street and Carliol Square.

Built between 1968 and 1971 to a design by Architects Fitzroy, Robinson and Partners.

The demolition of the building down to ground (Pilgrim Street) level began in April 2012, the levels including the vaults will be left in situ for the moment.
Bardon Mill Pottery
The largest building in the village is the Errington Reay & Co. Ltd pottery which is the only licensed producer of salt glazed pottery in the United Kingdom.

Originally built in 1760 as a water powered woollen mill. A fire in 1876 caused a change in business when the woollen mill machinery was destroyed. The mill was then converted into a pottery by Robert Errington and William Reay for the manufacture of salt glazed sanitary ware.

Today the pottery still practices the traditional way of manufacture such as hand thrown clay and products dried in coal fired down draught kilns. The production of salt glazed clay involves the kiln being heated to 1,260 degrees centigrade, salt is thrown into the kiln which vaporises and reacts with the silica in the clay resulting in the salt glaze. The process takes two days to complete.

These photographs taken 17th July 2014:

Barras Bridge
Bath Lane
Bath Lane runs from the end of Wellington Street down to the junction with Westgate Road and Thornton Street.

To the eastern side of Bath Lane lie a good section of the City Walls and also Newcastle’s China Town (Stowell Street).

So why is it called Bath Lane, it is named after the public baths that were built there in 1781 by Dr Hall and Messrs H Gibson and R B Abbs (Surgeon), the baths being located towards the southern end of Bath Lane. The baths were privately owned and featured a large swimming pool as well as a Buxton vapour bath. R J Charleton describes the baths in 1800 as consisting of medicated vapour baths, hot, tepid or of Buxton temperature, together with enclosed baths for ladies and gentlemen, also a large open or swimming baths, where the young gentlemen acquire this necessary art, free from the dangers of those fatal accidents which too frequently happen in large rivers or deep ponds.

Bath Lane is also famous for it being the one time home of Rutherford College and a foundation stone from that building sits forlornly on the roadside marking the spot where the building once stood.

Also of note is the former Fever Hospital (Recovery House) which was opened in 1804 and is now the home to NEMLAC. The Fever Hospital was strategically positioned outside of the City Walls and treated contagious diseases such as small pox, typhoid etc. It closed in 1888.
Beamish Museum
A visit to Beamish Museum - 18th May 2014
Bellasis Bridge
Bellasis Bridge - Near Horton Grange In 1239, Roger de Merley gave the Abbey the bridge of Horton over the River Blyth and free passage, portage and carriage over his land for the transport of peat and farm produce from Horton Grange to Morpeth. This is the bridge now known as the Bellasis Bridge. It can be found on the road which runs from Horton Grange to Tranwell. Special thanks to Dan Ellis for the black and white photograph - taken by him as a 12 year old in December 1955.
Bellingham is a village in Northumberland, to the north-west of Newcastle upon Tyne and is situated on the Hareshaw burn at its confluence with the River North Tyne.
Bellister Castle
To the north of Featherstone is the Grade I Listed Bellister Castle, located on the eastern side of the River South Tyne. Bellister takes its name from the Norman French bel-estre, ‘fine place’. Unfortunately the castle is not open to the public but it can be viewed from the nearby road, Bellister Bank.

The castle is actually a ruined tower house (pele) dating from the 13th century, with an additional house attached in the 17th century, it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There is some contention as to whether the mound on which the castle stands is natural or part of an earlier motte and bailey castle. There is a claim that the stone for the construction of the tower may have been taken from Hadrian’s Wall.

The attached three story seven bedroomed house has a date stone showing 1669 and the building was much remodelled by Newcastle architect John Dobson in 1826 and 1890. The castle is under the custodianship of the National Trust and the house is leased as a private residence.

The castle does of course have a ghost tale, allegedly haunted by the Grey Man who was a travelling minstrel. It appears that the then owner of the castle, Lord Blenkinsopp, unjustly accused the man of being a Scottish spy and had his servant set their dogs against him. The minstrel was torn to shreds by the dogs and now haunts the place of his death.

One other myth concerns an old sycamore tree which stands in the grounds of the castle. It is known as the ‘hanging tree’ and the tale is that it was used by Cavaliers to execute captured Roundheads during the Civil War.
Bells Court
Bells Court used to run off Pilgrim Street and ran down to Carliol Square. These images taken 26th December 2004.
Benton Square Mission
These photographs of the 1904 rebuilt Benton Mission Chapel taken 19th March 2017.
This is Benwell, a suburb of Newcastle Upon Tyne, lying to the West of the City.
Lying on the English side of the Anglo Scottish Border.
Bessie Surtees House
This series of photographs (Digital) of Bessie Surtees House on Newcastle's Quayside were taken, 16th September 2000 as part of the Heritage Open Day Scheme. Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Bewick Court
This is the elevated area above John Dobson Street.
Bewick Street
Named after the Artist,Wood Engraver and Naturalist THOMAS BEWICK (1753-1828) who lived nearby between 1781 and 1812.
Bigg Market
The World Famous Bigg Market area of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Renowned for its lively bars short skirted lasses and lads in shirt sleeves..
Billy Mill Roundabout - Coast Road
Photographs of the changes to Billy Mill Roundabout, North Shields.
Black and White Day
This set of photographs were taken by my mate Bernie Lonnberg - they show the celebration of Black and White Day in Newcastle on 12th May 2006. This being to honour the retirement of Alan Shearer - top scorer at Newcastle United FC
Black Gate Visit - 23rd February 2013
A tour of the Black Gate by Kate Sussams , Project Manager of the Old Newcastle Project on 23rd February 2013.
Blackett Street
One of the Newcastle Upon Tyne 'ancient' streets, originally being a lane running westwards from Pilgrim Street.

It was not until improvements took place in 1824 that the street became a major thoroughfare with elegant new houses replacing gardens and middens.

The street was named after John Erasmus Blackett (1728 - 1814)who was Mayor of Newcastle on four occasions in the 18th Century.
There you have it - Blackett Street.
Some of Newcastle Upon Tyne's oldest set of buildings dating from before 1240.

Originally a monastery and then used for housing and a meeting place for the City's Guilds. Well restored and well worth a visit.
Blanchland is a village in Northumberland, England, on the County Durham boundary.
Blandford Square
Blandford Square - Workshop Demolition
Whilst not 'historically important' the fact that a gap will shortly open up right next to Blandford House is worthy of mention and 'recording'.

Not a series of buildings that would immediately spring to mind, but there are workshops and offices to the immediate North of the Discovery Museum, red bricked, and previously used as premises for carpenters, French polishers, a saw mill, smithy and stables, owned by the Co-op and built between 1912 and 1930. A second level to the offices next to the Museum appears to have been built post World War 2.

The Co-op want to sell the land as a development and have Carter Towler touting the plot -
Blaydon on Tyne stands on the South side of the Tyne, opposite Newcastle Upon Tyne..
Blaydon Bridge
This road bridge carries the A1 from North to South of the River Tyne at Blaydon and Scotswood.
Blaydon Road Bridge
Designed by Bullen and Partners with building work by Edmund Nuttall, Blaydon Road Bridge was built between 1987 and 1990, now carrying the A1. It was opened to traffic on 3rd December 1990, the Queen having officially unveiled a plaque on the bridge, 1st December 1990.

The cost of buildings the bridge was £17 millions.

Dimensions are:
Total length 332 m
Width 14.6 m
Longest span 108 m
Blenheim Street
Various views of this area of Newcastle Upon Tyne, including the Tyne & Wear Science Museum. The museum is situated in Blandford Square and is well worth a visit. It's FREE to get in and contains a lot of exhibits arsing from the Tyneside area including the ship Turbinia. Blenheim Street is named after the Duke of Marlborough's victory over the Fench in 1704..
Blue Carpet
This piece of modern art can be found outside of The Laing Art Gallery in Newbridge Street. Thomas Heatherwick Studio is the team behind the innovative Blue Carpet design for Newcastle city centre; the first new public space in the city this century. Thomas Heatherwick Studio's design was the winning entry in a public competition launched by Newcastle City Council in July 1996 in partnership with local business, Northern Arts and Tyne and wear Museums. The scheme received its funding from the Arts Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development.
Various photographs of Blyth including some of the visit by HMS Blyth in April 2002
Blyth Cemetery
This is the Council operated cemetery on the road between Blyth and Seaton Sluice.
Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind farm
Various photographs of the Wind Farm installed September - October 2017.
Blyth Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Various photographs taken at the event.
Bolam - St Andrews Church
It is interesting to note that a Medieval Village once stood next to St Andrews Church, it is now long gone, leaving the Church to stand on its own. The Church features a Saxon Tower, dating from 960 A.D. with much of the building added and remodelled over the years including much building work in the Norman period (12th Century). The Churchyard holds many graves dating from the 17th Century and includes such notables as the Middleton Family from nearby Belsay Hall and a grave dedicated to the owners of Shortflatt Tower.
Bolland Memorial - Bullen Memorial, St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth
This is the memorial to the Reverend John Bolland, a curate of the parish who died in Jerusalem in 1857 and is buried on Mount Sion. Photographed 10th September 2015 during my Heritage Open Days 2015 visit.

Not quite sure why the memorial is also known as the Bullen Memorial?

Grade II Listed, this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Bullen Memorial 100 Yards North West of Church of St Mary

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 August 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 238724

OS Grid Reference: NZ1962685127
OS Grid Coordinates: 419626, 585127
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1601, -1.6935

Location: 34 St Marys Field, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2QX

Locality: Morpeth
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE61 2QX

NZ 1985
Bullen Memorial
approx 100 yards north west of Church of St. Mary


Churchyard memorial. c.1860 (records death in Jerusalem in 1857), to Rev. John Bullen. Sandstone. Gothic style. Large pinnacle c.33 ft. high with base of 4 square steps. 2 tiers of gabled lucarnes, the upper tier elaborately crocketed and with angels at the foot of each gable. Foliated-cross finial. Copper plate with inscription.

Listing NGR: NZ1962885126
Bolton Chapel
This is the chapel of ease to St John the Baptist Edlingham (previously covered at ) located in the hamlet of Bolton, Northumberland and these photographs were taken on 16th April 2003.

A church has been on this site since Saxon times and the first recorded history is from 1175 when ownership was transferred, along with that of Edlingham Church, from St Albans Abbey to Durham Priory.

It is thought that parts of the chapel date from the time when it was a leper hospital. Robert de Ros, Baron of Wark-on-Tweed, and his wife Isabella, who was the daughter of King William I, founded the leper hospital at Bolton which was dedicated to St Thomas the Martyr in In 1225. Following the Reformation in 1547.the hospital was dissolved but the chapel survived.

One famous visitor was the Earl of Surrey (Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk) who in September 1513 celebrated holy communion in the chapel two days before the Battle Of Flodden. See my previous mention of the Earl of Surrey @

Grade II Listed this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Bolton Chapel
Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 236566

OS Grid Reference: NU1063513675
OS Grid Coordinates: 410635, 613675
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4169, -1.8335

Location: Hedgeley, Northumberland NE66 2EE

Locality: Hedgeley
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE66 2EE
9/221 formerly listed as Bolton Chapel 21.12.69 Church, dedication unknown


Chapel-of-ease, Anglican. Chancel arch C12, chancel walls probably medieval, nave and north transept early C19", south porch and vestry c.1868.

Chancel coursed rubble with later ashlar dressings; C19 parts tooled stone with ashlar dressings, except for rock-faced porch; Welsh slate roofs, with 3 bands of green fishscale slates on South slde of chancel.

Aisleless 4-bay nave with south porch and north transept, small chancel with north vestry Romanesque style. Nave has 4 round-arched single-light windows in double-chamfered surrounds on south, 2 similar windows on-north, and a wider round-arched west window; small arched bellcote o west gable. South porch has studded double doors under trefoil arch, and cross finial; inside porch panelled double doors with metal-latticed fanlight, under double-chamfered arch on moulded imposts. North transept has triplet of round-headed lights to north. Similar stepped triplet with circular light above in east end of chancel; single-light window on south to east of earlier blocked window. Ring cross finial on east gable.

Interior: Plastered. Semicircular chancel arch, stepped towards nave, on worn imposts carried back as band along east wall of nave. Early C19 3-bay screen of moulded arches on slender round piers wit scalloped caps, to north transept. Collar-beam roof trusses with upper king posts, those to transept and chancel with arch braces on moulded corbels, the latter with pierced infill and wallplate. Boarding between rafters painted blue spangled with gold stars.

Small font with round shaft and moulded bowl dated '1732' in north transept; elaborate C19 Romanesque font in nave. Wrought-iron altar rails and Minton tiles in sanctuary. Coat of arms o Martha Burrill, d.1700, on south of chancel; similar painted coat of arms on north of nave. Severa C18 and C19 wall tablets, including monument to Forster family (1790-1809), with draped urn signed by R. Blore, and 1864 tablet to Lewis de Crespigny Buckle, who perished at sea on the S.S. Nemesis.

Listing NGR: NU1063513675

Newcastle, United Kingdom (16 November 2002) – Following a 13,000 nautical mile journey from South Korea, the massive 300,000 tonne Bonga hull has arrived safely at AMEC’s Wallsend facility on Tyneside. The company will now spend the next 10 months project managing the programme to turn the hull into one of the largest and most complex floating oil and gas production facilities ever built. The vessel will begin working for Shell of the West African coast in early 2004.
A lovely village, no more than a single row of estate cottages which sit close to the River Wansbeck. The Church of St Andrews dates from the 13th Century and contains the graves of the Ogle Family whose Family Seat was at the nearby Bothal Castle.
Bothal Castle
Photographs of Bothal Castle taken on 10th September 2015, unfortunately the Castle's Gatehouse is a private residence of the Cavendish-Bentinck family and not open to the public.

Grade i Listed, this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Bothal Castle Gatehouse and Adjacent Wing to West

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 April 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 235949

OS Grid Reference: NZ2398586520
OS Grid Coordinates: 423985, 586520
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1724, -1.6250

Location: Bothal Bank, Wansbeck, Northumberland NE61 6SL

Locality: Ashington
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE61 6SL

NZ 2386 (West side)

7/79 Bothal Castle: Gatehouse and adjacent wing to west 14/4/49

Castle gatehouse, probably c.1343 when Robert Bertram obtained licence to crenellate, restored from ruin 1830-31: adjacent wing c.1858, incorporating some medieval walling, extended and heightened 1909; C19 and early C20 work for Sample family, agents for Duke of Portland.

Squared stone with cut dressings; gatehouse roof leaded, Lakeland slates on wing. Gatehouse rectangular in plan, with semi-octagonal turrets flanking entrance on north, and rectangular south-west stair turret.

North elevation: Gatehouse 3 storeys, 3 bays and 2-bay right wing. Moulded pointed central arch with portcullis slot, 1st floor window of 2 trefoiled lights with quatrefoil in spandrel, 3-light square-headed window with transom above. Flanking turrets have 3-light windows, mostly C19, except for single- light loops to ground floor left. Crenellated parapet with gargoyles, important display of contemporary heraldry and 2 worn stone figures (of. Alnwick Castle). Inner return of each turret shows blocked shoulder-arched door, probably early C19. 2-bay wing to right has 3-light mullioned windows (those on 2nd floor blocked) and crenellated parapet. Left return of gatehouse shows original 2-light lst-floor window and 3-light transomed window above.

South elevation, to bailey: Gatehouse has double-chamfered arch; original 2-light window above with C15 transomed 2-light window with panel traceried head on right, brought from Cockle Park Tower in 1830-31 restoration. 3- and 4-light transomed windows to 2nd floor, the latter a late C19 insertion. Small loops to right and in taller projecting stair turret on left. Wing to left 4 storeys, 3 bays; projecting embattled porch with moulded arch, 2- 3- and 4-light mullioned windows, some transomed. 2-storey extension on far left projects beyond line of curtain wall.

Interior: Gate passage has pointed rib vault with 4 murder-holes. Blocked shouldered doorway in each wall, and 2 chamfered loops on west. Ground floor chambers have round-arched rib vaults. 1st floor chamber has segmental ribbed rear arches to original windows, some with window seats. Newel stair capped by ribbed umbrella vault; shoulder-arched doorways. Wing has open-well closed-string stair with turned balusters. 1st floor drawing room has C15 fireplace with embattled lintel, brought from Cockle Park, and oak panelling originally from East-Indiaman ship. One wall, and stair, have plasterwork in imitation of panelling.

Historial Note: The Bertrams were lords from the late C12 until 1406, when the estate passed to the Ogles. Sir John Ogle was besieged here by his elder brother Sir Robert, who took the castle but was later compelled to return it to Sir John.

Listing NGR: NZ2398586520
Branton and Glanton United Reformed Church
These photographs of Branton and Glanton United Reformed Church taken in Glanton Village on 27th December 2017.

Grade II Listed, this is the listing text courtesy of Th British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Branton and Glanton United Reformed Church
Listing Date: 25 August 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1371089
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236557
Location: Glanton, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Glanton

GLANTON WEST TURNPIKE (South side) Glanton Village.
NU 0614

United Reformed Church, formerly Presbyterian. 1783; porch and stair projection 1912 by George Reavell of Alnwick.

C18 part squared stone with cut dressings. 1912 extension tooled squared stone with ashlar dressings.

Welsh slate roof with timber belfry under lead cap.
1783 building a simple rectangular preaching box.

North elevation, to street; 1912 extension in 2 sections. Tall plinth. Lower right part has half-glazed double doors in lugged architrave flanked by 2-light windows with projecting sills and blocks beneath; moulded cornice broken forward above door, and flat-coped parapet. Stair projection on left has broad rusticated angle pilasters and arched window in shouldered and lugged architrave with triple keystone; open-pedimented gable.

1783 church above and behind extension has slender raised pilasters at angles and 2 windows in raised stone surrounds, that to left blocked and partly hidden by stair projection. Coped gables on moulded kneelers; bellcote near left end of ridge has twin pointed- arched openings and swept pyramidal cap with weathervane. Returns each show angle pilasters linked by band at eaves level; keyed oculus (that on east with clock) and cruciform loop in each gable; east end also shows central gallery window in raised stone surround, above inserted window in tooled-and-margined alternating-block surround. South elevation 4 bays, symmetrical. Centre bays have tall arched windows in raised stone surrounds with imposts and keystones; end bays have similar but shorter windows to both ground floor and gallery levels; the lower ones originally doorways. All windows have 1912 leaded glazing.

Interior: Panelled east gallery (remodelled 1912 using old material) on 2 round columns with moulded caps and bases carrying fluted frieze and modillion cornice. Other woodwork all 1912; numbered pews with frames for pew-rent cards. Wall tablet as World War I memorial.

Listing NGR: NU0691214504

Brazil versus New Zealand - Olympics 2012
Photographs taken by my son Scott on 1st August 2012 at St James' Park - Brazil versus New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics.
Brinkburn Farmbuilding Range
Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Farmbuilding Range on West of Yard at Brinkburn Lodge
Listing Date: 15 September 1988
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1041900
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236736
Location: Brinkburn, Northumberland, NE65
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Brinkburn

BRINKBURN B 6334 Farmbuilding range on west of yard at Brinkburn Lodge (South side)
NZ 19 NW

Cartshed, shelter sheds, granary and bothy. Early C19.

Squared stone with tooled-and-margined quoins and dressings; blue slate roof. 1 + 2 storeys, 6 irregular bays. Boarded double doors under tall segmental-arched cart entrance at left end; arcade of 3 similar but lower arches in centre, with 2 windows above and boarded opening with pigeon holes above right. Bothy at right end has boarded door with 5-pane overlight, 16-pane sash to left and 6-pane casement on 1st floor. Coped gables; banded ridge stack, rendered, to bothy. Right return shows O.S.B.M. Rear elevation shows boarded door to cart shed; 2 windows to granary; 8-pane sash with external iron bars and 1st floor 6-pane casement to bothy.

Listing NGR: NZ1171499105

Brinkburn Lodge
This is the Grade II Listed Brinkburn Lodge which stands to the side of the Rothbury B6334 road, photographed 6th May 2018.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Brinkburn Lodge
Listing Date: 15 September 1988
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1303955
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236735
Location: Brinkburn, Northumberland, NE65
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Brinkburn

BRINKBURN B 6334 (South side) No. 1 Brinkburn Lodge
NZ 19 NW

Lodge, early C19.

Large coursed rubble, rendered and pebbledashed, with ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof. Gothick style. 2 storeys, 2 bays. Central boarded door with overlight in 4-centred arch, within C20 porch; 12-pane sash windows, with intersecting heads under similar arches, to ground floor; small C20 window at 1st floor right. Coped right gable; ridge and right end stacks with chamfered caps. Two similar arched sashes on left return. Rear elevation shows renewed 12-pane sashes, to ground floor and in gabled half dormer, under square heads. All old openings in raised surrounds.

Adjacent houses are not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ1175499062

Brinkburn Priory
Grade I Listed, this is the listing text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: The Priory Church

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236739

OS Grid Reference: NZ1159398324
OS Grid Coordinates: 411593, 598324
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2789, -1.8190

Location: Brinkburn, Northumberland NE65 8AT

Locality: Brinkburn
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 8AT

BRINKBURN BRINKBURN PRIORY (formerly listed as Brinkburn Priory Church)
NZ 19 NW

Church of Augustinian Priory, c.1190-1220; fell into ruins in C17 but conservatively restored 1858-59 by Thomas Austin of Newcastle for Cadogan Hodgson Cadogan.

Squared stone with cut dressings; roof of small red clay tiles. Cruciform plan; nave with north aisle of 6 narrow bays, low crossing tower, transepts with 2-bay eastern aisles and 2-bay aisleless presbytery; some ruins of the chapter house vestibule or slype adjoin the south transept. Transitional style.

Nave: Main north entrance in 2nd bay from west: round arch of 3 orders with beakheads, chevron, zigzag and billet hood; carved capitals to jamb shafts; large dog-tooth to jambs and to outer angles of gabled projection holding doorway with arcade of 3 trefoiled arches above. Aisle wall has chamfered plinth, pilaster buttresses and broad lancet windows. Tall round headed clerestorey windows. West end: nave north-west turret with shafted angles and pyramidal cap; the south-west turret which had fallen before the restoration, rebuilt to eaves level only. Wall arcade of pointed arches below a similar but taller arcade incorporating 3 tall lancets; jambs shafts missing; 3 stepped lancets in the gable. South nave wall arcade of trefoiled arches between the 2 processional doors under C19 pent tiled canopies: western door has moulded round arch on shafted jambs with dogtooth, all much renewed; eastern door has moulded and ornamented arch with tegulated hood and carved capitals to former jamb shafts. Above is rebate for timbers of cloister walk roof, and 5 tall round-headed windows. South transept: west wall has round-arched moulded doorway with waterleaf capitals to former jamb shafts, and twin rebated book lockers, with 2 tall round-headed windows above; south wall has clasping buttresses, blocked door to right stair and C19 Romanesque wheel window in gable; attached transverse arch and fragments of side walls of formerly-vaulted east-west chamber; east wall has lancets to aisle and round-arched clerestorey. In angle of south transept and presbytery, above aisle roof, is small statue in C16 canopied niche. North transept has similar east elevation; north wall has central projecting stair turret with small loops, flanked by lancets with round-headed windows above; turret is capped by gabled late C19 bellcote with cusped bargeboards. North end of aisle has small C14 trefoiled ogee window. Presbytery has lancets with round-headed windows above in side walls,with strings at sill levels; 3 tiers of lancets, the uppermost stepped, in east end, divided by buttresses which pass from square to semi-octagonal to keeled section as they rise; C19 finial cross. All parts of the church have a C19 eaves,cornice on moulded corbels. The central tower rises little above the roof ridges, and has a plain parapet.

Interior: Nave arcade of double-chamfered pointed arches with chamfered hoods, on octagonal piers with moulded caps; tympanum openings, above piers, of twin moulded round arches. Chamfered string between arcade and tympanum, moulded string between tympanum and clerestorey. Aisle has moulded springers for vault, never completed. Crossing has tall moulded pointed arches on shafted jambs. Transepts show similar detail to nave; aisles, each formerly a pair of chapels, have quadripartite vaults with chamfered ribs; piscina in southernmost chapel. Presbytery has string courses at sill levels and double-arched recess with piscina on south; blocked shoulder-arched door to former sacristy on north. C19 arch-braced collarbeam roofs.

The only medieval monuments are a fine cross slab with an inscription to Prior William, a suffragan Bishop of Durham, d.1484, and a few plain slabs; several C17 and C18 ledger stones. Pink marble slab to Cadogan Hodgson Cadogan d.1888, the restorer, in centre of presbytery. C19 tiled floors throughout. Stained glass: grisaille window, south of presbytery, by Austin incorporating fragments of original glass; other windows by Wailes and (east end) Clayton and Bell. Romanesque carved stone altar of 1898; late C19 choir stalls; panelled wood pulpit on stone base, dated 1874. 1868 organ by William Hill. Plain medieval font in presbytery.

A.B.E. Clark 'Brinkburn Priory' (D.0.E. guide) l982.

Broad Chare
Chare is a Geordie word meaning a narrow lane. Along the Quayside of Newcastle Upon Tyne there are a number of Chares and were often the dividing line between properties. Many of the Chares were destroyed in the Great fire of 1854. Whilst most Chares were very narrow, Broad Chare was the widest and was said to have been wide enough to allow two carts to pass. Broad Chare runs from the Quayside up to the Northern end of the Tyne Bridge. Another area steeped in history..
Brown Ale - Shearer Special
Special edition bottles of the famous Newcastle Brown Ale featuring soccer legend Alan Shearer have gone on sale across the country. The Newcastle United star, who recently broke the club's goal-scoring record, retires at the end of this season. To honour his achievements, Scottish and Newcastle have created a limited edition of about 2.5 million bottles featuring his face on the front. The bottles are on sale in pubs and clubs from Monday. The label's traditional red and yellow colours has been replaced with the Toon Army's black and white stripes. 'Devoted following' On the back of the bottle, a tribute is made to Shearer's scoring feats. It is the first time in the brew's 79-year history that a celebrity has featured on its packaging. The brewery has made a donation to Shearer's testimonial charity fund for the right to create the special labels, which it believes will become collector's items.
Some photographs of The Big Waters pub - formerly The Ca Canny - especially for Dan Ellis from Brisbane Australia
Brunswick Methodist Church
A Grade II Listed building, this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Brunswick Methodist Chapel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 304440

OS Grid Reference: NZ2482764497
OS Grid Coordinates: 424827, 564497
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9745, -1.6137

Location: Eldon Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7AT

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 7AT


16/135 and 20/135 Brunswick Methodist Chapel.


Methodist chapel. Dated 1820 in pediment.

Brick with ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings. 2-storey, 5-bay pedimented east front, the right bay obscured by buildings.

Steps up to Tuscan porch with prominent cornice which contains steps up to central 6-panelled double door, with radiating glazing bars to fanlight. Round-headed windows, most with stone sills, in arched recesses have sill band to upper windows.

Eaves level band; 3 rectangular stone surrounds to ventilators, the central blind, in projecting bays under pediment; pediment continuous with cornice partly over side bays with ramped coping to meet it. Plainer door and windows in 6-bay left return to Northumberland Court, the last 3 bays pedimented.

Interior: ground floor extensively altered c.1983 and first floor inserted; upper part; now chapel, has panelled gallery and pews; plaster walls and delicate stucco ceiling decoration; Corinthian pilasters frame west apse containing wide panelled pulpit.

Listing NGR: NZ2482764497

According to Pevsner the architect may have been a W. Sherwood.
Brydee Alice Mary Ellwood
Photographs of our first grandchild, born in the RVI on 17th July 2009 at 05.50. Born at the weight of 6 lbs and 12 oz. Parents are my son Scott and his partner Emily.
Burradon and Camperdown
Two former Pit Villages
Burradon Tower
According to the Sitelines web site @ "The tower measures 25 feet 3 inches x 22 feet 6 inches, and is 3 storeys high. It has a vaulted ground floor and a newel stair in the south-east angle gives access to the upper floors. There is a secondary fireplace (with the initials of Lancelot Ogle, and date 1633 on the lintel) in the east wall ot the second storey. By the 19th century, after it had become part of the adjoining farm, there had been further alterations. By the early 20th century it was ruinous and neglected - parts of the east and west walls have fallen out. There is no secure evidence for the date of the tower, one of the most southerly of its type"
By The River Brew Co, Hillgate Quay, Gateshead
Temporary development of bars, restaurants and retail under the Tyne Bridge.
Various photographs of Byker - part of Newcastle's East End..
Byker & Heaton Cemetery
The Byker and Heaton Cemetery is located in the High Heaton area of Newcastle Upon Tyne, on Benton Road and Etherstone Avenue. It was opened in 1890 and is owned by Newcastle City Council
Bywell Volume 1
A wonderful hamlet standing next to the River Tyne, close to Corbridge.Bywell features twin churches adjacent to each other as well as a Castle. The existence of two churches within yards of each other is a result of Bywell originally having two Manors, seperated by a road. The churches therefore covered two distinct parochial area's Well worth a visit to see Bywell - If anyone is looking for accomodation in Bywell, why not take a look at The Old Vicarage (Premier Bed and Breakfast) - aim your browser at their web site:
Bywell Volume 2
Tyne, close to Corbridge.Bywell features twin churches adjacent to each other as well as a Castle. The existence of two churches within yards of each other is a result of Bywell originally having two Manors, seperated by a road. The churches therefore covered two distinct parochial area's Well worth a visit to see Bywell - If anyone is looking for accomodation in Bywell, why not take a look at The Old Vicarage (Premier Bed and Breakfast) - aim your browser at their web site:
Cambo Village
The 1740 model estate village of the nearby Wallington Hall, a real hidden gem! The Holy Trinity Church dates from the 1842 and features the family graves of the Trevelyan Family from Wallington Hall. The Village is now under the guardianship of the National Trust, having been given to the Trust by Sir Charles Trevelyan in 1941.
Situated in south east Northumberland.
Cardinal Basil Hume Statue
A memorial opened by HM the Queen during her Golden Jubilee Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne, 7th May 2002. For further information on the memorial I can recommend the following site
Caribbean Cruise 2005
This set of photographs was taken during our cruise of the Caribbean onboard the Ocean Village between 22nd November and 6th December 2005. Click on the sub groups to see the photographs for each of the islands visited.
Carliol Square
Castle Garth
Various photographs around the area of Castle Square, including the famous Newcastle Keep and Black Gate. The Keep is open to the general public (small charge) and is well worth a visit.. Newcastle Upon Tyne..
Centenary Soldier
A golden statue of a First World War soldier has been installed outside the Theatre Royal in Newcastle ahead of Remembrance Sunday .

The ‘Centenary Soldier’ sculpture stands an impressive 10 metres tall on a plinth of limestone sourced from the Somme, and is encased in a perspex obelisk. The ‘Centenary Soldier’ is finished in bombshell brass - inspired by the artist’s own grandfather who inherited a brass bombshell decorated by his great-grandfather from his time in the trenches at the Somme in 1916.

Award-winning artist Mark Humphrey was commissioned to produce the sculpture by the Royal British Legion to celebrate the Every One Remembered campaign, The campaign has been dubbed the greatest ever act of Remembrance for the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War , and the statue has previously taken pride of place in London’s Trafalgar Square and Cardiff city centre.

A Royal British Legion spokesman said: “The installation will provide a unique tribute in the first year of the Centenary during Remembrance time a fitting tribute to the thousands of lives lost by servicemen and women from the commonwealth during the First World War. It will be a discussion point for the local Newcastle population and visitors to reflect and think about the consequences and impact of the First World War 100 years on. It will provide a focal point for remembrance in the lead up to the Silence in the Square event on November 11.”

Source - Chronicle Live @
Central Arcade
Central Exchange Buildings and Central Arcade, designed by Walker and Wardle for the famous Newcastle Upon Tyne builder, Richard Grainger. The building was completed in 1837. The current Central Arcade was develpoed in 1906 to a design by J Oswald & Sons. This building is part of Grainger Town.
Central Library and Princess Square
Photographs taken in November 2005 to record the library before it's planned demolition in 2006.
Central Motorway
Love it or hate it, this is Newcastle's Central Motorway which cuts straight through the Eastern side of the City.
Central Park Art - Newbiggin By The Sea
Central Park contains a number of sculptures by Graeme Mitcheson
Central Station
Centre For Life
Life Interactive World is a part of the Lottery funded Centre for Life. Centre for Life has been built on the former Marlborough Bus Station in Newcastle Upon Tyne.. Further details can be found at:
Chain Bridge Honey Farm Vintage Museum - Horncliffe
Well worth a visit if you are in the North of Northumberland is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm at Horncliffe. Not only is a working honey farm but also a museum. Had a wander round on 29th April 2018 and some of the artifacts which caught my eye:
Charlotte Square
Charlotte Square was built on part of a former Friary Precinct - part of Blackfriars. The Square was built in 1770 and the houses are based upon the style of 18th Century London homes. William Newton was the architect and he also designed the Assembly Rooms lower down in Fenkle Street. Three sided, the square has a centralised garden to the front with a modern day sculpture. In nearby Cross Street is the famous Kard Bar Newcastle Upon Tyne
Chesters Fort
Chillingham, St Peter's Church
This is the Grade I Listed 12th century St Peter’s Church which is located close to Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

This is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 237515

OS Grid Reference: NU0621325959
OS Grid Coordinates: 406213, 625959
Latitude/Longitude: 55.5273, -1.9031

Location: Chillingham, Northumberland NE66 5NJ

Locality: Chillingham
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE66 5NJ


17/49 Church of St. Peter
GV 1

Parish church. C12 and C13 with C16 alterations.

C19 south porch. East end altered 1960's. Nave, chancel, large south chapel, small north chapel and south porch. Nave masonry C12. West end has buttresses left and right and C19 windows with wood tracery in Decorated style. Pedimented bellcote of 1753 above. Nave north wall has blocked Cl3 doorway and one C16, 2-light window with depressed heads to lights. 2 similar windows to nave south wall. C12 south door in porch has one order of colonettes, block capitals and arch with roll-moulding. Plain parapet obscures low-pitched nave roof. South chapel has blocked lancet windows on return walls, tiny blocked C12 window and a re-set C12 door with round head and continuous roll-moulding on west wall. 2-light C14 windows with cusped Y- tracery to south and east. Chancel, probably C13, has one small lancet on south wall. East gable rebuilt C19. East window 1960's.

Interior: low-pitched C16 nave roof with tie beams on large corbels and King posts. Early C19 box pews. Rustic monument to Robert Charnocke 1691, on north wall. 5 steps up to chancel with crypt beneath. Early C19 chancel and chapel arches, keyed for plaster, with double chamfers dying into imposts. Arch-braced C19 chancel and south chapel roofs on mid C20 corbels. South chapel contains large altar tomb of Sir Ralph Grey and wife. 1443. Sandstone. Canopied, enriched arcades hold 14 figures of saints; angels with shields between. Bubble-leaf ornament to plinth and cornice. In centre of each side 2 larger angels support heraldic shields. Alabaster recumbent effigies of very high quality. Reredos behind with angel holding shield between demi-angels with helmets. Above a C17 addition with strapwork and a Royalist motto:-
De bon vouloir servir le Roy

Also in south chapel, C18 fireplace with Gothick detail. Small octagonal font dated 1670. Jacobean pulpit.

Listing NGR: NU0621125960

The tomb of Sir Ralph Grey and his wife was restored between 1995 and 1997 as it was found tio be suffering from damp. A report on the church and the tomb and burial vault was written by David Heslop and Barbara Harbottle – Chillingham Church, Northumberland; the South Chapel and the Grey Tomb and appears in Archaeological Aeliana Fifth Series Volume XXVII.

This set of photographs were taken 10th May 2013.
Chimney Mill and Mill House, Claremont Road
The Grade II Listed Chimney Mill and Mill House, Claremont Road dates from 1782 and was designed by Civil Engineer John Smeaton.

A five sailed mill, claimed to be the first with five sails, it was decommissioned in 1892 and its cap and wind shaft removed in 1951.

It later became the club house of Newcastle City Golf Club and is now residential.

These photographs taken 24th October 2018.

China Town - Stowell Street
China Town Situated in Stowell Street, this is Newcastle's centre of Chinese culture.Some great restaurants and supermarkets can be found here
Chirton Grange - Former The Brig Public House
09/01542/FUL | Erection of 10no 4 bedroom dwellings comprising of three adjoining two and a half storey pitched roofed blocks (Amended Description) | Land At Former Brig Public House Whitehouse Lane North Shields Tyne And Wear
Chollerford Bridge
This is the Grade II Listed Chollerford Bridge which carries the A6079 road, photographed 26th June 2014.

This is the Grade II listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Chollerford Bridge over River North Tyne
Listing Date: 15 April 1969
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1370563
English Heritage Legacy ID: 239987
Location: Humshaugh, Northumberland, NE46
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Humshaugh

HUMSHAUGH CHOLLERFORD Chollerford Bridge, over River North Tyne
NY 9170

Bridge,1785 by Robert Mylne.

Squared stone. 5 stepped round arches with triangular cutwaters, their upper parts set back and carried up as refuges. Band below parapet, which has gabled coping, ramped down at north-west end, and terminates in low rectangular piers with pyramidal caps.

Erected after its predecessor was destroyed in the flood of 1771.

Listing NGR: NY9195970533

From my notes:

Chollerford is a hamlet at the crossing of the North Tyne of the Roman Road (B6318) and consists of The George Hotel, Chollerford Bridge, a car service garage and a few houses. In Old English the meaning of Chollerford is either ‘Ceola’s ford’ or ‘ford in a gorge’. It is however more notable for its close by Roman Fort of Chesters.

The five arched stone built bridge dates from 1785 and is to a design by Robert Mylne (1733-1811), it is Grade II Listed. Spanning 90 metres the 1785 bridge replaced an earlier stone built bridge which was swept away by the Great Flood in 1771. The destroyed medieval bridge was probably built prior to 1394 when Walter Skirlaw, Bishop of Durham granted “thirteen days’ release from enjoined penance” anyone who assisted with its restoration. The bridge is the most southerly crossing on the North Tyne.

A weir and fish pass are located just to the south of the bridge where salmon can be seen leaping in the spawning season.

The George Hotel sits beside the road bridge and whilst much extended was originally built as an Inn in the 18th century. As with many buildings in the era it is often suggested that the stones came from the nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

Chollerton War Memorial
I cannot imagine that there are many places that you can stand and view three Grade Listed Buildings within 100 feet of you, but that is what I found at Chollerton. Grade I Listed Church of St Giles, Grade II Listed Stable and Hearse House and the Grade II Listed War Memorial.

This is the protection listing for the memorial courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: War Memorial Opposite the Church of St Giles

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 February 2006
English Heritage Building ID: 494700

OS Grid Reference: NY9310271869
OS Grid Coordinates: 393102, 571869
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0413, -2.1095

Location: A6079, Chollerton, Northumberland NE46 4TH

Locality: Chollerton
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE46 4TH


460/0/10001 War Memorial opposite the Church of St 08-FEB-06 Giles


War Memorial, 1921. Sandstone. Cross with ornamental head and tapering shaft. Rectangular plinth with carved stone panels on front and sides standing proud.


Square 3-stepped stone base.

Sources: North East war memorials Project ref 33829

This simple First World War memorial in the form of a cross is an attractive memorial to the fallen of two World Wars. It was unveiled in 1921.

What I found interesting was the inclusion of a Police Constable, Robert Telford. Telford was fatally injured when he was caught in an explosion caused by a German Air Ship bomb,15 June 1915, he was aged 22.

This from the Hexham Courant @

Men died on the Home Front too, notably Police Constable Robert Telford, of Chollerford. He wasn’t happy as a bobby, and had put in his notice so he could enlist in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

On the night of June 1915, Zeppelin L10 crossed the English coast north of Blyth and headed south towards Wallsend, and the airship dropped 12 bombs which killed 17 men and injured another 75 at Palmer’s Works in Jarrow.

Whilst Telford was from Chollerford I assume that given Telford is also remembered on the War Memorial in St. Peter's Church, Wallsend that he must have been killed whilst on duty on Tyneside. (Source North East War Memorial Project @ )

Details of the memorial to those killed at Palmer's Yard can be seen on the NEWMP site @

These images of the memorial at Chollerton taken 10th July 2014
Church of our Lady
A Saxon Chapel thought to date fron the early 12th Century. Located next to Seaton Delaval Hall to which it acted as the Manorial Chapel. Open to the public in Summer months.
Church of St Andrew, Grey Mare Hill, Shotley, Northumberland
This is the redundant church of St Andrew's on Grey Mare Hill, Shotley, Northumberland, photographed 3rd December 2017.

Grade II Listed, the listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew
Listing Date: 15 April 1969
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1156312
English Heritage Legacy ID: 240628
Location: Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland, DH8
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Shotley Low Quarter

NZ 05 NW NZ 046552

Parish Church, now redundant. Rebuilt 1769 (date on crossing arch) on medieval hilltop site; restored and altered 1892 (dated slab on east wall).

Coursed rubble with cut quoins and dressings; slate roof. Equal-armed cruciform plan with gabled entrance porch on south transept gable. C19 studded double doors in pointed arch; single round- arched lights in gable above porch roof and in side walls of nave and both transepts; north transept has projecting end stack and studded door in chamfered surround on right.

Nave west end has pointed window under plain arched bellcote with pedimented top. Chancel has paired lancets in side walls and C19 east windows in C13 style: 2 lights below a quatrefoil. Dated slab with cross, flanked by heads of early medieval slabs with expanded-arm crosses, below. All gables coped with swept kneelers and various finials.

Several C18 headstones affixed to exterior walls, including one west of porch to William Dixon of Shotley field, 1767; pedimented top, scrolly surround, foliage decoration.

Interior: chamfered segmental diagonal arches over crossing, dated at intersection. C19 moulded credence table and piscina corbelled out from chancel window sills. Mural tablets on east side of south transept (Rev. Thomas Simpson, 1754 with Latin inscription in scrolly frame) and at west end (Christopher Hunter, 1757,'a learned and judicious Antiquary and Physician'). Fittings late C19, including panelled vestry screen across north transept; small chamfered C18 vestry fireplace. Stone benches in porch.

Listing NGR: NZ0453055198

Cinderella Pantomine 2016 - Theatre Royal
By chance happened upon a photo shoot of the cast of Cinderella outside of the Theatre Royal yesterday afternoon, 29th November 2016.

Main stars are Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward.
City Road
Civic Centre
A selection of photographs taken during a tour of Newcastle Civic Centre on 15th August 2011, led by Ian McVicar who certainly knows his stuff.

The Civic Centre was designed by the City Architect, George Kenyon and it was was no holds barred when it came to the very high class materials used in the construction, nothing but the best.

Construction commenced in May 1960 and was completed in 1968 when on 14th November 1968 it was officially opened by His Majesty King Olav V of Norway.
Claremont House
The Grade II Listed Claremont House, built as a villa for the Bainbridge (Department Store) family between 1871 and 1872. The family resided there until 1892 when it was sold.

It was brought back into Bainbridge ownership when John (Jack) Benson Bainbridge purchased the property in 1922. The greenhouse on the southern elevation of the house was built by Jack who grew orchids.

The large garage of the house once housed Jack's blue and silver Rolls Royce and perhaps this explains its size.

Claremont Place
Originally there were 26 properties on Claremont Place, all high class residential homes but only 10 are now left. Demolition of the 16 took place from the 1960's and the plots now host Newcastle University buildings (Ridley Building).
Claremont Road
Claremont Road - W.T. Glover Tram Electricity Supply Box
A left over from the days of the Trams, this electrical supply box, manufactured by W.T. Glover, Manchester stands on the northern side of Claremont Road. Photographed 24th October 2018.
Claremont Street
Photographed 24th October 2018.
Clavering Place
Clavering Place and Hanover Square can be found at the rear of Newcastle Upon Tyne's Central Railway Station. Some interesting commercial architecture can still be seen here. The area has been used by television and film makers for it's 'period' appeal. This includes some of the TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson's books. Well worth a look around
Clayton Street
Cloth Market
The Cloth Market is situated at the Southern end of the Bigg Market. So called because of the large number of Drapers Shops which once stood here. Home of the World Famous Balmbra's Music Hall.
Clouds Over Whitley Bay - 23rd December 2017
AS grand display of clouds at dusk 23rd December 2017.
Clough's - Heaton Road
A great shop on Heaton Road which sells "old fashioned" bullets (sweets). A family run business since the 1930's and featuring my mate Paddy Clough who is also featured in the Addison Rappers Album.
Clousden Hill - Horse Trough
Wandering through the scrapbooks that were recently donated by Geoff Phillips I happened upon an interesting article featuring his father Jack and a discovery he made at Clousden Hill near Forrest Hall. Jack was featured in an article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of 14th November 1974 and the following story was told: A Century old ornamental horse-trough which disappeared almost 50 years ago has been re-erected only 20 yards from its original site — as a flower pot. Local historian, Mr. Jack Phillips began searching for the cast-iron decorative trough after he had seen an old picture of the Clousden Hill Inn taken about 1895. "I would say it was probably put there about 1870 and it seems to have disappeared with the advent of the car," said Mr. Phillips, a retired costing clerk, of Elsdon Drive, Forest Hall. He eventually found the old trough rusting away in the council yard at Springfield Park. "I thought it was something worth trying to save," said Mr. Phillips. "I wrote to the old Longbenton Council and suggested it should be put back. "I offered to put it in my garden until such times as they might need it. I was quite prepared to clean it up and try to renovate it but they said they had a use for it." The original site of the trough was in" the centre of the road outside the pub, now the Coach and Horses". "Though it is not quite on its original site, we have got it very close to where It was ' half a century ago," said Mr Phillips". Well I took a drive out to Clousden Hill yesterday and thankfully the horse trough is still there and looking in pretty good order as part of a floral display. One ting that has changed is the pub is now called the "New Coach and Horse Restaurant and Bar". The trough itself is quite interesting having rather ornate hoof shaped feet, not quite sure if they are meant to be cows or horses ;-)
Codgers Fort
Codgers Fort is a Folly and not a Castle as the rather dramatic view from the nearby B6342 road would suggest. On the Rothley Estate, Codgers Fort was built in 1769 to a design by Thomas Wright on behalf of the then Lord on the Manor, Sir Walter Calverley Blackett. It sits on a craggy outcrop with commanding views over the nearby countryside. Apparently the Folly is now under the ownership of Elizabeth and John Walton but is accessible for the public to take a look around. The National Trust holds guardianship of the Folly. Parking is a problem if anyone intends to go and see the Fort in person. A sign on an access gate warns on a bull in the field but no evidence of such a creature could be seen when I visited in April 2004.
The Town of Coldstream is itself just inside the Scottish border - technically not Northumberland, but near enough for inclusion in these albums.
Colleries in South East Northumberland
A set of photographs kindly provided by Dave Edwards with permission from the other photographers to display on this site. Copyright remains with the original photographers. The hand drawn pictures of Hartley Pit, Bates Pit and Blyth Police Station are part of a series by Dave Edwards and area are on sale for £1 each at the Blyth Bus Station booking office and at the Waterloo Newsagents (opposite Prince of Wales Pub in Waterloo road). Dave is always on the look out for photographs of Blyth and would very much appreciate any scans - he can be reached on
Collingwood Street
Convent of the Good Shepherd - Longbenton
This is the remains of the cemetery that was within the Convent. The cemetery is now surrounded by a modern day housing estate aptly called Cloisters. The grave markers were removed in the late 1980's but the remains of the Sisters and the Chaplain remain. In his fine book "Beyond the Grave - Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds" ISBN 1-857951-02-6 (available from Tyne Bridge Publishing - Alan Morgan has a piece on the Convent of the Good Shepherds Sisters Burial Ground. Alan makes the point that the convent building was built as Benton Grange for Matthew Liddell who was the manager of Gosforth Colliery, probably circa 1829. In the 1891 census the convent is shown as having 34 females living there of which 25 were recorded as being laundry workers. If you take a look at the OS map that I posted to my site you will see that the Jesmond and Gosforth Laundry was on the other side of Benton Park Road and this is most likely where the inhabitants were employed. The convent was demolished in the 1980's and a modern day housing estate, aptly named "Cloisters" built in its place.
Coopers Studios
My first time inside of the now Coopers Studios, visited 9th September 2017 as part of the Heritage Open Days.

A sympathetic restoration of this Grade II Listed Building and conversion into office accomodation.

The Roman town of Corbridge, Northumberland.
Cormorants On Lloyds Hailing Station, North Shields
A favoured place for Cormorants to dry their plumage is the former Lloyds Hailing Station at North Shields - photographs taken 26th August 2016:
Cowpen - St Cuthberts Catholic Church
Situated on Cowpen Road, the Churchyard appears to contain only the graves of Priests?
Cowpen Cemetery (Blyth)
This is Cowpen Cemetery, Blyth, built in the 1870's.
The Northumberland former fishing village of Craster.
Cresswell Bay Tank Traps
These images of the Second World War defences taken 29th March 2016.
Cresswell Hall Gallery
This is the Grade II Listed Gallery which was built as part of the gardens of the former Cresswell Hall, photographed 14th October 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Gallery 90 Metres East of Stables
Listing Date: 18 December 1985
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1371023
English Heritage Legacy ID: 238148
Location: Cresswell, Northumberland, NE61
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Cresswell

CRESSWELL HALL Gallery 90 metres east of stables
NZ 29 SE

Gallery flanking approach to former Cresswell Hall, c.1824 by John Shaw.

Ashlar. Quadrant plan. 16-column arcade linking 2 open square end pavilions; Roman Doric Order with paired square piers. Deep eaves soffit with paired double brackets. Parapets with lattice balustrading above end pavilions.

Rear wall (which had a series of niches holding plants) largely fallen. (not shown on O.S. 1:10,000 map).

Listing NGR: NZ2889692967

Cross House, Ryton
The Grade II Listed Cross House, now used as Ryton Community Centre but built as a house in late C18. Listing text can be found @ Photographed 24th June 2018.
Cross Street
Cullercoats - Vol 1
Cullercoats, a small fishing village situated between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth
Cullercoats - Vol 2
Further photographs of this former fishing village which is situated between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Some of the photographs especially taken for Anne Stansfield who has an interest in the former Back Row, now demolished.
Cullercoats Harbour Day 2016
Another fine day for the RNLI Cullercoats Harbour Day 2016 held on Saturday, 16th July 2016.

Very large crowds, the beach full of families and various displays and activities to maintain the interest. A sign of old age but I spent my time sitting on Front Street overlooking Cullercoats Bay.

Lifeboats in attendance were the Tynemouth Lifeboat, Spirit of Northumberland 17-20, Blyth's Vic and Billie Whiffen B-776, Cullercoat's Hylton Burdon B-811 and the Tynemouth D Class D-693. Also for the first time a couple of fly pasts by a Marine and Coastguard Agency Reconnaissance fixed wing aircraft.
Cullercoats Harbour Day 2017
It was Cullercoats Harbour Day today, 1st July 2017. Rather a shame that it was low tide and thus no large vessels paying a vist unlike previous years.

Still at least it was sunny and warm for the day.

Cullernose Point
Ths area of Northumberland is just to South of Craster Village and features an outcrop of the Whin Sill.
Daimler CCG5
This is a bus belonging to the Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society which was being used during the Heritage Open Days 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, These photographs taken 13th September 2014 at Castle Garth.

Daimler CCG5 with Roe 61-seat highbridge double-deck body with open rear platform.

Registration Number: AHN 451B
Dimensions: 27 feet
Vehicle Type: Bus / Coach

Check out history @
Darn Crook
Dean Street
Some general views of Dean Street. Dean Street runs down from Greys Street to Sandgate.
Demolition of 103 to 109 Pilgrim Street
Photographs of the unfortunate demolition of some fine but neglected Georgian Town Houses at 103/105 and 107/109 Pilgrim Street which had Bells Court between them.

Demolition commenced in the Summer of 2011 with the end result that both buildings will disappear.

Bell's Court is historically important as it housed the first Medical School in Newcastle - the Newcastle University website for biomedicine @ suggests :

“In 1832 Mr John Fife, surgeon and local politician, together with five of his colleagues, rented accommodation adjacent to his consulting rooms in the narrow lane called Bell’s Court.
They arranged a series of medical lectures which were attended by eight students, including John Snow. Although these lectures were rather haphazard, and meant to supplement rather than replace the apprenticeship system of medical training, they proved to be successful and were repeated in the following year.”

109 Pilgrim Street was at one time (1890's) the site of the William IV Public House.

A real shame that these buildings are to be demolished but they were permitted to fall into disrepair.
Denwick - Pant 50 Metres East of Village Hall
The Grade II Listed Pant 50 Metres East of Village Hall at Denwick, Northumberland, one of two pants in the village.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Pant 50 Metres East of Village Hall
Listing Date: 3 December 1969
Last Amended: 25 August 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1067776
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236389
Location: Denwick, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Denwick

DENWICK VILLAGE (North side) Pant 50 metres east of Village Hall (formerly listed as Village Pump, in east half of Village Street
NU 2014
3 .12.69

Pant dated 1859 on keystone.

Squared stone with slab coping. Shouldered segmental arched recess under low-pitched gable contains tap and stone trough.

Listing NGR: NU2057814247

Photographs 12th November 2017.
Denwick - Pant, 30 Metres South West of Road Junction in Centre of Village
This is the second pant in Denwick Village, Grade II Listed and photographed 12th November 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Pant and Adjacent Walls 30 Metres South West of Road Junction in Centre of Village
Listing Date: 31 December 1969
Last Amended: 25 August 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1042050
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236391
Location: Denwick, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Denwick

DENWICK VILLAGE (South side) Pant and adjacent walls, 30 metres south-west of road junction in centre of village (formerly GV listed as Village Pump in west half of Village Street)
NU 2014

Pant dated 1859 in apex of gable, with adjacent walls.

Tooled-and-margined stone; cast iron. Round-arched recess with keystone, projecting circular stone bowl and bucket rest. Steeply-pitched gable with moulded coping; contemporary wall to either side, with chamfered coping.

Listing NGR: NU2045514261

Denwick Chapel
This is Denwick Chapel which lies in the hamlet of Denwick, 1.4 miles north-east of Alnwick.

A chapel of ease to St Michael's Alnwick it was built at the cost of Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland. The architect of the building was George Reavell who was resident architect to the Duke. Builders were Robertson & Sons of Alnwick.

Made from local stone cut from the Denwick Quarry its total cost in 1871 was £537.4s.0d.

Photographs 12th November 2017.

Dewley Hill
Something which has intrigued me since being a scholar at Walbottle Campus is the existence of Dewley Hill, just to the North of Throckley, right hand side of the B6323. Whilst at school I was led to believe that the Hill could well be a burial mound, or there again this could simply be a myth. However, I'm sure that the information came from a Teacher and that the owner of the land, presumably Dewley Farm, had rejected all advances to have the hill subjected to an archaeological excavation.
Drury Lane
This lane runs from Cloth Market to Mosley Street (close to the junction with Grey Street).

The original Theatre Royal (1788) stood on this spot and Drury Lane used to have many of the entrances into the theatre.

Possibly named after the Drury lane in London's famous Theatre Land.

During 2011 it was indicated that plans made for a Hotel that will include Drury Lane will mean that the lane is closed to general public use.

This set of shots taken on 10th June 2011.
Dunstanburgh - Gull Crags
Cliffs at Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.
Dunstanstead Links
Photographs 10th February 2018
Until the nineteenth century, Dunston was a small settlement at the junction of the Team and the Tyne, with houses spreading to the west along the Tyne bank for about half a mile. The original reason for a settlement here was probably the abundant supply of salmon in the River Tyne - this was long before industrial development polluted the river. The fishing was so valuable that there were disputes over ownership of the river, and in about 1070, the river was divided into thirds, with the northern third belonging to Northumberland, the southern third the property of the Bishop of Durham and the centre strip common and free to all Even as late as 1833, over 400 salmon were caught in the Tyne on one June day for the Newcastle market..
Dunston Staithes
Durant Road Footbridge Demolition
Demolition of the footbridge crossing Durant Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, 22 October 2017.
Durham City
This set of photographs were very kindly provided by Roy Lambeth. They were taken by his Father, William and mainly record Durham City on Coronation Day, 1937. Additional photographs by Roy taken in 1964 and 1966 of Claypath.
Durham Gala
This set of photographs were take on Saturday, 8th July 2006 by my mate, Bernie Londberg - he tells me that The first pictures were taken at the old cricket ground where the gala is held, the rest are of the procession of the bands up Old Elvet towards the market square. The bands paused outside the Royal County Hotel to salute the dignitaries and VIPs on the balcony of the Royal County and then move on further up the street towards the market square.
Durham History Fair
Yesterday Belongs to You 5 is the name of this years Local History Fair organised by Durham County Council. The Fair was held on Saturday 7th April 2001 at Durham County Hall and was well attended by numerous exhibitors, ranging from Local History book sellers to Local History Societies. Unfortunately due to the very poor weather conditions, torrential rain, the Historical Re-Enactment Societies were unable to provided the expected out door displays. The Fair was also the temporary studio for Paul Wappat and Ian Robinsons's Saturday morning BBC Radio Newcastle Local History broadcast..
Eals Bridge
Some photographs of the Grade II Listed Eals Bridge which crosses the River South Tyne to the north of Knarsdale and to the south of the hamlet of Eals. The bridge was erected in 1733 and widened in 1973 following a number of collisions by vehicles.

This is the listing text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Eals Bridge (Over the South Tyne)
Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 240263
OS Grid Reference: NY6814855334
OS Grid Coordinates: 368148, 555334
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8917, -2.4981
Location: Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh, Northumberland CA8 7PF
Locality: Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: CA8 7PF

6/144 Eals Bridge (over the South Tyne)

10.6.52 II

Bridge, probably late C18, altered, widened 1973. West arch squared stone; central pier and east arch, rubble. Segmental arches with arch rings, central pier with triangular cutwaters carried up as pilasters. Parapet with sloped coping now set forward from face of bridge. Tablet with date of widening on internal face of south parapet.

Listing NGR: NY6814855334

The small village of Earsdon is located in North Tyneside, very close to Whitley Bay. The name is derived from Erdesdun, meaning hill of red earth. The present Church was consecrated in 1837, although it is thought that a Church has stood on this site since 1250. Many of the vistims of the Hartley Pit Disaster of 1862 are buried here and a memorial stands in their remembrance.
East Cramlington United Methodist Free Church
East Cramlington United Methodist Free Church, also known as Cramlington Colliery Church photographed 29th September 2015. Built in 1872 and closed in 1969 it is now used commercially.
East Howdon - Duke of Wellington
This is the Duke of Wellington on Northumberland Dock Road, East Howdon, now a Sambuca outlet - Ristorante Sambuca Tyne Tunnel.

I suspect that the fine yellow and brown faïence façade tiles are Burmatoft and could well be the work of Architect J Oswald & Son.
Edlingham is a small village, just off the road from Rothbury to Alnwick. Featuring a Norman Church, St John the Baptist and the remains of Edlingham Castle. The Church is thought to stand on the site of an earlier Saxon Church. The Castle is really a fortified Manor House. Well worth a visit.
Eighton Banks
Some photographs of The Quarrymans Arms in Eighton Banks Gateshead especially for Doreen Perri (Canada).
Eldon Place
A pair of Grade II Listed buildings in Eldon Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, photographed 16th April 2018.

This is the listing text courtesy of Historic England @

Name: 10 AND 11, ELDON PLACE
List entry Number: 1024889
District: Newcastle upon Tyne
District Type: Metropolitan Authority
Grade: II
Date first listed: 30-Mar-1987
UID: 304532

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE ELDON PLACE (east side) 14/221 Nos. 10 and 11
NZ 2465 SE

2 houses, now University Offices. Circa 1828.

English bond brick with painted ashlar dressings; felt-covered roof. 3 storeys and attics; 2 bays each house. Doors in outer bays, 8-panelled at left to No. 12 and 6-panelled at right to No. 10, with overlights and cornices; panelled surround to left door. Wedge stone lintels and projecting stone sills to windows with renewed glazing. Hipped roof has small segmental-headed dormers with sashes with glazing bars; central chimney. An early semi-detached pair.

Listing NGR: NZ1884065288

Eldon Square - Old and New
Eldon Square was originally a three sided square of houses built around a garden, designed in the main by John Dobson and Thomas Oliver for the developer Richard Grainger during 1825-31 and all that remains following the erection of the Eldon Square Shopping Centre is one Georgian Terrace along the east side.

In its heyday Eldon Square was the home to many eminent Newcastle Doctors and also the Northern Counties Hotel. It has also in its time been the home to BBC Television and Radio during the broadcaster early days.

Named after John Scott a local lad made good, who eloped with Bessie Surtees, became Lord Chancellor of England and was finally given the Peerage Viscount Encombe and Earl of Eldon. It was considered that a statue to Lord Eldon be installed in the square but this did not come to fruition. What was erected in the square was a large ornate lamp on a stone pedestal which was removed before 1920.

The War Memorial was erected unveiled on 26th September 1923 and is by C L Hartwell and Chas Hardman with the pedestal designed by Cackett & Burns Dick. Costing £13,260 the memorial was unveiled by Earl Haig on 26th September 1923.

A Grade II Listed Building and this is the listing text:

Granite, Portland stone and bronze. Granite step to stone pedestal; bronze equestrian St. George and dragon. Bronze low relief's on east and west of JUSTICE and PEACE; bronze wreath on north, and inscription MEMORY LINGERS HERE.
Elemore Hall
A couple of photographs from Bryan C Lockey of Elemore Hall, near Pittington, County Durham. The female figure is Evelyn M Thompson and was taken in 1926.
Ellison Place
Ellison Place and Saville Row Area's in Newcastle Upon Tyne City Centre
This is the Northumbrian village of Elsdon which sits in the Cheviot Hills and at one time was a strategic military position controlling two main routes on the border between England and Scotland. The Church of St Cuthbert is so named as it was used to house the body of St Cuthbert on his funeral journey from Lindisfarne to Durham in 875. The existing Church is thought to date from the 12th Century. The Church yard is rumoured to contain the remains of many who died during the Battle of Otterburn, although there are no markers to confirm this. The only remaining pub is The Bird in Bush Inn and I can recommend this for a meal. The other pub was the Bacchus Inn but this was converted into a house, leaving a nice statue as a reminder. Elsdon Tower is also known as Vicars Pele and was built some time around 1415.
St Pauls Church, High Elswick, was consecrated in 1858 and stands in Havelock Street.
Elswick St Johns Cemetery - Vol 1
Elswick - St Johns Westgate and Elswick Cemetery is based to the West of Newcastle City Centre.

Opened in 1857 by the Architects Johnstone and Knowles, it is the largest of Newcastle’s Cemeteries and is still in use for internments.

The cemetery at Elswick is operated by Newcastle City Council and is open to all denominations. Part of the cemetery is set aside for the Jewish Faith, although that part of the Cemetery is full with over one thousand graves.

Whilst the Cemetery is kept in tidy order the two Chapels continue to be in a ruinous condition.
Elswick St Johns Cemetery - Vol 2
Elswick - St Johns Westgate and Elswick Cemetery is based to the West of Newcastle City Centre.

Opened in 1857 by the Architects Johnstone and Knowles, it is the largest of Newcastle’s Cemeteries and is still in use for internments.

The cemetery at Elswick is operated by Newcastle City Council and is open to all denominations. Part of the cemetery is set aside for the Jewish Faith, although that part of the Cemetery is full with over one thousand graves.

Whilst the Cemetery is kept in tidy order the two Chapels continue to be in a ruinous condition.
Embleton Links Pill Box
20th century meets 13th Century at Dunstanburgh Links, 19th February 2018, a Second World War Pill Box and Dunstanburgh Castle. The octagonal concrete pill box looking out onto Embleton Bay.
Embleton War Memorial
The Grade II Listed Embleton War Memorial which stands in Spitalford Cemetery. photographed 10th February 2018.
Emergency Care Hospital - Cramlington
The hospital was opened in 2015
Erick Street - Back Market Street
I happened upon this footbridge which i hadn't seen before whilst taking photographs of the Odeon demolition, 9th February 2017.

The bridge links Carliol House with the Dex Garage.

Escapology by Cath Campbell
This is the art installation Escapology by Cath Campbell, dating from 2006 and located on the roof of Northern Stage.

Not immediately clear, I thought the sculpture was made from metal, it is made from 456 metres of un-treated western red cedar.

These images taken 18th December 2015
Northumberland Village of Etal.
Exhibition Park
Falstone is a small village in Northumberland, England, just south of Kielder Water. The village is 8 miles (13 km) from the Anglo–Scottish border. The name Falstone means "speckled stone"
St Michael & All Saints in the Northumbrian Village of Felton was consecrated in 1199 and was gifted by William Bertram the second, Grandson of William Bertram who founded Brinkburn Priory near Rothbury. One of the notable features of the Church is its very low roof, which when viewed from ground level gives the impression that it has no roof at all. The nineteenth century Chancel does however have a high pitched roof which adds to the strange architectural perspective of the Church.
Fenham Barracks
Newcastle's former military barracks.
Fenkle Street
Fenwicks Window 2013
Back to a traditional feel with this years production from Fenwick's Window.
Fenwicks Window 2016
The 2016 Fenwick Christmas window display.
Fenwicks Window 1999
Each year Fenwicks Department Store on Northumberland Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, have an animated display in their windows. The animations usually take the form of a fairy story or cartoon theme. The display is aimed at childeren but is enjoyed by thousands of young and old Geordies alike. It used to be considered as a 'treat' to be taken to see Fenwicks window. The 1999 display is based upon the theme of the Peter Pan fairy tale
Fenwicks Window 2000
This years theme is Poodle Town - or should that be Poodle Toon? Enjoy the photographs if you cannot get along to Newcastle to see them for yourself. Fenwicks's Christmas Window - Photographs - Newcastle Upon Tyne 2000.
Fenwicks Window 2001
The annual decorated window at fenwicks Department Store in Northumberland Street Newcastle Upon Tyne. Taken during daylight hours for a change, so please excuse the reflections. The theme of this years display is Santa Visits Toyland.
Fenwicks Window 2002
This years theme is of Aliens taking on a famous human look, for instance, David and Victoria Beckham. The 2002 display was criticised by many as being un-festive and there were even claims of it frightening children - I will let you make your own mind up.
Fenwicks Window 2003
A return to a very much traditional theme from Fenwicks this year - Santa Claus's Family.
Fenwicks Window 2004
This years theme was very much a traditional one - a Victorian Scene and a Nativity Scene. Also some other photographs of Newcastle's Christmas Decorations.
Fenwicks Window 2005
A rather disappointing display this year - the theme being The Snowman. Photographs taken thus far were in daylight so I may take some at night and add to the collection
Fenwicks Window 2006
This set of photographs were taken on 19th November 2006. The theme of this years display is Gullivers Travels.
Fenwicks Window 2007
A Winters Wonderland is the theme this year and good to see Fenwick's returning to a more traditional theme. This is the 36th year that Fenwicks have put on this free show and lets hope it continues for many years to come.
Fenwicks Window 2014
This years theme is Alice in Wonderland - photographs taken 15th November 2014
Fenwicks Window 2015
Fenwicks Window 2016
This year the display is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter.
Fenwicks Window 2017
Fenwicks Window 2018
The 2018 offering from Fenwiock's store on Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fenwicks Window 2019
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
First Day Covers
First Day Covers which are associated with the North East.
Flodden and Branxton
This is the site of Battle of Floddon which took place 9t September 1513.
Flooding 28th June 2012
Well at least my garddaughter, Brydee enjoyed the site of a lake in the back garden. Now completely covered in water and the front street is getting worse as the water has no where to go with the drains being full. Worse I've ever seen it, indeed never seen a pool of water at all in the back garden.
Florida 2005
These photgraphs were taken during a last minute holiday in Florida during May 2005. Worst weather we had experienced in Florida!
Florida Holiday 2001
Forces Gala - 2002
This was part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, held at The Exhibition Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne on Sunday, 2nd June 2002. Featuring the Drumhead Service. The Gala also featured Miltary Vehicles, both old and modern.
Ford & Etal Estates
Centred round the picturesque 19th century villages of Ford and Etal, the estate offers countryside enthusiasts a number of activities appealing to all ages.
Forest Hall
Forest Hall Police Station
Now closed and shortly to be converted into 5 homes - these photographs taken 10th December 2015.
Former Aidan House - now Urban Study Tyne Bridge
Conversion of ex HMRC offices into student flats.
Former Grange Interior - North Shields
Thought I would capture some photographs of this set of buildings before it is demolished to be replaced by a new development on the block surrounded by Hudson Street, Bird Street, Beacon Street and East George Street, North Shields.

This is the Planning Application:

Reference 11/02475/OUT
Alternative Reference PP-01730412
Application Received Wed 21 Dec 2011
Address Former Grange Interiors And Land To Corner Of East George Street And Hudson Street North Shields Tyne And Wear NE30 1DJ

Proposal Outline planning permission for a mixed use development comprising a purpose built healthcare centre (D1 Use Class), a nursery with associated play space (D1 Use Class), a maximum 70 bed care home with associated garden amenity space (C2 Use Class), associated car parking and a neighbourhood open space and playsite (Revised Description 10.02.2012)
Forth Banks and Skinnerburn
This is the Forth Banks area of Newcastle Upon Tyne, home to The Telewest Arena
Forth Street
Running on the south side of the Central Station.
Framlington Place
Another 'hidden' area of Newcastle's history.
Freeman Hospital
Friars Goose
Friars Goose - Gateshead
This was an IT based exhibition arrnged by the BBC and British Telecom. Aimed at children it was very much a hands on event which was held at the Lightfoot Sports Centre in Walker during the year 2000
Photographs of the Town of Gateshead which is on the opposite bank of the river Tyne to Newcastle Upon Tyne. Including photographs of the car park which featured in Michael Caine's film - Get Carter
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Open 1
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Bollard Removal
Photographs taken on 18th February 2012 of the operation to remove the Vessel Collision Protection System or as they are known locally, The Bollards, from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The 16 bollards were not part of the original design of the bridge by architect Jim Eyre. They were installed due to the insistence of the Port of Tyne Authority to ensure that vessels did no collide with the bridge. However it is now felt that the bollards are no longer needed and detract from the beauty of the bridge.

Engineers for the removal of the bollards are BAM Nuttall and the crane, barge (Atlas) and workboat (Forth Sentinel) are chartered from Biggs Marine. Also assisting on the day was the Port of Tyne workboat Clearwater,
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Journey
Well I eventually managed, at long last (weather delayed the journet of the Bridge), to get photographs of the Millennium Eye Bridge as it made it's majestic way from Howdon to the Quayside.

I got to Jarrow Staithes (just along from the Marine Police Station) at 07.30 to see the Asian Hercules II and it's precious cargo just leaving the AMEC yard at Point Pleasant. As was par for the course, 'officially' the time of departure had been set as 08.00, so luckily I had left in plenty of time. Low and behold, whilst the 'Authorities' had set down a load of No Parking bollards, I was the only one there.

Took some photographs of the procession setting off (wonder if I'm the only one to get some snaps of this)

One thing that was noticeable was the fact that the bridge was being carried by the crane at a 90 degree angle, i.e. head on and not the 180 degree, i.e. bridge across the river, as had been shown on computerised images.

Into the car and headed for Hebburn Riverside Park where the frost covered wooden promenade summed up the freezing cold, but clear day.

One or two folk about and therefore managed to get a good position for taking some snaps. As the move up river had commenced earlier than expected there was a sudden rush of folk who just made it to the Park before the jib of the crane hoved into view.

By the time the Millennium Bridge reached the Park there was already a sizeable crowd with quite a few South Tyneside Council Officials attempting to control the traffic.

From Hebburn Riverside Park the view of the crane and bridge was spectacular and it was so close to the shore that you could imagine reaching out and touching them both. By this time, about 08.15, the sun had risen and was reflecting off the crane and bridge, adding to the spectacle.

As soon as the procession had passed it was into the car again, this time heading for Bill Quay where a fantastic view of the crane and bridge could be obtained from quite high up on the valley of the river. At this point in the river it is quite straight from the bend at Wallsend and Bill Quay. Lots of folk were at Bill Quay, most, if not all, carrying camera's, whether they be digital, analogue of video.

Again it was off in the car, this time to South Shore where another sizeable crowd had gathered. A great view from here of the procession coming round the bend from Friars Goose.

Then onto Newcastle to try and get a photograph of the bridge arriving at the Quayside. A lot of traffic problems getting to the Quayside, I suppose everyone had the same idea and most, if not all of the car parks on the Quayside had been closed for the day. Anyway managed to park for free in Hanover Street.

Along to the Quayside and just missed the actual arrival, but hey, that's life.

Big crowds (10,000 according to the press, but I would doubt this figure) had already gathered so it was quite difficult to get a good position to take a photograph. However, where there's a will there's a way and I managed to get shots from a number of different angles. As it was a very sunny day, and the sun was in the South, it made for some 'interesting' shots.

The crowd was a wide mixture of folk, ranging from office workers taking time out, to school kids, to pensioners and to many who must have taken a 'sickie'.

What a marvellous sight, the huge crane towering above the Quayside with the Millennium Bridge hung out in front.

After securing itself to an anchor at the stern, the Asian Hercules II was then attached to the bollards in the river, so they did become of use. The crane barge then manoeuvred itself inch by inch up river.

There then appeared to be a moment of pure comedy when The Harbour Masters cutter assisted in attempting to turn the bridge from 90 degrees to 180 degrees. This consisted of lines being attached to the cutter from the bridge, the idea being for the cutter to pull the bridge around. the first attempt nearly led to the cutter pulling itself in such a way that it nearly capsized. However, a second attempt resulted in setting the bridge in the necessary swing.

I eventually managed to get a good position overlooking the resting place of the bridge and managed to get some photographs of the bridge being lowered into position.

The accuracy of the manoeuvring to lower the bridge onto its mooring point was meticulous and certainly took a lot of time and effort, indeed having read the media coverage, it appears the engineers only had a 3 millimetre element of error.

I then joined the many spectators on the Tyne Bridge and what a sight the new bridge is from there. If anyone wants to get a 'real idea' of what the Millennium Bridge looks like, I would suggest this vantage point. The real artistry and magnificent lines of the bridges architecture can be witnessed from here.

A marvellous day out, history in the making witnessed and loads of photographs of the Millennium Bridges journey taken.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Naming
Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne - 7th May 2002 and her opening of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Open 2
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - Open 3
Gateshead Millennium Bridge at Night
Photographs taken of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the evening of 20th September 2001.
Gateshead Pattern Makers
Blue print of a photograph thought to be of the Pattern makers of Hawthorns Engine Works Gateshead taken 1921. Photograph provided by Howard in Rutland ex Pattern maker
General Hospital
Former Woprkhouse.
Geoff Phillips
These photographs were taken when Geoff Phillips entrusted his collection of records covering Newcastle to my guardianship, a great honour that Geoff would think of me. The collection represents a whole range of written information, newspaper clippings etc covering a century or more having been collected firstly by a Dentist from Jesmond prior to the 1940's and thereafter by Geoff and his father Jack. The handover took place on 30th June 2006.
George Redmayne Murray
A black plaque that i hadn't come across before - testimonial to George Redmayne Murray on Durant Road (Saville Place), photographed 26th December 2016.

George Redmayne Murray, born in Newcastle, 20 June 1865, the son of William Murray, a leading physician and general practitioner.

He was a physician who pioneered in the treatment of endocrine disorders.and in 1891 developed the successful treatment of myxedema, with injections of sheep thyroid extract.

During 1891 Murray became pathologist to the Hospital for Sick Children in Newcastle and also practiced as physician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1898.

George Stephenson
This is an album dedicated to George Stephenson and also to his son, Robert Stephenson The Dial Cottage can be found on Great Lime Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne The memorabilia can be found at the Tyne & Wear Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne.George Stephenson Place associated with: Wylam. Date of birth: 09.06.1781 Date of death: 12.08.1848 One of the most famous people to be associated with the region is George Stephenson, who is known as the 'Father of Railways'. He was born in Wylam and later moved to Killingworth. He devised one of the first miner's safety lamps but shared credit for this invention with fellow British inventor Sir Humphry Davy, who developed a similar lamp at the same time. Stephenson's early efforts in locomotive design were confined to constructing locomotives to haul loads in coal mines. In 1829, along with his son Robert, he designed a locomotive to be known as the Rocket, which hauled both freight and passengers at a greater speed than any that had been invented before. The success of the Rocket greatly stimulated the subsequent construction of locomotives and the laying of railroad lines. George Stephenson was also involved in the building of the first passenger-carrying railway between Darlington and Stockton. The cottage where George Stephenson was born in Wylam is open to the public..
Get Carter
Ghost Signs
The Gibside Estate is these day owned and operated by the National Trust but was originally the property of the Bowes family.

Lying between Rowlands Gill and Whickham in what used to be north west Durham but is now Gateshead.

Created from 1729 originally by George Bowes, he transformed this part of the Derwent Valley into a country estate with landscaped gardens.

These photographs were taken on 21st September 2012 during a tour organised by Anthea Laing.

Remember to click on the folders to see the photographs that they contain.
Gibson Street
Gibson Street runs from City Road to New Bridge Street.
Glanton - Prospect House
This is the Grade II Listed Prospect House, 34 High Street, Glanton, photographed 27th December 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Prospect House
Listing Date: 25 August 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1041988
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236547
Location: Glanton, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Glanton

GLANTON FRONT STREET (North side) No. 34 (Prospect House)
NU 0614

House, probably mid-C18.

Squared roughly-tooled stone. Scottish slate roof with end stacks rebuilt in yellow brick; old brick lateral stack at rear. 2 storeys, 3 bays, irregular. Left of-centre double panelled doors with plain overlight; Royal Fire Company insurance plaque above. Boarded door on far left and blocked door with C20 wrought-iron screen to far right, both with keyed supra-lintels. Three 4-pane sashes to each floor, with slightly- projecting sills. Coped gables, end stacks rebuilt on old bases.

Interior: Fielded-panel doors and some shutters. West bedroom has C18 fireplaces; reeded overmantel with lion masks, C19 ironwork.

Listing NGR: NU0698214530

Glanton - The Clerking House, 40 - 42 Front Street
This is The Clerking House in Glanton Village, photographed 27th December 2017.

This detail courtesy of Architectural Heritage Glanton Parish by Vernon Thomas

40 and 42 were combined in 1978 and much altered.

No. 42 was a well proportioned house which had a shop window inserted when occupied by a cobbler. It was later a cycle shop in the days when Glanton’s population merited a cycle club. There are still indications of a shop sign above the central door, now permanently closed, and part of a tube which supported a sign. There is also an unusually shaped sloping edged stone over the door; perhaps the builder intended to put a date or monogram here but never fulfilled his intention.

This house like No. 44 and those now demolished opposite is built into the hillside and one has to go up stairs to exit at first floor level to the Croft to the rear. During alterations in the late 70s it was found that the rear and side walls are bonded with clay making the original structure which was probably a single storey cottage very old.

Also within the house there are a number of original Art Nouveau cast iron fire surrounds and a range installed by William Douglas of Glanton.

No. 40, originally a one up one down infill property, still has a battered wall which must have been an outside wall perhaps forming a yard between Nos. 38-42.

The accounts and paperwork for Dodds butcher’s shop was done here, hence “The Clerking House”. Again the window shows that this was once a shop. In fact, it was a baker’s shop with a tearoom upstairs and was later occupied by a confectioner and is now the village post office. The straight line of masonry at the west end, which corbels out above, suggests that there was once an entrance here.

Glanton - The Queens Head
Former Coaching Inn - c18.
Glanton Pant - Water Cistern
This is the Glanton Water Pant which was installed by public subscription during 1868, photographed 27th December 2017.

This extract courtesy of John Swanson's Parish History @

In 1861, as we have seen, 619 Glantonians lived in 111 houses. Sanitation, even for the time, was crude and basic with the water supply being provided from the Kepping Well, so-called because the villagers ‘kepped’ or caught their daily supply of water from the source on the side of Glanton Hill.

In1868 a committee of 9 village people determined that the supply should be improved and a Mr Patterson, a mason, was commissioned to supply a new trough which could be fed from the Glanton Hill source.

His work now stands at the flagpole at the west end of the village. A pipe extended to another trough situated at the eastern end of Front Street near the grass bank at the junction with Whittingham Road. In spite of attempts to improve the situation, the supply remained poor.

Global Rainbow - Whitley Bay
Over the 5 day period, 29th February to 4th March 2012 the lasers of the art installation Global Rainbow shone from a spot opposite St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay, North East England.

This was a piece of artwork created by Yvette Mattern costing £50,000 and celebrating the start of the Cultural Olympiad 2012 in the North East. An event to herald the London Olympics and Paralympic Games.

The lasers shone from 6 o'clock at night until midnight and could be seen as far away as Harlepool.
Glow Festival
NewcastleGateshead gets ready to GLOW as electric Winter Festival programme is announced NewcastleGateshead today (31 October 2006) announces its first international festival of light - Glow - on the birthday of local inventor Sir Joseph Swan. This winter the place where the first electric light bulb was invented will be lit up in spectacular style as part of NewcastleGateshead's world-class programme of festivals and events. Working in partnership NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council have commissioned NVA, the UK's leading public art and event producers, to create Glow as the centrepiece of this year's Winter Festival. Glow will include lighting installations and illuminations created by both renowned regional and international artists as well as popular and innovative community based work. Glow trail, 30 Nov - 2 Dec and 7 - 9 Dec, 5-9pm Similar to European light festivals such as Lyon's Fête des Lumières, NewcastleGateshead's iconic landmarks will be lit in the festival colour of magenta pink and Glow will also highlight hidden quirky buildings and architectural features. Festival goers will enjoy exploring the area following a trail leading from one illuminated artwork to the next. (See notes to editors for full details of artists and their work) The Shadow House, Saltwell Park: 30 Nov - 2 Dec, 5-9pm; Atkinson Road School, Benwell: 7 - 9 Dec, 5-9pm. Free performances every half hour. One of the highlights of the spectacular festival is The Shadow House which will see Saltwell Towers in Gateshead and Atkinson Road School in Benwell, Newcastle transformed into a magical winter fairytale with an animated film projected from the interior of the buildings. Artist Lindsay John, puppeteer Alison McGowan and lighting designer David Bryant have been commissioned to work on the project, which will also involve local school children. The Vampire Rabbit Trail 30 Nov - 2 Dec and 7 - 9 Dec, 5-9pm The Vampire Rabbit Trail will see Newcastle's legendary and mysterious rabbit, which is carved above a doorway behind St Nicholas Cathedral, appearing as a projected image at unexpected locations around the Glow trail providing a fun, interactive element for children to enjoy.
Golden Jubilee Parade
The Golden Jubilee Parade took place in Newcastle Upon Tyne on 1st June 2002 and included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Military Bands and Personnel and members of Newcastle's Multi Racial Community. A magnificent sight it was.
Gosforth is situated to the North of Newcastle, approximately 2 miles from the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. In Olde English, Gosforth means "Goose Ford, ford where there were geese".
Grainger Market
Grainger Memorial Fountain
This is the Grainger Memorial Fountain that currently stands at the corner of Waterloo Street and Forth Place. The memorial was originally situated on Westgate Road/Neville Street, close to Stephenson’s Monument and opened in 1892. It was then removed in the 1950’s to Wellington Street and to its current position in the 1980’s.

The memorial takes the form of a horse trough at the front and a human drinking fountain at the rear.

A Grade II Listed Building:

Description: Grainger Memorial Fountain.

Grade: II.
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 304908

OS Grid Reference: NZ2434963884.
OS Grid Coordinates: 424349, 563884.
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9690, -1.6212.

Location: Forth Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4DN.

Locality: Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Local Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne.
County: Tyne And Wear.
Country: England.
Postcode: NE1 4DN.

NZ 2463 NW NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE WATERLOO STREET (east side) 22/558 Grainger Memorial fountain.

Horse trough and drinking fountain. Dated 1892; signed ELSWICK COURT MARBLE WORKS CO. NEWCASTLE. Pink and grey granite. Plinth, corner shafts and cornice with semi- circular pediments; dome and finial. Semi-circular basin on rear; rectangular trough in front. Inscription on front panel commemorates Rachel and Richard Grainger.

Listing NGR: NZ2434963884
Grainger Street
Grainger Street runs from Greys Monument (Blackett Street) to Westgate Road/Neville Street.
Great Exhibition of the North 2018
Various photographs
Great North Fair 2003
This was a Family History Fair held at Gateshead Stadium, Saturday 13th September 2003
Great North Snowdogs
Courtesy of the Great North Snowdogs web site @

St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Great North Snowdogs!

The interactive trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, During Autumn and Winter 2016 you will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our dedicated app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.

Our Snowdogs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks from September 2016, in locations across Tyne and Wear. They will be joined by a pack of little Snowdog sculptures designed by local school children.

After you have enjoyed Great North Snowdogs during its 10-week extravaganza, the large sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Take a scamper around our website to find out more.
Great Tosson Tower Farmhouse
The Grade II Listed Tosson Tower Farmhouse at Great Tosson, Northumberland, photographed 25th March 2018.

Now a bed and breakfast establishment -

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Tosson Tower Farmhouse
Listing Date: 29 May 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1303355
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236323
Location: Whitton and Tosson, Northumberland, NE65
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Whitton and Tosson

GREAT TOSSON Tosson Tower Farmhouse
NU 00 SW

Farmhouse, formerly an inn. Mid C18, porch mid C19.

Ashlar with plinth and rusticated quoins, Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays with lower 2-bay wing to left. Large porch with round-headed doorway under label mould well-carved griffin above; gabled roof with kneelers and ball finials porch returns have 5-light mullioned windows. Sash windows, with intermediate glazing bars removed, in raised stone surrounds. Steeply pitched gabled roof with flat coping and kneelers. Ridge and left end stack.

Rear is 2 storeys plus basements due to lie of land. Gabled stair projection: former lean-to on right raised to full height mid C19.

Listing NGR: NU0296600568

Grey Street
Voted by BBC Radio 4 listeners as the best street in Britian.
Grey Street Gardens
A temporary 'pocket park' type idea from NE1 to provide an area of tranquilly for three months during the Summer in Newcastle.
Grey's Monument
Grey;s Monument stands at the junction of Grey Street and Grainger Street and commemorates Charles, earl Grey of Howick. The monument was built between 1837 and 1838 and is now a Listed Grade 1 building. Measurements are 134 feet high with the statue of Grey being 13 feet. During the year 1999 the area around Greys Monument has been renovated with new paving and street fitments being provided. The monument itself was cleaned and refurbished during the year 2000
Groat Market
Situated to the Southern edge of the Bigg Market. Home to The Newcastle Evening Cronicle and Journal. The name Groat Market comes freom the fact that this was the only place in Newcastle allowed to sell Groats. Groats are unground oats for the uninitiated.
Guides Temp
Temp album for Newcastle City Guides
Guildhall - Volume 2
Some further photographs.
Guildhall - Volume 1
The current Newcastle Guildhall was built in 1655 by Robert Trollope, although much changed in 1823 by Newcastle Architect John Dobson.

The Guildhall contains the original Town Court or Assizes and this is still in its original form, even down to the handcuffs/shackles in the prisoner dock.

Also within the Guildhall is The Merchant Venturers Court, although reconstructed by Dobson in 1823.

The Mayors Parlour was built in the 17th century and contains some fine paintings of Newcastle Scenes together with some fine plaster work.
Hadrian Yard - Offshore Group Newcastle
Photographs of the construction of a North Sea Platform being built at the Hadrian Yard on the Tyne.
This from the OGN - Offshore Group Newcastle web site:

A new company revives historic site as rising investment boosts hopes for further orders, writes Chris Tighe.

The towering workshops at the Hadrian yard beside the River Tyne - once at the heart of construction for the North Sea oil and gas sector - are again ringing with the sounds of hammering and welding in an indication of a dramatic improvement in the investment climate.

The vast 75-acre yard, where new British-made cranes are being installed as part of a £4m investment, has reopened to fabricate the North Sea platforms that it was first established for in the 1980s.

After a trend in recent years of declining capital expenditure in the UK's offshore oil and gas fields, new figures published on Wednesday from Oil & Gas UK, the trade body, show a turnround.

Investment in 2010 rose from around £5bn to £6bn - a level last seen in 2006 - and the body forecasts that the figure for this year may increase to £8bn. Furthermore, it says, that level may be sustained for the next five years.

For Dennis Clark, chairman of Offshore Group Newcastle, the company that has reopened the Hadrian yard, these statistics confirm that OGN's £15m purchase of the yard, and the £4m upgrading, are a shrewd business move as well as an act of faith.

"I didn't expect at this stage of my career to return to the Tyne to a yard I built with colleagues and friends in the mid-1980s and put it to use again," says the 64-year-old.

"But somebody must have a little bit of vision".

Well known in the North Sea oil and gas industry, Mr Clark was a senior executive in fabrication yards on the Tyne's north bank from the early-1970s to the mid-1990s; from 1989 to 1995 he was chief executive of Amec Process and Energy, based at Hadrian yard.

In the glory days of North Sea oil and gas platform building, yards on the Tyne and Tees carried out three quarters of the fabrication of North Sea structures, according to NOF Energy, a sector support body of which Mr Clark is honorary president. At its 1980s and 1990s peak the Hadrian yard employed up to 3,000 men and oil and gas fabrication supported an estimated 20,000 north-east jobs.

But then the sector shrank as North Sea orders declined and focus shifted elsewhere. Tracts of the Hadrian yard were used solely to store new cars pre-delivery.

But factors including tax stability, global energy needs and technical advances in oil extraction, including constructing new platforms linked to older structures, are boosting North Sea order potential.

In November OGN, established in 2009, clinched its first order - a £150m contract from Apache Corporation for a 10,000-tonne bridge-linked platform for the US operator's Forties field in the UK North Sea. This contract, due for completion in July 2012, will employ 1,000 people at peak.

OGN is pursuing more North Sea oil and gas contracts and, longer term, the nascent offshore wind sector. "We aren't here for one contract," says Mr Clark. "We're here as a business."
Hadrian's Tipi
A temporary tented pub and restaurant outside of Newcastle Central Station, Neville Street - photographed 8th November 2016.
Hadrians Wall
Various photographs taken along the length of Hadrians Wall
Hadrian’s Tipi
This is a temporary tent which is to host a festive pop-up will serve as a bar and eatery - due to be at the central station until January 2017.
Claimed to be the centre of Britain
Hancock Museum
Hanover Square and Hanover Street
Harbottle - Clennell Memorial Fountain
Harriet Pennell Clennell must have been highly thought of to have a memorial built to immortalise her by the inhabitants of Harbottle at a cost of £120.

Designed by D. McMilan the fountain was erected in 1880. Made from sandstone and polished granite it stands 5 meters high.

The inscription reads:


The memorial is Grade II listed and this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Clennel Memorial Fountain

Grade: II
Date Listed: 3 September 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 236149

OS Grid Reference: NT9339404694
OS Grid Coordinates: 393394, 604694
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3363, -2.1057

Location: Richardson Lane, Harbottle, Northumberland NE65 7DG

Locality: Harbottle
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 7DG


26/62 Clennel Memorial
21/10/53 Fountain


Fountain. 1880 by McMillan of Alnwick. Ashlar and marble. High Victorian Gothic style. 9 steps with low stone walls with square corniced piers lead to terrace upon which the fountain stands.

Square base with two chamfered offsets. Marble inscription on south side to Mrs Clennel of Harbottle Castle who ... "Devoted the powers of an active mind, the impulses of a generous heart, and the industry of a busy life to the welfare and happiness of the inhabitants of Harbottle." Semi-octagonal basins on east and south sides in trefoiled round-headed recesses. On the west side the spout emerges from an iron gargoyle.

Elaborate Gothic canopy over with pointed, trefoiled arches and marble columns with foliage capitals. Smaller arrangement above round solid care has elaborate crocketed gables.

Listing NGR: NT9339404694
Harbottle - The Star Inn
Photographed 3rd October 2017 - unfortunately it wasn't open that day!
Harbottle United Reformed Church
This is the former Harbottle United Reformed Church, Northumberland, photographed 19th September 2006 and 3rd October 2017.

Dating from 1854, closed 1981 and is now a private residence.

Grade II Listed, the listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @ https://www.britishlistedbuildings.c...e#.WdjVvTBrxtQ

Entry Name: Presbyterian Church
Listing Date: 3 September 1986
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1303251
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236157
Location: Harbottle, Northumberland, NE65
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Harbottle

HARBOTTLE VILLAGE Presbyterian Church (South side)
NT 9304

Former Presbyterian Church, now redundant. 1854.

Roughly-dressed stone with ashlar dressings and Welsh slate roof. A single cell building oriented north-south.

North end has central pointed-arched door with broad broach-stopped chamfered surround. 3-light window above with Y-tracery and flanking tall ancets. Octagonal north bellcote, partly corbelled out, has slightly concave stone pyramidal roof. 5-bay returns with lancets. South end has 2 tall lancets. All windows have leaded diamond panes. Gabled roof with flat coping and obelisk finial on south end.

Listing NGR: NT9324104682

Harbottle Village Hall
This is the Grade II Listed Village Hall in Harbottle, Northumberland, photographed 3rd October 2017.
Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: New Hall
Listing Date: 3 September 1986
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1371419
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236146
Location: Harbottle, Northumberland, NE65
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Harbottle

HARBOTTLE VILLAGE (North side) New Hall
NT 9304

Village hall. Probably originally a late C18 farm building modified early C19.

Ashlar with Welsh slate roof. Gable and top courses of side walls in different masonry. 2 storeys, 1-bay gabled front to street with 3-bay returns. Front has segmental arch on ground floor with wood-board infill. On 1st floor a pointed-arched window with keystone and intersecting glazing bars. Steeply-pitched gabled roof with flat coping; square block finial towards road and corniced end stack to rear. Outside stone steps on right return and two 4-pane sashes with intermediate glazing bars removed.

C20 addition on right return not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NT9352304689

The Village of Hartburn which stands some 8 miles west of the Town of Morpeth. Hartburn stands on the river Hart Burn and has a 12th Century Church, St Andrews. The Roman Road, The Devil's Causeway passed through Hartburn and evidence of a Roman Bridge crossing the Hart Burn can still be seen. A cave that is located adjacent to the Devil's Causeway is thought to have been used as a Roman Temple and latterly (18th Century) turned into a Folly, serving as changing rooms for a bathing pool that has been created in the Hart Burn.
Hartford Military Camp
Hartford Military Camp was constructed during World War 2, occupying a 30 acre site on both sides of the A192 road at the Northern edge of Plessey Woods. The camp was set up to develop newly recruited soldiers and Plessey Woods at that time were used for training purposes and at one stage old gun emplacements could still be seen. Following the cessation of hostilities the camp remained open as a demobilisation centre for troops leaving the army. Some time around 1947/48 the camp was taken over by 60 homeless families who in effect became squatters. This was an illegal occupation but evidently several eminent families” were part of this occupation including the local Bedlington Member of Parliament. Bedlington UDC eventually took the camp over with a 5 year lease and having made repairs and upgrades were successful in housing some 350 families. These upgrades included a Junior School housing 200 children. The camp was finally closed in 1958 by which time all of the families had been rehoused. All that remains of the camp oday is a single Nissen hut which is currently used for agricultural purposes
Hartley Pit Disaster
In January 1862 an engine beam at the Hester Pit of Hartley Colliery snapped and fell into the mines one and only shaft. The effect of this being that the shaft was totally blocked with debris At the time of the collapse the pits workforce was changing shifts and as a consequence more workers than normal were underground. Some 204 workers, including children as young as 10 were trapped. It took rescuers 6 days to dig down through the shaft only to be metwith the fact that all 204 miners had perished The majority of victims of the Hartley Colliery Disaster are buried in the churchyard of St Albans Church in Earsdon. A report of the time claimed that such was the scale of the burial that the funeral cortege ran from Earsdon to Hartley Village a distance of three miles. Memorials to the Disaster can be found within the churchyard at Earsdon and also at New Hartley. The Memorial at Earsdon consists of a large stone built pedestal withan obelisk on top. The monument is engraved with the names of the deceased along with their ages. It makes very sad reading, children and Fathers having perished alongside each other. The Memorial at New Hartley, corner of St Michael's Avenue and Hester Gardens, is built on the actual site of the Hester Pit. It takes the form of a memorial garden but also contains the original capped shaft entrance and engine room block.
Harton - South Shields
Harton Village now forms part of the urban sprawl of South Shields
Haydon Bridge
Photographs of the Haymarket area of Newcastle Upon Tyne which has had many changes over recent years. Indeed changes are still being made today. Including The Civic Centre and St Thomas's Church. Oddly enough, I commenced my 'drinking career' in the Haymarket in the 1970's. Ahh those were the days!.
A few photographs, mainly requests from former residents of the Heaton area of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Heaton Main Colliery Disaster
Some scans taken from John Sykes Local Volumes
Heaton Park
Heaton Park was originally part of the grounds of Heaton Hall, seat of the Ridleys of Blagdon. It was later purchased by Lord Armstrong (1868). Heaton Park was gifted to the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne by Lord Armstrong in 1879. One of it's interesting features is The House of Adam of Jesmond. Built as a 13th Century fortified manor house and owned by the Sheriff of Newcastle. It is locally known as King Johns Palace. It is also known as Adam of Jesmonds Camera. Also in the Park is a stone built tower which is all that remains of an 18th century windmill.
Heddon on the Wall
Heddon on the Wall is approximately 9 miles to the West of Newcastle upon Tyne and sits in the County of Northumberland The village is built on a hill, more or less on the route of Hadrian's Roman Wall, indeed remains of the Wall are visible in the village. The name Heddon is Old English for "Heathery Hill", thus "Heathery Hill beside the Wall". The Church of St Andrews dates from the Saxon period. More information on Heddon on the Wall can be found at
Hedwin Stream - Tide Stone

Located to the side of the Riverside Walk between Wylam and Newburn at a location called Hedwin Streams is the ancient marker of what was in the 18th century the high tide mark of the Tyne. Nowadays the high tide is further upstream at Wylam.

It is Grade II Listed and dates from 1783, made from stone it carries the Newcastle upon Tyne shield, three castles, although much weathered and measures 3 feet (0.91 metres) in height.The Tide Stone was erected to mark the boundary of the waters of the Tyne controlled by the Tyne Improvement Commission (now Port of Tyne Authority). The distance covered by tides on the Tyne from the Tide Stone to the North Sea is 19 miles (30 kilometres).

The Corporation of Newcastle upon Tyne in the past surveyed the bounds of its area each Ascension Day. This would entail the Mayor of Newcastle and guests travelling the length of the Tyne between Sparhawk at the mouth of the river to Hedwin Streams, the last such occasion was exercised in 1861.

The Mayor’s barge would be used for the journey and by tradition the Mayor would land on the shore and kiss who he judged was the prettiest girl in the waiting crowd. The chosen girl would be given a sovereign coin but the rumour is that the practice was eventually halted when it was found the recipient of the coin was a relative of the Mayor.

This proclamation was read out at the arrival:

"Proclamation is hereby made that the Soil of the River Tyne, wherever covered with water, between Hedwin Streams and Sparhawk is within the Borough of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and belongs to, and is within the Jurisdiction of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the said Borough."
Heritage Open Days 2011
Collection of photographs taken during the 2011 Heritage Open Days in places not normally open to the public.

A very enjoyable series of visits over the period 8th to 11th September 2011.

Click on the sub albums below to see the photographs from each venue.
Hetton Le Hole
These photographs were taken in Fairy Street - the question being what was the "Site of the Fairies Cradle"?
This album concentrates mainly on St Marys Church, Shields Road, Heworth. The churchyard contains many interesting features, such as The Felling Colliery Disaster Memorial and the Bed Sculpture
Hexham Abbey
Photographs taken during a visit on 10th October 2014
High Bridge
Under Construction
High Callerton
High Friar Lane
Higham Place
These early houses in the City Centre are historically important as they represent the first buildings erected by Richard Grainger as the first commission for his building business. The town houses were built (1819 - 1820) for Alderman William Batson, a prominent Newcastle Methodist.

Eneas Mackenzie makes this comment about Higham Place in his book 'The present state of Newcastle: The suburbs of Pilgrim Street', in Historical Account of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Including the Borough of Gateshead (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1827:

Higham Place is a range of substantial, good houses, that branches northwards, and was so called by the late proprietor, William Batson, Esq. from his estate in Ponteland parish.

The three houses are all that remain of an original terrace and are Grade II Listed, this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: 6, 7 and 8, Higham Place

Grade: II
Date Listed: 29 June 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 304628

OS Grid Reference: NZ2513664579
OS Grid Coordinates: 425136, 564579
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9752, -1.6088

Location: Higham Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8AF

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 8AF

29/6/76 Nos. 6, 7 and 8

3 houses, now offices and restaurant. 1819-20 by Richard Grainger for William Batson of Higham Dykes.

English bond brick in Nos. 6 and 7, adapted English garden wall bond in No.8; painted ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roofs. 3 storeys and attics; each house 2 bays. Doors at right of each house have fanlight with glazing bars in Tuscan doorcase with open pediment. Wedge stone lintels to 2 sashes on each floor, some renewed, with glazing bars. Projecting second-floor sills; sill bands to ground and first floors, and first floor band. Nos. 7 and 8 have Edwardian tripartite attics; roof dormer of No.6 being altered at time of survey.

Bronze-like plaque on No.6 commemorates 1958 centenary of Northern Architectural Association.

Richard Grainger's first building in Newcastle.

Listing NGR: NZ2513664579
HMS Calliope
HMS Illustrious - R06 - Visit to the Tyne 29.02.12
HMS Illustrious returns to the river of her birth, Port of Tyne, North East England on 29th February 2012. Photographed from Western Quay, North Shields.

This may well be her last visit to the Tyne as she will be decommissioned in early 2014.

This information courtesy of Wikipedia @

HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible-class light aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is the fifth warship and second aircraft carrier to bear the name Illustrious, and is affectionately known as "Lusty" to her crew. The vessel just missed the Falklands Conflict, but was deployed to Iraq and Bosnia in the 1990s and to Sierra Leone in 2000. An extensive re-fit in 2002 meant that she missed the Iraq War, but she was finished in time to assist British citizens trapped by the 2006 Lebanon War.

Illustrious, the second of the planned three Invincible class aircraft carriers, was laid down at Swan Hunter on the River Tyne in 1976 and launched in 1978. As the ship neared the end of its fitting out period, the Falklands War broke out. As a consequence, work on Illustrious was greatly speeded up. The war was won before Illustrious could be finished, but she did perform a useful service in the aftermath. Until the RAF airfield on the Falkland Islands was repaired, an aircraft carrier was required on station to protect the area from possible Argentine attack. Invincible had been on station for many months when Illustrious arrived to its relief. Illustrious was needed so quickly that the ship was commissioned whilst underway. Rear Admiral Derek Reffell commanded the relief task group from Illustrious during this period. After the RAF airfield was repaired, Illustrious returned to the UK for a full shakedown cruise and workup period, with a formal commissioning on 20 March 1983.

In May 2011 Illustrious was made operationally ready after a £40 million refit and is due to be handed back to the fleet after sea trials in late July 2011. She has taken over the helicopter carrier role while Ocean undergoes a planned refit, due for completion by 2014; Illustrious will then be withdrawn from service.
Holy Cross Church - Wallsend
Photographs of the former Holy Cross Church in Wallsend, taken 21st October 2014.

A Grade 1 Listed Building (also a Scheduled Ancient Monument), this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Church of Holy Cross

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 August 1947
English Heritage Building ID: 303423

OS Grid Reference: NZ3052067204
OS Grid Coordinates: 430520, 567204
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9985, -1.5244

Location: Deneholm, North Tyneside NE28 7HE

Locality: Wallsend
County: North Tyneside
Country: England
Postcode: NE28 7HE

NZ 36 NW
Holy Cross.
18.8.47 Church of Holy Cross
G.V. I

Parish church. C12; C17 porch; restored 1909; roughly coursed and squared sand- stone rubble; coursed squared sandstone porch. Nave, chancel and south porch. South doorway of nave has inner arch behind corbelled arch; elliptical-headed door opening in porch has chamfered surround and impost blocks. Stone benches. Diagonal west buttresses. Interior: round base at west end of nave formerly held font. Walls surviving to about a half-metre, except for doorways and porch.

Historical note: roof removed c.1797 by William Clarke of Dockwray Square, North Shields, who intended to repair the church, but sold his property in Wallsend without any work being done.
Sources: W. Richardson History of the Parish of Wallsend, 1927, 110-122. M. Hope Dodds History of Northumberland vol. XIII 1930.

Listing NGR: NZ3052267208

Holy Cross Church was built between the villages of Wallsend and Willington by the monks of Jarrow about the year 1150.

The earliest reference to the site of the church is contained within two charters, one of them a grant to Bishop Walcher in 1074 and the other to Bishop William de St. Carilef in 1082.

Holy Cross Church, Ryton
The Grade I Listed Holy Cross Church, Ryton, photographed 24th June 2018. Unfortunately not open during the visit.

Originally built in the C13 with restoration between 1877and 1886. The broach spire is thought to have bee added C14.

Listing text can be found @

Holy Jesus Hospital
This fine building was nearly lost to Newcastle upon Tyne when the adjacent City Motorway was built in the 1960's. It has lain in an almost derelict condition for a lot of its life in the 20th Century, but thankfully is now in a stable condition and being used by the National Trust. The Holy Jesus Hospital has also been known as the Freeman's or Town's Hospital and was opened in 1682. It isn't a hospital in the modern sense of the word; it was basically an Arms House. The Joicey Museum was at one stage based here but the exhibits are now on display at the Discovery Museum in Blandford House.
Holy Trinity Church, Widdrington
This is Holy Trinity Church, Widdrington, Northumberland, photographed 17th May 2018.

Unfortunately not open during my visit.

Grade I Listed, originating in the C12 with C14 and C19 additions.

Further details can be seen at The British Listed Buildings web site @

Holy Trinity Embleton
These photographs taken 4th March 2001 of the Grade I Listed Holy Trinity Embleton.

Listing text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Trinity
Listing Date: 31 December 1969
Grade: I
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1041822
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236953
Location: Embleton, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Parish: Embleton

EMBLETON VILLAGE Church of the Holy Trinity
NU 2322

Parish Church. Lower part of tower late C11 or early C12; nave arcades early C13; aisles rebuilt and tower heightened early C14; porch later C15 or early C16; aisles refenestrated and extended to embrace tower 1850 by John Dobson; chancel (replacing a predecessor of c.1800) and vestry 1867 by F.R. Wilson at the expense of Merton College, Oxford.

Lower part of tower rubble, other parts squared stone, except for chancel of alternating bands of grey roughly- faced limestone and pink sandstone; ashlar dressings. Graduated Lakeland slate roof to nave; C20 stainless steel roofs to aisles; chancel and vestry roofs banded purple Welsh slate with green fish-scale slates. Plan: West tower, nave with 3-bay aisles later extended west, south porch and transeptal. Craster Chapel at east end of north aisle; chancel with north vestry. C14 style, the chancel with Geometrical tracery.

Three-stage tower with chamfered set-backs between stages and below parapet. Restored or C19 stepped buttresses flank C19 2-light west window. South wall of lower stage shows part-blocked trefoil-headed window above aisle roof; second stage has two square-headed windows on west; belfry has transomed openings of two trefoil-headed lights with quatrefoil spandrel; parapet with trefoil-headed open panels and 8 small pinnacles.

South aisle has diagonal south-west buttress. Tall chamfered plinth east of porch. Flat-topped porch with moulded 4-centred arch, carved hoodmould stops and niche on angel corbel above; cornice and parapet. Interior shows old stone benches, C19 roof with carved bosses and C19 doorway with boarded double doors, below weathering of earlier porch roof. Five C12 and C13 cross slabs set in internal walls; (other medieval fragments set into internal walls of vestry). 2-light C19 aisle windows. North aisle has old moulded parapet similar to porch. Projecting gabled Craster Chapel has large stepped buttress on east and renewed 2-light north window. C19 clerestorey with trefoiled ogee-headed lights; coped east gable on moulded kneelers, with ring cross finial.

3-bay chancel. South wall shows chamfered plinth and set-back at sill level, and stepped buttresses between bays; central buttress extended westward into a projection holding a cinquefoil-headed priest's door; 2-light windows varying in detail. 5-light east window flanked by gabled angel buttresses, beneath coped gable with ring cross finial. One 2-light window on north, and pent-roofed vestry.

Interior: Double-chamfered tower arch; chamfered hoodmould. Above arch traces of a blocked door and weathering of low-pitched late medieval roof. Base of tower has pointed vault on three chamfered ribs, pierced by C19 iron spiral stair. Vault ribs cut rear arches of blocked early Norman windows in side walls. Nave arcades of pointed double-chamfered arches on octagonal piers with moulded capitals; eastern responds have foliage carving. Carved broach stops to outer order chamfer; hoodmoulds with large nutmeg ornament, partly re-cut, and carved stops. East wall of south aisle shows three brackets, two with carved heads, and rebated aumbry. East window of north aisle flanked by round- and ogee-arched piscinae with cusped recesses above, possibly re-set. Double-chamfered segmental-pointed arch to Craster Chapel; Chapel has rebated aumbry on east.

C19 double-chamfered chancel arch with dogtooth, on C13 carved corbels, under weathering of steeply-pitched C13 nave roof; large blocked window in gable. Chancel banded pink and yellow stone. Piscina and credence recesses have trefoiled arches; adjacent window sill lowered to hold wooden sedile.

C19 scissor-braced nave roof on stone corbels; plain late medieval roofs to aisles. Elaborate collar-beam chancel roof. Tiled sanctuary with wrought- iron Gothic altar rails; carved stone reredos. Carved 1896 pulpit. Chancel glass 1884 by Kempe; east window with Northumbrian Saints, side windows with Evangelists, Patriarchs, Prophets and Fathers of the Latin Church. Carved C19 font in C13 style. Old Craster hatchments over arch to Craster Chapel and under tower.

Monuments: C18 ledger slabs in chancel. At west end of south aisle wall tablets to Mrs Grace Edwards d.1696, Anthony Wilson (Custom Officer at Craster) d.1718 and Joseph Wood (Major of the Northumberland militia) d.1810. At west end of north aisle wall tablets to Viscount Grey of Fallodon d. 1933 and other C19 and early C20 members of the family.

Listing NGR: NU2306822485

Series of black & white photographs supplied from Ruth Perrott's collection - all dated circa 1931. Colour photographs taken by myself in 2003.
Hood Street
Hoppings - 2000
These photographs were taken in July 2000 at The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hoppings. This annual fair is held on the Town Moor and is claimed to be the largest travelling fair in Europe..
Hoppings 2001
A series of photographs taken at the 2001 Newcastle Hoppings - taken on the first day, Friday 22nd June 2001, on a sunny evening. Strange start for the Hoppings - no rain in sight!.
Horatio Street - Sailors Bethel
Postcode: NE1 2PE
LBS Number: 304635
Grade: II
Date Listed: 30/03/1987
NGR: NZ2626364188

Listing Text:

Seamen's nonconformist chapel. 1875 by Thomas Oliver. Sunday School room 1900 by Oliver, Leeson and Wood.

Sandstone ashlar retaining wall at left; brick with ashlar dressings; roof of small thick dark slates; lead-covered flèche.

Built on steep slope: main elevation to Horatio Street 2 storeys; rear to City Road one storey. 3 left bays; 3-bay chapel at right. Third, entrance, bay under gable has square-headed double door with nook shafts; IHS carved in shield above. Quatrefoil light over. 2 left bays under gable have tall sashes with trefoiled heads above retaining wall. Stone mullioned-and-transomed window over door. Cusped lancets to chapel, and tall 2-light east window in 3-sided apse with head-stopped drip-mould; gargoyles flank this window under gable. Steeply- pitched hipped roof to chapel with tall round central flèche on belfry.

A prominent landmark above the Quayside.

Historically the Bethel built for £2,000 as a non conformist Chapel in 1875 to a design by Thomas Oliver (Junior) and replaced a earlier Chapel in Manor Chare. It opened on 12th April 1877 and a Sunday School was added to the back of the building in 1900.

The building was used for a short period at the end of World War 2 as a Danish Church but this closed down in 1949.

Used as a store for many years and restored in 1991 as office accommodation for the then Tyne & Wear Development Corporation.

Of course Sailors Bethel is often taken to mean something completely different (if you know what I mean), however the dictionary shows Bethel as meaning:

Etymology: Hebrew bEth'El house of God
Date: circa 1617
1 : a hallowed spot
2 a : a chapel for Nonconformists b : a place of worship for seamen

The Bethel was painted by TS Lowry in 1965 as The Old Chapel, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Horncliffe - North Northumberland.
Horncliffe War Memorial
The Grade II Listed Horncliffe War Memorial, photographed 29th April 2018.

Formed from Red Doddington sandstone and takes an early medieval style cross.
The memorial originally stood outside of the Presbyterian Church on Main Street but when it closed to services, now a private residence, the cross was relocated to its present position outside of the URC Church.

Unveiled on 19th September 1920 by Field Marshall Viscount Allenby and dedicated by Reverend WW Charlton

The dedication on the memorial was recut and repainted in 2016 having been for many years covered by a metal sheet. The cross head was also replaced, the original having decayed.

Further details can be seen at the North East War Memorials Project web site @

Listing text can be found @

Horton - St Mary the Virgin
St Mary The Virgin - Horton. Located: on the A192 between Ashington Spine Road (A189) and Bedlington. Quarter of a mile from the Spine Road intersection. Date of consecration: Unknown A Church of 12th Century foundation, rebuilt in 1827 and restored in 1900. The Church at Horton was administered by the Prior of Tynemouth in 1147. In 1650 The Church Commissioners recommended the Church be included within a Parish including Blyth Neuk, Newsham and Cramlington. A memorial stone to Anne Barbowle (Anne Harbottle) 1517 is set into the South wall, evidently this is a tombstone, a thin slab with name and pair of shears inscribed. Bell dates from 1621. Unfortunatley in very poor condition. The Church has an eighteenth Century sun dial. The Kell garvestone photographs were taken for Shirley Gaunt from Australia - they are her ancestors. The photographs taken 7 September 2006 were when the Church was open as part of the Heritage Open Days.
Inchcolm Island
Jackie Milburn Memorial
Jackie Milburn Statue

A statue to one of Newcastle United greatest ever players, Jackie Milburn. A great man both on and off the field.

The statue was paid for by public subscription and has stood on Northumberland Street then moved to St James Boulevard and finally to St James' Park.
Jarrow - 1950
This set of photographs kindly donated by: Elizabeth Tindle (nee Baker) Dr Elizabeth Tindle, FAPS Psychologist Queensland University of Technology Brisbane Queensland Australia
Jarrow - Back to Jarrow March 1981
This was a March through Jarrow organised by the Northern Regional Council of the Labour Party - 1st November 1981.
Jarrow Crusade - Paul Perry Photographs
This set of photographs is displayed by kind permission of Paul Perry who holds copyright ownership. Paul has his own site at
This is a leafy suburb of Newcastle Upon Tyne, lying to the North of the City. The photographs of Carlton House are especially for Chris Morgan who took night classes there - date unknown!
Jesmond - Banqueting Hall
The Banqueting Hall can be found on Jesmond Dene Park Road and it commands fantastic views over the Dene. This is why Lord Armstrong had Architect John Dobson design and build the Hall between 1860 and 1862. The Hall was used to entertain Armstrong's guests. A Lodge and Extension were added in 1869 - 70 to a design by R Norman Shaw. It is the Lodge House or Gatehouse that can be seen on these photographs.
Jesmond - St Marys
R J Charlton in his book "Newcastle Town" (circa 1885) wrote: "The next mention of the place is in 1510, when we read of a great number of Newcastle people, headed by some of their aldermen, coming to Jesmond to kill the Prior of Tynemouth. Why they came, and whether they succeeded, is another point on which history is silent; but it is probable that it was at the hospital here that the prior lodged, and that we are now on the spot where our ancestors came with such blood-thirsty intentions. The Priors of Tynemouth were in possession of the chapel (this is S Mary's Chapel) and hospital at about this time. Edward VI, granted them to the corporation of Newcastle, which, in turn, sold them to Sir Robert Brandling. We read of Sir Francis Anderson and others in 1658 selling possessions here to William Coulson, Esq., where his descendants resided until 1809. For long the chapel was used as a barn and stable, and the hospital was rebuilt and converted into a dwelling-house. Close to the chapel is a little dell, through which runs a tiny rivulet, and in which is the famous St. Mary's Well, which was said to have had as many steps down to it as there are articles in the Apostles' Creed. Mr. Coulson, we are told by McKenzie in 1827, enclosed the dell for a bathing-place, but he had no sooner done this than the water left it. There were whispers of profanation of a holy place amongst the superstitious, but soon the water returned in greater abundance than ever. The well still remains, though the road has of late years been diverted, and now runs across the little dell (which has been filled in for the purpose) below the well, instead of running round between the well and the chapel, as it once did." This is what the Jesmond Dene Web Site has to say about the well @ "Leaving the Chapel, we make our way to the Holy Well, which is situated some 200 yards west. On the stonehead is inscribed the word Gratia; the full inscription is, however, said to have read: Ave Maria Gratia Plena (Hail Mary full of grace). The well at one time was reputed to have been a warm spring and in cold weather a cloud of vapour issued from it - be that as it may, the waters of the present well are clear and ice-cool. The reputation gained over the centuries for miraculous cures of various ailments still remains today and people even now fill small bottles with the well's water for its medicinal values. The well was acquired by the Corporation in 1932 and it having deteriorated considerably since then, it was decided in 1982 to renovate the site and to take the opportunity to have a full archaeological investigation. From this it appears that the doubt that existed early in the century as to the exact site of St. Mary's Well was justified as the present structure does not date back beyond the 17th Century. There are known to have been at least two other springs in the vicinity of the Chapel and it may be that one of these at least marked the site of the original miraculous cures." This short snippet can be seen @ "There is a holy well here, said to have as many steps to it as there are articles in the creed. It was recently enclosed for a bathing place, which was no sooner done than the water left it. The well was always esteemed of more sanctity than common wells, and therefore the failing of the water could be looked upon as nothing less than a just revenge for so great a profanation. But, alas ! the miracle's at an end, for the water returned a while ago in as great abundance as ever. Pilgrimages to this well and chapel at Jesmond were so frequent, that one of the principal streets of the great commercial town aforesaid is supposed to have had its name partly from having and inn in it, to which the pilgrims that flocked thither for the benefit of the supposed holy water used to resort.--Ibid.; Brand. Pop. Ant., ii. 380,n." Taken from "St. Mary's Chapel at "Jesu Mount" was regarded as one of the most important shrines in Christendom in medieval times. The reason for this veneration was due to the fact that evidence of the enactment of healing miracles at St. Mary's Well had been received and accepted by the Pope in Rome. It was held that Jesus, at the request of the Virgin Mary, had performed miracles between AD 1125 and AD 1250 at the Well, which was in a wooded hollow, a short distance to the west of the Chapel." In "The History of Newcastle upon Tyne or the Ancient and Present State of that Town" by Henry Bourne M.A. (1736) there is a section on Pilgrim Street. Bourne mentions the fact that Pilgrims would pass through Newcastle on their pilgrimage to St Mary's Chapel and Well and makes the following footnote at page 82: "The Gentleman of this Place at present is William Coulson, Esq; who lately built a very pretty House, and accommodated it with Gardens. St. Mary's Well in this Village, which is said to have had as many Steps down to it, as there are Articles in the Creed, was lately inclos'd by Mr. Coulson for a Bathing-Place; which was no sooner done than the Water left it. This occasioned strange Whispers in the Village and the adjacent Places. The Well was always esteemed of more Sanctity than common Wells, and therefore the Failing of the Water could be looked upon as nothing less than a just Revenge for so great a Prophanation. But Alas! the Miracle's at an End, for the Water returned a-while ago in as great Abundance as ever" In his Local Records, John Sykes makes the following comments in his entry for the year 1351: "1351.-St. Mary's chapel and hospital at Jesmond near Newcastle, existed at this tine; their founder unknown. The corporation of Newcastle obtained a grant of them from Edward VI. Brand says, (1789) "there remains one of the little windows of the hospital in the west gable of a house, at present a public house. The chapel has had a north aisle which is now a stable, and the hospital itself is now a barn." These ruins have lately been cleared of the buildings by James Losh, Esq., the present proprietor, and have a fine effect. The late celebrated mathematician, Dr. Charles Hutton in a very early period of his life, kept a school at Stotte's Hall in this village, formerly the mansion house of Sir Robert Stotte. Sir Francis Anderson, Knt. and others sold possessions here in 1669, to William Coulson Esq., whose descendants had residence upon them until 1808, when they were purchased by the late John Anderson, Esq., of Newcastle by whose family Jesmond House is now inhabited. This delightful village which contains two public gardens, is, by the inhabitants of Newcastle, much resorted to during the summer months. There was an inn in Pilgrim Street, in Newcastle, at which the devotees in their visits to the shrine of St. Mary, at Jesmond, are said to have lodged, hence it was called the Pilgrim's Inn, which is supposed to have given name to the street. The Holy Well at Jesmond was anciently in high estimation, and hither, for the purpose of devotion, people came from all parts of the island. Bourne says, "the Pilgrim's Inn is on the west side of the street, and exactly one hundred and sixteen yards, one foot, fro111 the southern most corner of Upper Dean Bridge." Consequently the present Queen's Head Inn will stand nearly upon its site." The Monthly Chronicle of North Country Lore and Legend for April 188 has an article about "Holy Wells in the North" and mentions the following about St Mary's: "Bourne tells us how when a gentleman named Coulson enclosed St. Mary's Well, in the village of Jesmond, near Newcastle, for a bathing place, it was no sooner done than the water left it. This he says was occasioned by strange whispers in the village and the adjacent places. This well, which had as many steps down as there are articles in the Creed, had always been esteemed of more sanctity than common, and therefore the failing of the water could be looked upon as nothing less than a just revenge for so great a profanation. But, alas! the miracle was soon washed away, for the water returned in the course of a little while in as great abundance as ever." There is a report in the 1983 edition of the Archaeologia Aeliana or Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity, Fifth Series, Volume XI - The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne which sheds light on the well following an excavation by R Fraser and others. In the piece by R Fraser casts some doubt as to whether the well is actually a "holy well" as is claimed by some members of the Catholic Church. The observation is made that whilst historical records support the claim of nearby St Mary's Chapel as a "holy site" the same cannot be said for the St Mary's Well in The Grove (i.e. the one that I photographed). It appears that there were a number of similar wells in the area, indeed there were two within the confines of the Chapels grounds, the other being known as Pigg's Well. Evidently St Mary's Well is fed by the Moor Crook Letch which for the majority of its course is covered over. The excavation proved that the well is in fact a purpose built bathing pool constructed mainly of dressed sandstone with a flag stone floor. The well itself contains a millstone with a hole in the centre. It also discovered from the findings that the bathing place had been demolished some time at the beginning of the 19th century. So in essence we may have something here that was constructed as a "commercial enterprise" to have pilgrims give up some of their cash for a bath in waters that were claimed to be "holy".
Jesmond Community Orchard
Located in a corner of St Andrew's Cemetery in Jesmond is a delightful orchard which is maintained by the Jesmond Community Orchard.

From the JCO web site @

Jesmond Community Orchard provides opportunities for growing fruit for the benefit of the general community and fosters community spirit by encouraging local residents to become involved in planning, preparation, planting, cultivation and harvesting of local fruit. Through events and activities it builds up an interest in local food growing, and care for the environment.

As well as enhancing part of St Andrew’s Cemetery, which is within a Conservation Area, and has lost trees over the years, the group provide educational opportunities for local schools. West Jesmond Primary School and Northern Counties College both overlook the cemetery and are keen for pupils to get involved.

Jesmond Community Orchard is supported by local individuals and families who come to help with the work.

I took a look at the orchard yesterday, 12th May 2015 and was intrigued to see a fox sniffing about - of course as soon as it saw the human it was off like a shot.

Jesmond Dene
Jesmond Old Cemetery - Crypts
This set of photographs was taken during the 2002 Heritage Open Days when the Crypt at Jesmond Old Cemetery was opened to the public. The Crypt or Catacombs are beneath the Chapels at the main entrance to the Cemetery and are currently used by Tyne & Wear Archaeology Department for storage purposes. Indeed one of the members of that Department was the Guide on the day, so thanks to him. There are some 22 shelves within the Crypt, which enabled coffins to be stored prior to burial. This was not a Crypt for the final resting place of bodies. Indeed one theory is that bodies were secured within the Crypt for up to 10 days prior to burial, thus allowing decomposition to take place, this then put off any grave robbers from disinterring the bodies from their final resting place. There is also evidence that the Crypts may have been used as air raid shelters during World War 2.
Jesmond Old Cemetery - Vol 1
The cemeteries featured are Newcastle Central (known as Jesmond Old Cemetery) and All Saints. They can be found opposite each other on Jesmond Road in Newcastle. Not morbid curiosity, but a good way to reflect on Newcastle's history. There are some very interesting headstones to read in the cemetery, take a look some time. Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Jesmond Old Cemetery - Vol 2
Jesmond Parish Church
Under construction
Jingling Geordies Hole - Tynemouth
This series of photographs are of Jingling Geordies Hole at Tynemouth Castle and Priory. The caves have seen much human usage and it is part of mythology that at one time access could be had to the priory, indeed it is though to have been a means of escape for the Monks. There were however structures built within the cave complex, indeed the entrance way had a vaulted stone arch, and it has been claimed that two "apartments" were actually used as dungeons. Further "mythology" is that The Witch of Tynemouth lived in the caves at one stage, but some say it was a Wizard. Of course there are the usual tales of hidden treasure, fairies and smuggling connected to the caves, and who knows they may be right. As for the name, one theory is that the caves were used by a foreigner as a place of accommodation. This stranger was a loner and was considered to be a ghostly figure as when he prowled about he made a clanking or metallic sound. This was reported as being a jingling sound and as no one knew the strangers name he was called Geordie by the locals. It was the frightened local children who nicknamed him Jingling Geordie.
John Dixon's Pioneer Diploma
These photographs are of Bob Dixon's Grandfathers (John Dixon) Pioneer diploma. Given by Durham miner's for 50 years membership.
John Dobson Street
This street in the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne City Centre is named after the great Architect John Dobson,
Jolly Fellows Inn, Ryton
These photographs of the former Jolly Fellows Inn, Ryton taken 24th June 2018.

Now converted into 3 residences.

This may be the third pub on this site, the original being known as The Three Jolly Lads Inn. The current building dates from 1900 with modifications having been made in the 1950's.
Kellogs Round Britian Cycle Race - Newcastle
Photographs taken in 1987 of the leg of the race that ended and started in Newcastle - 35mm photographs
Killingworth Village stands some 7 miles East of Newcastle Upon Tyne. The photographs of Killingworth were originaly requested by Paul Ramsay, brought up in the village but now living in Surrey.
King Street - Number 25 - SABATINI RESTAURANT
This is number 25 King Street which leads onto Newcastle Quayside and is now the home to Sabatini Restaurant.

Built in 1875 by R.J. Johnson for the TYNE STEAM SHIPPING Company, it is so narrow (perhaps the most thinnest office block in Newcastle) as it was built on land that had been between PLUMMER CHARE and HORNSBY’S CHARE. I would imagine that this would have been built on land following the 1854 Quayside Fire.

There is reference to the building being named as SEAWAY HOUSE and housed amongst others in 1879, FOREIGN PASSPORT OFFICE and the NORTH OF ENGLAND STEAM SHIP OWNERS ASSOCIATION.

This is a Grade 2 Listed Building - 1987

Offices, now restaurant. Circa 1890. Sandstone ashlar; Welsh slate roof. 4 storeys and attic, 8 bays; Jacobethan style. Leaded casements in stone
mullioned-and-transomed cross windows. Paired pilasters flanking 2 bays at each end, those on ground floor Tuscan order with paterae; Ionic Order above; Corinthian on third floor, all with full-width entablatures with pulvinated friezes; egg-and-dart-moulding to ground-floor cornice, dentils to first and modillions to second. 2 dormers have similar windows in keyed arched recesses flanked by consoles and under segmental pediments. Parapet with pilasters; 2 segmetal-headed dormers. One-bay right return to Quayside has similar dormer with consoles giving shaped gable effect. Listing NGR: NZ2535163886
Kings College War Memorial, Heaton
This memorial is situated of the now Newcastle University Heaton sports facility at Cartington Terrace just off Chillingham Road.

Kings College did of course go on to be Newcastle University.

Photographed today, 3rd July 2017.

Kings Manor
Kings Manor Business Park,
Kingston Park
Home of the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union Team
Kirkhaugh - Holy Paraclete Church
This hidden gem can be located some 3 miles North of Alston. Dedicated in 1869 it replaced an earlier medieval Church. It is the only Church in England to bear the name of Paraclete. Evidently the Church has no pews only chairs and amongst its relics are a 16th century chalice and a Saxon Cross. Paraclete, Comforter (L. Consolator; Gr. parakletos), an appellation of the Holy Ghost. The Greek word which, as a designation of the Holy Ghost at least, occurs only in St. John (xiv, 16, 26; xv, 26; xvi, 7), has been variously translated "advocate", "intercessor", "teacher, "helper", "comforter
Knarsdale War Memorial
This is the memorial cross to the First and Second World Wars, located in the churchyard of St Jude's in Knarsdale.

The cross is 4 metres tall and has a sword and scabbard carved into it.

The sculptor was Beattie of Carlisle and it was raised by public subscription.

These images taken 24th July 2014:

Laing Art Gallery
The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne's premier public art gallery which is free to enter
Lake District
A set of phortographs a little out of my usual area but the home of ancestory.
Lambley, formerly known as Harper Town, is a village in Northumberland, England about 4 miles (6 km) southwest of Haltwhistle.The village lies adjacent to the River South Tyne. The place name Lambley refers to the "pasture of lambs"
Land South Of Data Centre 3 Cobalt Park Way Wallsend
16/01968/FUL | Erection of motor vehicle dealership, for the sale, service and MOT of motor vehicles (amended landscaping plan 09.03.17) | Land South Of Data Centre 3 Cobalt Park Way Wallsend Tyne And Wear
Langley Castle
Located on the south side of the River South Tyne and standing beside the Langley Burn is Langley castle, a Grade I Listed 13th century tower house which these days operates as a hotel. The name Langley is from the Old English for ‘long clearing’.

Originally owned by Sir Thomas de Lucy the building passed to the Earl of Northumberland (Percy family) following the death of Sir Thomas in 1343. Unfortunately Percy was involved with Bishop Richard le Scrope (1350-1405) in the Northern Rising against King Henry IV. The result of the revolt was that Scrope was executed by beheading, 8 June 1405, his last request being that he be dealt five blows in remembrance of the five wounds suffered by Christ at his crucifixion. During the uprising the army of the King attacked and destroyed Langley castle and it lay in ruins.

Four hundred and seventy years later the ruined building was purchased by local historian Cadwallader Bates who set about restoring the castle. With the assistance of his wife, Josephine, Bates worked on the restoration until his death in 1902. On his death Josephine took over the project and worked until her own death in 1933. Both are buried within the grounds of the castle.

In subsequent years the castle has been used as a barracks during World War Two, a girl’s school and finally a hotel.

A notable feature of the castle is the large number of toilets, known as garderobe, a total of twelve with four to each floor. It is unusual to have such a high number of garderobe, most typical castle’s having only one or two and it is thought that it may have been the intention to have a large garrison of troops housed.
Leazes House
Located to the southern end of North Terraced is the Grade II Listed Leazes House, also known as Transport House.

Dating from 1782 built as a house for the Matthew Harrison, owner of a snuff mill which used water power from the nearby Pandon Burn..

By 1847 the building formed part of the Leazes Brewery built by Christian Bruce Reid , later W.B. Reid & Co. and made Leazes House his home. The brewery operated up until 1968 when the site was taken over by Newcastle University.

Leazes Park
Leazes Park To the North West of Newcastle Upon Tyne City Centre this is a public park designed by John Laing and opened in 1872. In a rather run down state at the moment but plans have been made for general improvements.
Leazes Village
This album was started as the result of someone in UK.Local.Geordie raising the question as to where is there a bungalow in the Newcastle Upon Tyne City Centre. Well here it is in Leazes Village.
The initial photographs in this album were taken of Lemington Glass Works during the Heritage Opne Day, 16th September 2000. The photographs of the new Lemington Bridge were taken in December 2001 shortly after its opening. The bridge crosses the section that was the former river Tyne at The Gut. Lemington lies to the West of Newcastle Upon Tyne..
Les Forsters Annual Pilgrimage 2005
This was a night out in the Toon to celebrate Les's annual visit to the area. Attendee's being Les himself, Pat Pierpoint, John Gallon, Jeff Piper, Norman Patrick and myself. Pubs visited were the Newcastle Arms, Rosies, the Strawberry and Shearers Bar. A good night was had by all!
Les Fosters Last Annual Pilgrimage - 2006
This set of photographs were taken on Sunday 3rd September 2006 when Les had a stroll accompanied by myself, Norman Patrick, Michael Bell, Phil Thirkell and Marc Stuart
Lifeboat William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington
Courtesy of the News Guardian @

Tynemouth RNLI members to row in 106 year old lifeboat By Tegan Chapman 18th September 2015

RNLI crew members from Tynemouth and Yorkshire will row the river Tyne on Saturday in a 106-year-old lifeboat.

The former Whitby lifeboat William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington, will be rowed from Newburn to Tynemouth to fundraise in aid of the RNLI on Saturday, September 19. Yorkshire drinking buddies and fundraising enthusiasts, The Ales Angels, will row the 16 miles with help from volunteer RNLI crew members from from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station.

The historic lifeboat, which took part in the famous SS Rohilla rescue at Whitby in 1914, was last seen in the Tyne in 2008 when the Ales Angels and RNLI crew members hert from Tynemouth to Whitby, raising money for the different lifeboat stations on the way.

Pete Thomson, ex-Coxswain of Whitby RNLI Lifeboat, who was behind the 2005 restoration of the lifeboat will be helmsman through the row explained that fundraisers for the RNLI like this are the exact reason that the William Riley was restored.

Graham Chaddock one of the event organisers and Ales Angels member, said: “This year we decided that we could continue to raise funds for the RNLI by completing a number of events like this. I’d like to thank the Port of Tyne and NE1 Marina for their help in making the row possible.”

The row begins at Newburn Sailing Club at 9.30am and continues to Newcastle Quayside where the lifeboat is expected to arrive at the NE1 Marina at 10.45am. There will be some demonstrations of the lifeboat for spectators before setting off downriver again at noon, and expected arrival at Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station is at 3pm.

These images taken this morning, 19thy September 2015 as the former lifeboat arrived at Newcastle Quayside
Lifeboats The Tyne and Spirit of Northumberland
Ventured across to South Shields 9th January 2014 to see the spectacle of the historic lifeboat meeting up with its modern day successor.

This was part of the press release from the North East Maritime Trust (NEMT):

Following the completion of a five month renovation project, the world’s second oldest lifeboat, the 180 year old Tyne will be moved from the Trust workshops, in Wapping Street, South Shields, on the morning of Thursday 9th January, 2014, and subject to operational requirements, the Tynemouth lifeboat, Spirit of Northumberland will, on the high tide at 1000hrs, moor at the NEMT quay next to the Tyne.

“Bringing together for the first time, the world’s second oldest lifeboat and a modern day lifeboat provides a unique and historic photo opportunity that illustrates the advances in lifeboat design and development from the pioneering days of the world’s first purpose designed rowing lifeboats, that all began here in South Shields, to the modern and fast high tech lifeboats of today.

In just sitting in the Tyne, it struck everyone who participated in this project, of the bravery, courage and seamanship skills of the local Pilots who manned this small open boat in atrocious sea conditions, when going to the aid of those in distress at the mouth of the river. The renovation of the Tyne will ensure that not only will the exploits of her crews be remembered, but also that an important part of our local and national maritime heritage will have been be preserved.”

The Tyne will then be lifted over adjacent buildings and onto a low loader and into temporary storage, before being returned to her restored Victorian shelter in early March 2014.

The Tyne Lifeboat Institution was independent of the RNLI which established a station at Tynemouth in 1862, and which is now based at North Shields Fish Quay. The dedication and determination of the early rescue pioneers is still continued today by the crew at Tynemouth Lifeboat Station, with their 17m, 25 knot, Severn Class self-righting lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland. Completed for the station in October 1999, at a cost of £1.75 million, she has a crew of 7, a range of 250 nautical miles and can carry 124 survivors.

In addition to her twin engines, she is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability and carries a Y boat, an inflatable daughter boat used in moderate conditions to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach. Comprehensive electronics include VHF and MF radios, a VHF direction finder, and an electronic chart system and radar. Casualty care equipment includes stretchers, oxygen and entonox. Other equipment includes a portable salvage pump.

Funded by the Tynemouth Lifeboat Appeal, the name of the lifeboat, Spirit of Northumberland, was chosen by members of the Lifeboat Station, in recognition of the first lifeboat to be stationed at North Shields, the Northumberland, in 1798 Both the Northumberland and Tyne launching jointly to undertake many rescues together at the treacherous mouth of the river.
Lit & Phil
Northumbrian village of Longhorsley.
The Church of St Paul and St Peter was consecrated in Saxon times, the chancel arch and piers to the tower arch bear witness to be being erected during that period. The Norman Tower was built in 1080 and remained a defensive building until the 17th century. It is however smaller in height than it originally was owing to a fire in 1840 which caused it to be rebuilt in part. The Church was enlarged in the 12th century and restored in 1874 when the North Vestry was added. This restoration being carried out by Streatfield. One tale attached to the Church is that the Vicarage was rumoured to be a distribution centre for goods imported by smugglers based in nearby Boulmer Village. There are some interesting links with Tyneside at the Church: 1. There is a plaque in the Church to William Clarke esq. who was a native of Longhoughton but lived and possible died in Dockwray Square I North Shields. 2. John James Murray, an Engineer at the Works of Sir W G Armstrong & Co in Elswick, with the headstone being erected by the workmen who were under his supervision. Obviously someone who was well thought of!
Lord Armstrong
Lord Armstrong Monument
Monument to Lord Armstrong at Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, photographed on 22nd January 2012.

Unveiled on 24th July 1906 by the sculptor William Hamo Thornycroft and to a design by William Henry Knowles, paid for by public subscription.

The bronze figure stands at 2.5m high, the pedestal made from Heworth stone measures 3m high by 1.5m square.

The two relief panels that form part of the monument are of bronze and measure 80cm high and 1.8m wide. They feature a tug towing a ship passing through the Swing Bridge with the High Level Bridge in the background. Armstrong was responsible for the hydraulics used on the Swing Bridge and it was built to permit vessels to pass up to his works at Elswick. The other panel depicts scenes from the Elswick Works, featuring a 12 inch gun being lifted onto a battleship.

The memorial recognises the high esteem that Armstrong was held by the people of the area, a great inventor, industrialist and also a great benefactor.

The position in the grounds of the Museum of the Natural History (now Great North Museum – Hancock Museum) was chosen due to the links that Armstrong had with the Museum, having been a member since 1846 And President from 1893 till his death in 1900.

A Grade II Listed Building:

Description: Armstrong Memorial
Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 304385
OS Grid Reference: NZ2487965068
OS Grid Coordinates: 424879, 565068
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9796, -1.6128
Location: Great North Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RH
Locality: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Local Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne And Wear
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 7RH

14/284 Armstrong Memorial


Statue and screen walls and piers. 1905-6, signed by Hamo Thornycroft. Sand- stone steps, walls, piers and pedestal; bronze statue and low reliefs. 2 curved steps up to tall square pedestal and standing life-size figure of Lord Armstrong. Square piers with plinths and bracketed pilasters and cornices terminate screen walls which have low-relief panels: at left showing guns being lowered onto a ship, at right the Newcastle Swing Bridge.

Listing NGR: NZ2487965068
The site of Lordenshaws sits in the Northumberland National Park, in the Simonside Hills to the South of Rothbury. Featuring an Iron Age Hill Fort and Stone Age Rock Carvings.
Low Fell Jill
These photographs were taken at the Foxhunters Pub in Whtley Bay when Jill (ex of Low Fell and now Oregon USA) made a visit. She was accompnaied by her cousin John and his wife Frances. I look a little pie eyed but I only had one pint!
Low Friar Street
Lucker War Memorial, Northumberland
Lucker War Memorial, Northumberland, Grade II Listed, photographed 12th November 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Lucker War Memorial
Listing Date: 14 October 2016
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1438750
Location: Adderstone with Lucker, Northumberland, NE70
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Adderstone with Lucker
Traditional County: Northumberland

The memorial stands in the road junction opposite The Old Vicarage and the Old Vicarage’s Garden Walls, Gatepiers, and Gates (all Grade II-listed). The tall memorial, more than 5m tall and made in Doddington Sandstone, comprises an equal-armed cross rising from a gabled pillar. The pillar is square in section, with a blind arch to each side. The pillar stands on a three-stage base, which stands on a step.

The upper stage of the base, ornamented around the top with carved cusps of foliage, bears the principal dedicatory inscription with a phrase carved into each face.


The commemorated First World War names are incised into the faces of the middle stage, with at the foot of the east face the dates 1939 – 1945. Below this the three Second World War names are incised into the face of the lowest stage of the base. The First World War names are placed on the face that was closest to where each person lived.

Originally on a grassy triangle, the memorial now stands on a circular pavement and is enclosed by a spiked chain that hangs from low posts.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 9 February 2017.

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Lucker as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Newcastle on 13 November 1920. It commemorates 13 local servicemen who died in the First World War. The memorial was designed by Professor Hatton of Armstrong College, and carved by Edwin Smyth of Sunderland. Messrs Tully and Sons of Belford prepared the foundations and base. Following the Second World War the names of one nurse and two servicemen who died in that conflict were added.

Richard George Hatton (1864-1926), modeller, silversmith, enameller, painter and author, was born in Birmingham. He taught at the Birmingham Central School of the Municipal School of Art in the 1880s, moving to Newcastle-upon-Tyne by 1891. In 1899 he formed the Newcastle Handicrafts Company, later becoming professor at the King Edward VII School of Art, Armstrong College (University of Durham). The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, was founded in his honour in 1925. His other war memorial design was the commemorative stained glass window in St James’ Church, Shilbottle.

Edwin Smyth (active 1920-1957) was a sculptor and mason, born in Sunderland. He was apprenticed as a stone mason circa 1900 and studied at Sunderland School of Art. Messrs Tully and Sons of Belford, builders and masons, were also responsible for work on the war memorials at Lowick, Wooler and Belford (all Grade II-listed).

Reasons for Listing
Lucker War Memorial, which stands circa 30m to the SW of The Old Vicarage, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant memorial cross in the Gothic style;
* Group value: with The Old Vicarage and other adjacent heritage assets listed at Grade II.

Maelmin Heritage Trail
I made a visit to Milfield (in North Northumberland, just off the A697 trunk road) to see the Maelmin Heritage Trail. I had passed it many times on my journeys to and from Edinburgh but hadn't the time to break the journey to take a look. The Maelmin Heritage Trail is an open-air free access archaeological heritage site that tells the story of ancient Northumberland. The site was opened in 2000 and is maintained by the University of Newcastle, ARS Ltd, Milfield Country Store and volunteers. The main features of the Trail are the two full-size archaeological reconstructions. One is of the Milfield North henge monument which was built in the spring of 2000. The first portion of the henge was built by a team of volunteers living as Neolithic men and women and using only the tools that would have been available at the time. The second reconstruction on the site is that of the Mesolithic hut excavated in the summers of 2000 and 2002 at Howick on the Northumberland coast. There is a short walk with information along the way and a full-scale reproduction of a Stone-Age wooden henge, an exact copy of one of the many henges which stood in the landscape some 4300 years ago.
Malings Factory
The Maling family originated in France as the de St Malin family. Due to religious persecution the family escaped to England in the 16th century and settled in Filey. The original trade carried out by the malings in Filey was as merchants. They moved to Sunderland in 1762 and set up a pottery in the Hylton area. Some 50 years later the family moved the pottery to Ouseburn which is East of Newcastle Upon Tyne where it became the largest pottery in Britain. The pottery closed in 1963 The site is now occupied by Holts Removals and various other small business's. Further information can be sources from The Maling Collectors Society at:
Man with Potential Selves
This series of sculptures can be located at the bottom end of Grainger Street in Grainger Town. Man with Potential Selves is by Sean Henry 2003 Materials - Coloured Bronze Commissioned By - Grainger Town Partnership in co-operation with Sculpture at Goodwood. Sean Henry is one of the UK's leading figurative working today. The piece comprises three views of the same man. One stands, one walks and one apparently floats, horizontally, above the ground. Each figure is 2.5m tall. The work is one of a series of bronze works in the area along with "Cardinal Hume" , Stephenson's monument and "Queen Victoria" in front of the Cathedral.
Manors Railway Station
A shadow of its former self - these images taken 23rd June 2015
Map Scans
Various Scans of maps.
Maritime Museum
Market Street
Built circa 1834 and led to the new Grainger Markets, hence the name.
Marlborough Crescent
Master Mariners Asylum
This is the Master Mariners Asylum, now generally called the Master Mariners Home on Tynemouth Road in North Shields, photographs taken 17th May 2013.

A Grade II Listed building this is the listing text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Master Mariners' Homes

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 303377

OS Grid Reference: NZ3645969076
OS Grid Coordinates: 436459, 569076
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0149, -1.4314

Locality: North Tyneside
County: North Tyneside
Country: England
Postcode: NE30 5YR

NZ 36 NE
Master Mariners' Homes
Almshouses, now 18 old people's homes. 1837, by J. and B. Green for Tyne Mariners' Benevolent Institution; land given by Duke of Northumberland; restored 1973.

Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings and plinth; Welsh slate roof; lead tower roof.

Jacobean style, E-plan with central tower, symmetrical.

2 storeys, 2 groups of 3 bays each, the other groups breaking forward under paired gables.

Open-arched ground floor in central projecting bay with 3-storey tower; first floor niche containing commemorative inscription and arms of Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne, under elaborate dripmould; clock stage above has corbel table and cornice; ogee-hipped roof with square bellcote and vane.

Inserted C.20 doors in central bays of wings; centres of groups flanking tower have inserted casements in blocked doorways. Each central bay projects slightly under shaped gable and is flanked by first-floor corbelled oriels under smaller shaped gables. Casement windows, 3-light on ground floor and 2- light above. High-sloped gable copings, with spear finials and moulded kneelers to principal gables. Conjoined octagonal chimneys at apex of gables to street, ridge chimneys on double span roof.

Listing NGR: NZ3645969076

Pesvner makes mention that the statue of the Duke of Northumberland is by C. Tate and completed by R. G. Davies following the death of Tate.

This from the Trinity House web site @

The Tyne Mariners Benevolent Institution: (Registered in England & Wales as charity no.229236). In the early 1800s, Master Mariners were generally not well provided for in their old age. In 1829, a number of Tyneside Masters set up a Friendly Society to provide pensions when they reached the age of 60 or were incapacitated. Soon the Society decided to build a home at North Shields for elderly Master Mariners and their wives. The 3rd Duke of Northumberland gave the land, the foundation stone was laid in 1837 and the building completed in 1840. At first called the Master Mariners Asylum, it is known now by the less intimidating name of the Mariners Homes.In 1902, the Society amalgamated with the Tyne Mariners Institute, a pension providing charity, together forming the present Tyne Mariners Benevolent Institution. Since that time, the Homes have provided accommodation in 30 flats for retired and needy seafarers and their wives. Few residents today are Master Mariners, but nearly all have been seafarers or have connections with the sea. To be considered as a potential resident, applicants must be aged 55 or over (or incapable of working), have been living in the Tyneside area for three years, be in housing need and have a minimum of five years sea service, or be the widow of such a person. An initial period of assessment will determine suitability as a resident, for the Homes have a good community spirit. To be eligible for a monthly pension, applicants must have attained the age of 55 years, or be incapable of working, have served at least five years at sea, be in financial need and have been living in the Tyneside for three years . In exceptional cases, pensions will be considered for those resident outside the immediate Tyneside area or who do not meet other necessary qualifications, provided they are deemed worthy of help from the Institution.
Matfen - Black Bull
Called in at The Black Bull for Sunday lunch yesterday, 3rd December 2017, first time there.

Quite small inside, look larger from the outside. Real fires which given it was a cold day were welcomed.

Good range of beers and a very well presented and tasty lunch of roast pork fore me and beef fore the missus. Al dente vegetables, which to be honest isn't my first pick as I like them cooked in the 'old fashioned way', like the way my Mother cooked them, but non the less enjoyable. Pork was well cooked and what I call 'proper gravy'.

Pleasant staff, good service, good pint of beer, good food, what more can you ask for on a Sunday afternoon.
Matfen - Blackett House and Temperance Cottage
Blackett House and Temperance Cottage, Matfen, photographed 3rd December 2017.

Grade II Listed, the listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Blackett House and Temperance Cottage
Listing Date: 22 August 1986
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1303470
English Heritage Legacy ID: 238660
Location: Matfen, Northumberland, NE20
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Matfen

MATFEN Blackett House and Temperance Cottage (Formerly listed as Temperance Hotel and Temperance Cottage)
NZ 07 SW

House and cottage. Formerly an inn and later a temperance hotel.

Ashlar with Welsh slate roof. House 2 storeys, 4 windows, with lower 1-bay cottage attached to right. House has 2-bay section to left and slightly projecting cross-gabled section to right. Panelled door with 5-pane overlight in stone porch with Gothic bargeboards, in re-entrant angle. 16-pane sashes above and to left. Projecting section has canted bay window with stone mullions and pent roof; two 2-light windows above. In the gable a large painted crest of the Blackett family.

Cottage has C20 door with triple keystone. 2-light window on ground floor and gabled half-dormer above. Gabled roof. Flat coping on left, ridged coping with kneelers elsewhere. End stacks, plain on left, corniced on right.

Listing NGR: NZ0305871892
Matfen - Holy Trinity Church
Matfen Drinking Fountain
The Grade II Listed Matfen Drinking Fountain photographed 3rd December 2017.

Listing text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Drinking Fountain 20 Yards North East of Post Office
Listing Date: 22 August 1986
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1042784
English Heritage Legacy ID: 238668
Location: Matfen, Northumberland, NE20
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Matfen

MATFEN Drinking fountain approx 20 yards north east of Post Office
NZ 07 SW

Drinking fountain. 1886. "Erected by the Tenants, Employees and Tradesmen in the Matfen and West Water Estates as a mark of their sincere respect and esteem for Sir Edward Blackett."

Ashlar. Set on a square base with 3 steps on the north side. A substantial column c.7 ft. high. Square with moulded top edge to the base; tapering square shaft and boldlycornicedtop. Round water bowl projects on north side with inscription above.

Listing NGR: NZ0303871826
Matfen Standing Stone - The Stob Stone
These photographs of the Grade II Listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) taken 3rd December 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: The Stob Stone
Listing Date: 28 April 1969
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1155462
English Heritage Legacy ID: 238687
Location: Matfen, Northumberland, NE20
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Matfen

NZ 07 SW

Standing stone. Prehistoric sandstone monolith c.7 ft. high forming group with farm house. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: NZ0333070450

This isn't thought to have been the original location for the standing stone, more a case of a local farmer having relocated at some time.

Not immediately noticeable but the stone contains numerous prehistoric cup marks.
Matfen War Memorial
This is the Grade II Listed Matfen War Memorial, photographed 3rd December 2017.

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Matfen War Memorial
Listing Date: 17 October 2016
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1438933
Location: Matfen, Northumberland, NE20
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Matfen

Summary - First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description - The memorial stands at the east end of the village green in an enclosed area, in close proximity to a number of Grade II-listed buildings, including the C19 drinking fountain and the Church of the Holy Trinity. It takes the form of a tall Celtic cross. The front face of the wheel-head is ornamented with interlace patterns carved in relief and a central hemispherical boss. The tapering cross shaft rises from a small pedestal, rectangular on plan, that stands on a three-stepped base.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pedestal reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (4 NAMES). The remaining names are inscribed on the two side faces of the pedestal.

To the rear, the Second World War dedication reads: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS./ 1939 – 1945./ (3 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 9 February 2017.

History - The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Matfen as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial cross was unveiled on 1 May 1920 by Lt-Col Sir Percy Wilkinson and dedicated by the vicar, Reverend H Doudney. Made by William Cresswell of Hexham, the memorial commemorates 22 local servicemen who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War a further three names of men who died in that conflict were added.

William Creswell of Hexham, stone mason, was also responsible for the freestanding war memorial at Hexham (Grade II-listed), and for war memorials in the village hall, Langley-on-Tyne, and in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Hexham.

Reasons for Listing - Matfen War Memorial, which stands on the village green, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;

* Architectural interest: an elegant cross decorated with carved interlace patterns, in the Celtic style;

* Groups value: with numerous Grade II-listed buildings around the village green.

McNulty Offshore
McNulty Offshore - South Shields
Mean Eyed Cat - St Thomas Street
Newly opened Micro Pub - photographs 9th March 2018.
Melbourne Street
A collection of scanned old documents and memorabilia that have some bearing on North East history.
Memorial to the Loss of the Gaul
This was a memorial service, held at The Bullnose, Hull on 8th February to recognise the 40th anniversary of the loss of the fishing vessel Gaul.
Memorial to the Spanish War
This memorial plaque is located at Newcastle's Civic Centre and is in respect of the North East England fallen which names the fallen, as the plaque confirms, all are buried in unmarked graves in Spain.
Various images taken on and around the Metro System.
General views of Tyneside's premier shopping mall - geographically it is situated in the Borough of Gateshead
Milburn House
Milburn House a Grade 2 Listed Building covers a very large footprint from DEAN STREET to SIDE .to AMEN CORNER and when built in 1905 was the largest office building in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Built for J.D. Milburn a Shipping Owner. Indeed the building was originally a home to many of Newcastle’s firms with a Maritime link.

Listing NGR: NZ2507063996

Office block. Dated 1905 on plaques; begun 1902. By Oliver, Leeson and Wood.

Dark red granite basement and entrances; rusticated sandstone ashlar ground floor; brick with ashlar dressings above. Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings.

Triangular plan with 3 light wells. Free Baroque style. Left basement; 5 storeys and attics; 13 bays. Tower-like first bay, of plain brick with ashlar bands, has full-height pilaster and banded gable chimney. Basement dies into slope at 8th (entrance) bay containing double door and fanlight in hollow-chamfered arched reveal in Ionic doorcase. Similar arches in 4th and 12th bays contain round- headed windows; sash windows in other bays. Ground-floor cornice, bracketed over arches to support 3-storey stone-mullioned-and-transomed canted oriels; intermediate windows have keyed elliptical brick arches on first and second floors, flat stone lintels in band on third; all sashes with projecting stone sills and upper glazing bars.

Third-floor cornice. Fourth (attic) storey has stilted Diocletian windows, with drip moulds, above canted bays; and elliptical-headed windows elsewhere.

Top cornice; console bracketed high gables: above the canted bays, contain stone- mullioned and-transomed windows in aedicules. High-pitched roof has paired sashes in dormers. Rounded corner section at left: 5 bays under turret.

Rear to The Side of 20 wide bays, stepping up a steep slope, with varying numbers of floors and 4 entrances ; the highest bay has large top sundial; that next to it contains niche with bust of Admiral Collingwood and inscription commemorating his birth in 1748 in a house on that site.

Interior has much high quality wood and bevelled glass; circular balustrade to principal lift well with heraldic glass, by Laidler of Newcastle, facing light well. Low-relief panels,in Arts and Crafts painted-leather style, in Dean Street entrance hall; much original detail and Art Nouveau tiling, the latter overpainted.

Tile work in the public areas are by H & R Johnson and were restored in 1990-1991.
MITFORD is a small village which stands to the West of Morpeth, Northumberland at the joining of the rivers Font and Wansbeck. Notable features are a Mid 12th century Church and Castle. The Castle is notable for having the only five sided Keep in England
Newcastle's new pedal power solution.
This is a small village which at one time stood as a separate entity to Whitley Bay. It is now more or less merged with Whitley Bay..
Monkseaton Morrismen
Photographs of the Monkseaton Morrismen at their annual New Year's Day display at The Ship Hotel - 1st January 2002.
Monument Station - Famous Faces
Monument Metro Station - Blackett Street entrance.

Installed in 1996 and by Bob Olley.

The mural depicts celebrities from the North East

‘Famous Faces’ includes the portraits of fourteen of the area’s most charismatic figures looking out of the carriage windows of a Metro train. In order to convey the breadth of achievement spanning across the region, celebrities are depicted from a multitude of backgrounds, encompassing sport, entertainment, broadcasting, literature, music, acting and the church.
Monuments and Sculptures Vol 1
Monuments and Sculptures Vol 2
The Northumberland Market Town of Morpeth.
Mosley Street
Mosley Street was the first example of deliberate town planning by the Corporation. David Stephenson was asked to draw up a plan to open up the old town around the Quayside with the newer markets being established in the area north of St. Nicholas, and to improve cross communication between Pilgrim Street and these markets. Street named after Alderman Mosley, who met a considerable part of the costs.

Stephenson built the original Mosley Street in 1784, linking Pilgrim Street with the new markets, and Dean Street in 1789, to link Sandhill with Mosley Street and the markets.

David Stephenson was one of the creators of modern Newcastle and foreshadowed the Victorian redevelopments of Grainger.

Nos 32/34 Mosley Street are original David Stephenson: remainder of street – Victorian and Edwardian office development.

1818 – first street in town to be lit by gas.
1881 – first street in the country to be lit by Swan’s incandescent electric light bulbs.

Sir Joseph Wilson bulb, inventor of the incandescent filament electric light bulb, had his shop at No. 15 Mosley Street. His partner was John Mawson (see Cloth Market – White Hart Yard). Mawson and Swan was the first shop in Newcastle to be lit by electric light.
Mosley Street,21- Edinburgh Life Assurance Company
Well the tale is that when Edinburgh Life House at 21 Mosley Street was built, the owners wanted a more 'higher class address', so an entrance was also constructed in Grey Street so that this could be given as the postal address.
The building was built for The Edinburgh Life Assurance Company which was founded in 1823. In December 1918, the company was acquired by the Commercial Union Assurance Company and, on May 3 1919, changed its name to the Edinburgh Assurance Company. In August 1975, the name changed again to Commercial Union Assurance of United Kingdom Ltd and, in August 1980, changed once more to Commercial Union Pensions Management Ltd. On March 14 2000, the name changed back to the Edinburgh Assurance Company. The company went into liquidation on October 26 2006.

Building Name: 21
Postcode: NE1 1YE

LBS Number: 304711
Grade: II
Date Listed: 30/03/1987
NGR: NZ2504664122

21/388 No. 21.

Offices, now restaurant. 1906 by Fred T. Walker for The Edinburgh Life Assurance Co.

Red granite ground floor; ashlar above; roof not visible.

Classical framework with diverse details. 5 storeys and attic; 3 bays, the central wider and with tripartite windows. Banded ground and first floors, the former having 2 large openings, segmental and round-arched, and a round-headed doorway with weighty bracketed hood. Coved ground-floor cornice. Wide band above first floor serves as base for Corinthian Order through second and third floors, with 4 engaged columns. Quasi-classical window treatment with pediments on second floor. Deep modillioned cornice. Top storey has deeply-recessed windows and is surmounted by a central attic in the form of an Egyptian temple with flanking balustrades.
Rear left entrance in No. 10 Grey Street (q.v.).
Moss Tree - Newcastle Barras Bridge
An effort to filter out particulates - photographs 16th April 2018.
Mr Defiance
This is a photograph of a typical smoker - obviously cannot read . - it's my old mate Norman Patrick on the stage at The Tyneside Opera House
Museum of Antiquities
This is a free entry museum at Newcastle University. It contains mainly Roman artifacts and is well worth a visit The Museums own web site is at:
Mystery Coin
I wonder if anyone can help with this query? I have been fortunate to recently obtain a coin which commemorates the Coronation Celebration of the wedding of King Edward the 7th to Queen Alexandra, 26th June 1902. The coin is bronze and on one side features a raised profile of both the King and Queen. On the other side is the Newcastle Upon Tyne Coat of Arms, with the date of the wedding, the name of Henry W Newton (Mayor) and the legend "Coronation Celebration Newcastle Upon Tyne". I wonder if anyone knows the circumstances upon which the coins were issued?
Mystery House Gateshead
This house stand on the Gateshead end of the Swing Bridge, on the Gateshead Quayside between the Tyne and Swing Bridges.

I'm trying to find out a little more about the original of the house, i.e. why it was built and for whom - any information leave a message on the Gurst Book or email me on

This information has surfaced:

The address is 10A and 10B Bridge Street, Gateshead, NE8 2BH

In 2007 it was still the property of Gateshead Council.

An Archaeological Assessment carried out by Alan Williams Archaeology makes reference to the house as being 'modern' and at one stage standing next to a Pub in the 1940's, with the Pub having gone by 1970.
Mystery Medal
Can anyone help with the identification of this medal dating from 1926? Solved by Alan : Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn, Silver Jewel for 6 Months attendance.
Mystery Photograph
Various Photographs which require an explanation.
Born 15th March 2006 - this is our male Siberian Husky called Nao.

Our lovely boy passed away on Monday 6th February 2017, sadly missed but gave us so much pleasure and companionship.
NDFHS - Bolbec Hall
Northumberland and Durham Family History Society. An organisation founded in 1975. dedicated to helping its members, from beginners to experienced researchers alike, to learn more about their ancestors, with special emphasis on the Northumberland and Durham areas. Visit their site at
Ned Corvan Plaque
This black plaque on the Central Station was unveiled today, 9th May 2017 commemorating Ned Corvan.
Nelson Street - Newcastle
Not surprisingly, named after Admiral Lord Nelson. Interesting 19th century fascades, including the Cordwainers Hall (1838), the Former Dispensary (1938) and Gaiety Theatre (Music Hall) of 1838. Nelson Street forms one side of the Grainger Market and has junctions with Clayton Street and Grainger Street. It also borders the Eldon Square Shopping Centre.
Neptune Ship Yard
The Neptune Yard being demolished - as taken 19 July 2006. Another famous Ship yard being lost forever and no doubt the land used to build houses. Founded in 1860 by John Wigham Richardson, later to become part of Swan Hunters and finally owned by A&P.
Neville Street
Neville Street in Newcastle runs past The Central Railway Station. The street was built in 1835 to provide commincation between Collingwood Street and Scotswood Raod. The street takes its name from the Neville Tower (part of the City Walls) which stood in the area. That Tower had been named after the Neville Family of Raby Castle, Durham fame.
New Bridge Street
Views of New Bridge Street, including IKON (previously The Oxford where I met my now wife Joan. Also featured is The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne's premier public art gallery which is free to enter
New Hartley
New Year 2000
New Years Eve Celebrations in Newcastle Upon Tyne 2000. This involved a procession of the German Theatre Group - Titanik, this was from the Tyne Bridge to the Haymarket. A true spectacular!
New Year Celebrations 2002
These celebrations took place on Tuesday, 31st December 2002 and included various Street Entertainments and a Fire Work Display on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides - a freezing cold but dry day. The Firework photographs were taken from The High Level Bridge.
New Year's Fireworks - 2001
Selection of photographs taken at the Newcastle & Gateshead Quayside New Years Eve celebrations.
New Years Celebrations 2014
Weather was good for a change.
New Years Dip - Whitley Bay
The Annual New Years day dip in the North Sea by members of the Panama Swimming Club - these photographs taken 1st January 2002. This tradition has been in existence for some 50 years and one of the participants has swum on each of those occasions. These photographs are a memorial to these hardy souls!
New York
The village of New York is in the Borough of North Tyneside and is approxiamtely 3 miles from Whitley Bay.
Newbiggin by the Sea
The small Northumberland Village of Newbiggin by the Sea with its Church of St Bartholomew with its 13th Century origins. The Church stands on a headland overlooking the North Sea and has an unusual feature in as much as the graveyard is tree-less.
Newburn - Vol 1
This page shows photographs of the ancient village of Newburn which stands on the river Tyne some 8 miles West of the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne. According to Ian Robinson's fine publication 'From Abberwick to Yetlington - the Place Names of North East England': The name of Newburn means - Olde English for 'New Fort or Castle'.
Newburn - Vol 2
Newcastle - Skyline Views
With the imminent demise of the Gateshead Multi Story Car Park (of Get Carter Film Fame), I thought it best to get some shots of Newcastle Upon Tyne's skyline.
Newcastle Airport
Various views of the Newcastle International Airport as it gets bigger and bigger. Oddly enough, the airport isn't even within the boundaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne, instead being part of the Borough of Morpeth
Newcastle at Night
Some photographs of Newcastle Upon Tyne by night - really an experiment with my digital camera..
Newcastle Boundary Markers
Dotted around Newcastle Upon Tyne are a series of Boundary Markers, featuring the famous three turrets from the City insignia. The majority of the Boundary Stones were erected in the 18th Century to define the Town Moor, Nuns Moor and Castle Leazes. Many thanks to Phil Thirkell and Brian Pears amongst others for information provided. Special thanks to Phil for the additional photographs and for bringing attention to the stones - something I hadn't realised existed!. If anyone knows of any other Boundary Stones please get in touch with me by e-mail.
Newcastle Breweries
These photographs were taken in January 2006 after the brewery had closed down in Newcastle. The photographs of the former St Cuthberts Roman Catholic Grammar School were an added bonus and evidently: "St Cuthbert's Grammar School was first opened in numbers 62 and 64 Westmoreland Road in 1881. Seventeen months later, in January 1883, it was transferred to a new building in Bath Lane, near Rutherford College and from there in September 1922 to its present premises at Benwell Hill".
Newcastle Bridges - Vol 1
Various photographs taken over the years of the bridges which cross the Tyne at Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The sight of the Tyne Bridge to many a Geordie returning home is well know to bring a lump to that persons throat, mine included
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle Business Park runs along the side of the river Tyne, Westwards from Newcastle City Centre. It follows the line of Scotswood Road and much of it is built on the former Armstrong Elswick Works. Very nice walkways alongside the river together with some striking sculptures.
Newcastle City Guides 2013 Season Launch
The Newcastle City Guides launched their 2013 City Tours booklet at Newcastle City Library, 23rd March 2013. I the presence of the Sheriff of Newcastle, Councillor Margaret Wood and The Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Malcolm Brain.
Newcastle Pubs - Vol 1
Newcastle Pubs - Vol 2
Newcastle Pubs - Vol 3
More photographs of Newcastle's Pubs
Newcastle Pubs - Vol 4
Newcastle Reflections
This set of photographs reflects the area around Grey's Monumnet in the glass windows of the Eldon Square Shopping Centre - the large building is Emmerson Chambers on Blackett Street.
Newcastle Street Decorations - Christmas 2013
Photographs taken on 25th November 2013 - all hand held
Newcastle Street Decorations - Christmas 2014
Newcastle's street decorations photographed 31st December 2014
Newcastle United
This album contains photographs taken at St James's Park from the 1970's - taken by my late Father Harry Ellwood they show some old faces from the team of the past and other figures of note!
Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne - Newcastle University, some general photographs taken of the grounds and surroundings
Newcastle West Road Crematorium and Ceme
Newcastle's West Road Crematorium was the first to be opened in the North East - 1934. The Cemetery and Crematorium was officially opened on the 22nd October 1934 by Alderman John Moore under the Auspices of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor John Leadbitter, J.P. The Crematorium has 2 chapels, joined together by an arcaded cloister, known as the Loggia. The original Garden of remembrance is immediately behind the cloisters and is approached through the archway of the Central clock tower.
Newgate House
The demolition of Newgate House including The Mayfair
Newgate Street
Home of the Co-op and formerly The Mayfair Ballroom amongst other things..
Norris House, Crawhall Road
Proposal for demolition of this building and replacement with 138 residential apartments
North Blyth
As the namesuggests, the Village of North Blyth is situated over the River Blyth from the Town of Blyth.
North East Maritime Trust - April 2012 Open Day
This set of photographs taken at the April Open Day of the North East Maritime Trust – 21st April 2012 at their South Shields Workshops.

Some of the boats seen were:

Henry Frederick Swan : This is the former Tynemouth Lifeboat, built in 1917 and on station from 1918 until 1939. She returned to the Tynemouth Station in 1941 when the stations boat was destroyed in a Luftwaffe bombing. She stayed at Tynemouth until 1947 and she was withdrawn in 1947.

Following her retirement from the RNLI she was given to the Sea Scouts and eventually was purchased by Wearmouth School and renamed Wearsider.

Sandra Marie is the former Rodney Alwyn, built in Amble in 1957.

Mary Young built in Amble during the 1970’s and named as Acclaim.

Wren – Sailing boat

Favourite - BK11 : "Boat to be a floating museum - Apr 3 2007 By The Evening Chronicle

An old fishing boat will live on as a floating museum after reaching the end of her working life.

Enthusiasts saved the 13-tonne seine netter Favourite from the scrapheap after she ceased fishing in February and is now berthed on the Tyne at St Peter's Basin where repair work is being carried out before she starts to visit various maritime festivals.

She belongs to the Northumberland Fishing Heritage Trust set up by marine enthusiasts Chris Malkin, Peter Weightmann, Ted Smith and Gordon Brown. Mr Malkin said: "She was built by South Shields boatbuilder Fred Crowell in 1947 and worked for more than 20 years from Seahouses and 30 years from St Abbs. There aren't many boats like this around at all now."

Sovereign – BK29 : Built by Noble & Co, Fraserburgh (Scotland). And up until recent years was fishing out of North Shields on a commercial basis under the registration umber HL165

Length Overall:13.20 metres (43.27 feet)
Gross Tonnage:16.27
Net Tonnage:16.27
Depth Hold:1.9 metres (6.23 feet)
Maximum Breadth:4.5 metres (14.75 feet)

Rachel Douglas - BK231 : The Rachel Douglas purchased 3 years ago by Ted Smith, Peter Weightman & Gordon Brown and has been brought back to original condition as was in year of build - 1947.She was refurbished at Fred Crowells Boatyard at South Shields.

Overall length: 11.67 metres
Tonnage: 14.12

The North East Maritime Trust has further information on these vessels on their web site @
North Shields - St Peters
St Peters Church, also known as The Sailors Church stood at the junction of Borough Bank and Liddle Street. It opened in 1864, closed in 1929 and was demolished in 1936. As can be seen from the photographs some of the walls and an arched doorway survive to this day.
North Shields - Stanley Street
A set of photogfraphs for Karen who has a genealogical interest in The Stanley Pub and West Stanley Street.
North Shields - Vol 1
Various photographs of North Shields which stands near to the mouth of the River Tyne some 10 miles from Newcastle
North Shields - Vol 2
Views of North Shields
North Shields - Vol 3
Further photographs of various views taken in North Shields - Including some of the Stairs and Banks along the river front.
North Shields Fish Market - 8th October 2013
Early morning market - North Shields, 8th October 2013
North Shields Fishquay Buskers Festival 2012
Photographs taken of the Buskers as they preformed on the 7th and 9th April 2012.
North Shields Metro Station Art
These images of art at North Shields Metro Station taken 23rd March 2014.

Entitled Wave, the sculptor is Richard Brederick for Northern Freeform.

Unveiled 24th April 1998, made from polished steel, 2.7m high, 3m long and 1.7m wide.

Commissioned by North Tyneside Council as part of the redevelopment at the area in front of North Shields Metro Station.

The steel plaques in the pavement are contemporary to the sculpture and were designed by the children of Ashleigh School.
North Street
North Street runs off Saville Row and is parallel to John Dobson Street
Northumberland Fusilier Battalions - Memorial Benches
The Northumberland Fusilier Battalions Memorial Benches on both sides of the Tyne were dedicated in a service this morning, 19th September 2015.

The benches in memory of the men of the Northumberland Fusilier Battalions, 16th,18th, 19th and the Quayside Company of the 9th Bn. are located at Guildhall, Newcastle and outside of St Mary's Gateshead. The dedication service was conducted by The Revd Cannon of St Andrews, Glyn Evans.
Northumberland Park - Shiremoor
Northumberland Road
Northumberland Street
The premiere shopping street in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northumbria List - Meeting 10/08/2001
The was a meeting of kindred spirits in Newcastle on the 10th August 2001.
Northumbria List Meeting - 09/08/02
This was another meeting held to clebrate Les Fosters annual visit to the area! - present were Les himself, Fee, Pat, John, Jeff, Norman and Steve. The venue for the photographs was The Union Rooms in Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Northumbria List Meeting - 20th May 2002
This was a Social Evening held to meet Susan Reid on of the List's Subscribers, now living in the USA. As you can see from the photographs, Fee, Jeff, John, Norman and myself attended and a good night was had by all!
Northumbria List Meeting - 21st Feb 2002
A meeting held on 21st February 2002 to celebrate a visit to Newcastle by Dr Betty Holmes. The meeting took place in The Union Rooms, Westgate Road and a good evening was had by all. In attendance were, Betty Holmes, Fee Mitford, Norman Patrick, Peter Berminson, Jeff Piper, John Gallon, Joan and Steve Ellwood.
Northumbria List Meeting - 27/10/02
This was a very select meeting with Joy and Ricky Reid, Norman Patrick and Joan and Steve Ellwood. Joy and Ricky were visiting the area from New Zealand - they are however Ex-Pat Geordies, although to hear their accents, you wouldn't think that they have been away for some 30 odd years.
Northumbria Police Marine Unit
The newly acquired Northumbria Police Marine Unit's Gemini craft on the River Tyne this morning, 26th October 2018.
Northumbria University
Newcastle's 2nd University
Northumbria University Library Building
2016/1820/01/DET | Extension and recladding of library building, new external access ramp and associated hard and soft landscaping, as amended by plans received 7and 9th February 2017. | Northumbria University Library Building Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
NUFC Mural - Northumberland Place
This mural painted on the Northumberland Place elevation of the Scotts shop by Marcus Reed, photographed yesterday, 4th December 2017. Commissioned by thew shop as a 'talking point'.
Nun Street
Old Adverts
A series of scans of old adverts - mainly from Trade Directories.
Old Bewick - Holy Trinity
This is the Norman Holy Trinity Church in Old Bewick, thought to date from at least 1107. The land for the Church was given to Tynemouth Priory by Queen Maude as part of the Old Berwick Estate in memory of her father who was killed at nearby Alnwick and buried at Tynemouth Priory. The effigy is said to have been to have been defaced by General Lesley's troops in 1640, the effigy itself dates from the 14th century. The Church was restored in 1867 having become a ruin by that date.
Old Postcards
This group of postcards was kindly provided by Al Shipley.
Old Sketches
On High 2001
A series of photographs taken from the roof of Tyne Bridge Tower, Gateshead, during the Heritage Open Days on 2001. Views of the building that is being carried out to create the Gateshead Music Centre and also a different angle of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Additionally some shots of the redevelopment of Bottle Bank in Gateshead.
Ouseburn - Victoria Tunnel - Vol 1
The Victoria Tunnel was built to transport coal from Spital Tongues Colliery to staithes on the Tyne for loading into ships.

The colliery was opened in 1835 and plans to build a waggonway across the Town Moor and through Jesmond to the river were turned down by Newcastle Corporation.

A new plan was devised which involved building a tunnel that was started on 27th June 1839 and completed in January 1842. It was formally opened on 7 April 1842.

The two-mile tunnel was driven through clay and was constructed with a brick arched roof and a stone lower sidewall. The tunnelling was directed by a former Yorkshire miner called John Cherry and the brick and stonework was by a local builder David Nixon of Prudhoe Street, Newcastle. Its height varied from about 6ft to 7ft 8ins and is 6ft 3ins wide.

Ouseburn - Victoria Tunnel - Vol 2
The Victoria Tunnel was built to transport coal from Spital Tongues Colliery to staithes on the Tyne for loading into ships.

The colliery was opened in 1835 and plans to build a waggonway across the Town Moor and through Jesmond to the river were turned down by Newcastle Corporation.

A new plan was devised which involved building a tunnel that was started on 27th June 1839 and completed in January 1842. It was formally opened on 7 April 1842.

The two-mile tunnel was driven through clay and was constructed with a brick arched roof and a stone lower sidewall. The tunnelling was directed by a former Yorkshire miner called John Cherry and the brick and stonework was by a local builder David Nixon of Prudhoe Street, Newcastle. Its height varied from about 6ft to 7ft 8ins and is 6ft 3ins wide.

Ouseburn - Victoria Tunnel Vol 3
This was a visit to the Claremont Road section of the Victoria Tunnel on 22nd January 2012 - accessing via the newly installed doorway at Hancock Museum.

A real shame to see the vandalism that has taken place recently with graffiti being painted on this Grade II Listed Building.
Ouseburn - Vol1
Photographs of this often forgotten part of Newcastle Upon Tyne which holds some very interesting history.
Ouseburn - Vol2
Ouseburn - Vol3
Ouseburn Valley gto the East of Newcastle upon Tyne
A small Northumbrian village lying between Corbridge and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Oystershell Lane
This is Oystershell Lane that runs off Corporation Street and is part of the Scottish & Newcastle Breweries site, leading to St Mary's Training & Enterprise Centre. I'm unsure as to whether this is the course of the original Oystershell Lane but assume that it is. The original Oystershell Lane was famous for Oystershell Hall, which whilst simply a house, it's owner had covered the outside with oyster shells. The effect of the oyster shells was that in the sun they gave off a blaze of brilliant colours. Newcastle gardener, Mr Moat, owned the house and as you can see from the photographs nothing of the original buildings survive.
Paddy Freemans
This public park lies in the High Heaton area of Newcastle Upon Tyne and rests at the top of the Jesmond Dene Valley. The Paddy Freeman Park, Nearby Freeman Hospital and Freeman Road take their names from Patrick Freeman who used to farm the nearby land. Patrick Freeman eventually sold his land to Lord Armstrong (the creator of Jesmond Dene) and moved to Cambois Farm near Blyth. This Patrick Freeman died in 1894 and lies in the family grave in Jesmond Old Cemetery. His Son, also named Patrick Freeman died in 1888 at The Lookout Farm near Seaton Sluice and is also buried in the Jesmond grave
Paris 2005
These photographs were taken during our weekend visit to Paris in January 2005.
Park Terrace and Kensington Terrace
These two terraces are owned by Newcastle University and unfortunately it is planned to demolish Park Terrace and replace it with student accommodation. With Kensington Terrace being retained and converted into student accommodation.

This is the Planning Application made to Newcastle City Council:

2011/0457/01/DET | Erection of 5 storey student accommodation building (199 bed) following demolition of 1-7 Park Terrace, conversion of 1-10 Kensington Terrace from university accommodation to student accommodation (103 bed) and erection of 4 storey student accommodation building (44 bed) to the rear of 1-10 Kensington Terrace, improvement work to Drummond Square and associated hard and soft landscaping and infrastructure works | 1 - 7 Park Terrace, 1 - 10 Kensington Terrace And Land To Rear Newcastle upon Tyne

Partial Eclipse - 20 March 2015
As seen from Whitley Bay - 09.35, 20th March 2015
Pauperhaugh is a hamlet sitting beside the River Coquet, on thew B6344, close to Brinkburn Abbey and Weldon Bridge.
Penny Raffle House
This house was built as a raffle prize in trhe 1920's. The cost of a raffle ticket being one penny. The building is currently receiving remedial building work as can be seen on the photograph.. The House stands on the West Road near to Rutherford College It is my intention to post a further photograph when the remedial building work has been finished. Time permitting!
Penshaw Monument
Mixture of 35mm and Digital Photographs taken in December 2001
Peoples Kitchen Second Church of Christ Scientist
Description: Second Church of Christ, Scientist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 March 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 305004

OS Grid Reference: NZ2424364306
OS Grid Coordinates: 424243, 564306
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9728, -1.6228

Location: Wellington Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 5SQ

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE4 5SQ

NZ 2464 SW NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE BATH LANE (north-east side)
1833-/19/10002 No. 56
The Second Church of Christ Scientist


Non-conformist church. 1878. By Austin Johnson and Hicks.

Timber framed, and brick with brick nogging and large plain tile roof. Gabled street front has high brick plinth and recessed central doorway with 3-light glazing bar overlight. Eitherside are single, large, 3-light cross casements, all with glazing bars except the 3 lower lights of the left windows. Above a continuous row of 8 glazing bar windows, with immediately above a further row of 6 glazing bar windows. In the top gable a single square louvred panel. Rear brick gable front has a later flat roofed extension on the ground floor, and above a large 7-light cross casement with leaded lights, and above a louvred panel.

Interior: Entrance hall and shop with meeting room above, with exposed framing and arch braces supporting a timber panel ceiling. Main hall has 4 bay wooden arcades with narrow side aisles. Arcades each have 3 square wooden posts with arch braces, and above four 4-light windows now blind. North-east end has raised dias with reading desks behind an ornate wooden balustrade with beyond double 6-panel doors.

Listing NGR: NZ2424364306
Percy Park Colts
This series of photographs will chronicle the Colts games over the course of the 2005/2006 season.
Percy Street
Percy's Cross,Beanley ,Hedgeley ,Northumberland
This is the Grade II* Listed Percy's Cross, Beanley, Hedgeley, Northumberland, photographed 27th December 2017. It is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM)

Listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @

Entry Name: Percys Cross with Enclosing Wall and Railings
Listing Date: 31 December 1969
Grade: II*
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1041952
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236558
Location: Hedgeley, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Hedgeley

HEDGELEY A 697 (East side) Percy's Cross, with enclosing wall and railings
NU 01 SE

Wayside cross, later C15; C19 wall and railings.

Sandstone, cast iron. Square socket stone carrying shaft with chamfered angles; each face bears relief carvings of crescents, fusils and lucies (pikes), with fetterlocks on the angle chamfers. Head missing; overall height c.3 metres.

Enclosing dwarf wall with chamfered coping, carrying rails with barbed tops; similar gate on north.

The carved motifs are all Percy emblems; the cross commemorates Sir Ralph Percy, who fell leading the Lancastrian army at the battle of Hedgeley Moor, 23rd April 1464.

Listing NGR: NU0540619267

This note on the SAM inclusion courtesy of Historic England @

Percy’s Cross not only has merit as a standing medieval wayside cross, it also commemorates the death of Sir Ralph Percy at the battle of Hedgeley Moor. The battle was part of the War of the Roses and was a key event in a formative period of English history. The monument contributes significantly to our understanding of medieval religious customs, sculptural traditions, medieval routeways and to our knowledge of the social and political upheaval caused by the War of the Roses.

Pilgrim Street
Pilgrim Street runs from the bottom of Northumberland Street down to Akenside Hill and was one of Newcastle's major roads from the South.

Named after the fact that Pilgrims used to come into Newcastle on their way to St Marys Chapel in Jesmond.

Pilgrims Gate on the old Town Walls used to exist on Pilgrim Street as well as such notable buildings as The Royal Arcade.
Pink and Forth Lanes
This lane runs from Clayton Street West to Neville Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Pink Lane had a reputation in the past as a haunt for ladies of the night. Pink Lane takes its name from The Pink Tower (part of the City Walls) which stood at the junction with Clayton Street West - The Tower was demolished in 1852
Poppies: Weeping Window - Woodhorn Museum
I paid a visit to Woodhorn Museum yesterday afternoon to take a look at the recently installed Poppies: Weeping Window and what a magnificent sight it is. Whoever thought of the idea of using the pit head wheel to have the poppies seemingly cascading over deserves a round of applause.

This is how Woodhorn describe the art installation:

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below; the other sculpture on tour, Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, are now brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the United Kingdom aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

The breathtaking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of the life of a British and Colonial soldier lost during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.

Well worth a visit, free entry but there is a £3.20 car parking charge. There is also a bus link from Ashington.
Port of Blyth
Various photographs from the Port of Blyth.
Port of Seaham
The small Port of Seaham which lies between the Wear and the Tees on the North East Coast of England.
Pottery Lane
A blank canvas just waiting for re-development
Preston Cemetery - Vol 1
This album displays photographs taken on a lovely, warm and sunny April's day in 2002. Preston Cemetery is so full of the area's history, being mainly associated with North Shields and Tynemouth. Opened in 1856 the Cemetery is situated on Walton Avenue, North Shields.
Preston Cemetery - Vol 2
This album displays photographs taken on a lovely, warm and sunny April's day in 2002. Preston Cemetery is so full of the area's history, being mainly associated with North Shields and Tynemouth. Opened in 1856 the Cemetery is situated on Walton Avenue, North Shields.
Preston Cemetery - Vol 3
Further photographs from Preston Cemetery in North Shields
Preston Village - The Sportsman
A pub has been on this site since at least 1814, known over time as Sportsmans Arms and Sportsmans Hotel.

The name may be derived from The Preston Races which used to held nearby as part of The Preston Hoppings.
The Tudor style frontage dates from 1895.

Princess Mary Hospital
A series of photographs taken of the former Princess Mary Maternity Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Now converted into apartments and re-opened as St Mary Court in November 1997.

The building was first opened in 1869 as a Girls Orphanage and there is a memorial plaque describing the place as The Jane Philpson Orphanage - 1873. This was later to become the Northern Counties Orphanage.

Additionally there is a memorial stone entitled Abbott Memorial, although I have yet to discover who Abbott was.

Princess Mary Maternity Hospital moved into these premises in 1939, with only half of its facilities having moved from its former premises in Jubilee Road. The Jubilee Road part of the operation moved to this site in 1943.

The Hospital closed in 1993 and relocated to become part of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
A photograph of that well liked and admired contributor to uk.local.geordie - taken at The Union Rooms, 22 December 2002
Prudhoe Chare
Prudhoe Chare is a modern day thoroughfare, built between Eldon Square Shopping Centre and Marks & Spencers on Northumberland Street with the Haymarket (Percy Street.

On this site was the Northumberland Arms Pub and this was replicated by the erection of a basements bar in Prudhoe Chare.

The main feature of Prudhoe Chare and one which perhaps is hidden away from the passing crowds on Northumberland Street is a sculpture called Local Worthies, Mythical and Allegorical Figures.

The sculpture has been incorporated in the brick wall of the Shopping Centre and is composed of stonework from the Old Town Hall, Old City Library and Blackett Street YMCA which were demolished in the 1970's.

The name of the sculpture is unknown but it was erected circa 1976.
Prudhoe Railway Station
The 'modern day' Prudhoe Station still retains some of its original features seen in these photographs taken 29th September 2016.

The station at Prudhoe opened in 1835.

The Foot bridge is Grade II Listed,
Pub Signs
Pudding Chare
This is a Chare or Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne which runs between The Bigg Market and the lower end of Westgate Road/Collingwood Street. The name Pudding Chare is derived from the fact that a butchers market used to be close by which was famous for its black pudding Or at least that is the theory??
Newcastle fine and historical Quayside - more photographs to follow
Quayside Walk on a Sunday
A walk in the sunshine on the 4th September 2005. A walk past the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, along through the Sunday Market, over the Swing Bridge, through the Sage and then onto the Cog on the Tyne for some marvellous and unique views of Newcastle.
Quayside- Volume 1
Queen Street
Some photogragphs taken for Vivienne who is trying to find information on her ancestors who lived at number 6 Queens Street - now sadly gone and replaced by the Tyne Bridge.
Queens Square - Princess Square
Home to Newcastle City Library and Trillians Pub amongst other things.
Radio Newcastle - Blyth
The BBC Radio Newcastle Roadshow, celebrating 30 years of broadcasting hits Blyth's Market Square. A fine presentation by Paul Wappat (a Blyth Lad himself - funny folk from Blyth) apltly aided by Mike Parr and Ian (Mr Local History) Robinson. The event was held on Friday 30th March 2001 and all photographs were taken in Digital Format..
Radio Newcastle - Gateshead Flower Show
BBC Radio Newcastle - Flower Show Quiz Radio Newcastle's Paul Wappat held his Saturday Morning Show at the Gateshead Flower Show, 29th July 2000. Here are some photographs taken during the Quiz - the team's representing The University of Northumbria and The University of Sunderland.
Radio Newcastle - Metrocentre
BBC Radio Newcastle - At The MetroCentre Paul Wappat hosts an interesting and enjoyable program, each Saturday, between 09.00 and 12.00 on BBC Radio Newcastle (95.4 f.m).. Included on the program is a highly commendable local history hour co-hosted with local expert Ian Robinson These photographs were taken at Paul Wappat's outside broadcast which took place at Gateshead's Metrocentre on Saturday 13th May 2000. If you want to contact Radio Newcastle their web site can be found at: Paul Wappat can be e-mailed at and Ian Robinson at
Radio Newcastle - Miscellaneous
Various photographs taken at BBC Radio Newcastle.
Radio Newcastle - Quiz
Photographs taken during Paul Wappat's Saturday Morning Quiz Show "Who Knows Wins" as broadcast by BBC Radio Newcastle on 15th September 2001. The Teams represented uk.local.geordie and the Northumberland Genealogy Mailing List. Members of the team were my son Scott, Mandy Buchanan, John Gallon, Paul Dawe, Mike Ellison and myself. The winning team were the folk from the Northumberland List, but a good time was had by all. By the looks of Paul Wappat he certainly enjoyed himself!
RAF Milfield Memorial
This is the RAF Milfield Memorial Plaque at the Maelmin Heritage Trail, Milfield, Northumberland photographed 27th December 2017.

Details for RAF Milfield can be seen @

The monument was unveiled on F10th November 2006 by Sir John Willis, retired Chief Air Marshal, after being funded by English Heritage. Prayers were said by Brian Hurst, the vicar of Kirknewton.

Rainbow Warrior
A visit to Newcastle by the Greenpeace Ship, Rainbow Warrior, during November 2002
Ratcheugh Crags
Blue Bell Walk in aid of the NSPCC, 17th May 2015. The land of the Duke of Northumberland is not open to the public.
Ratcheugh Observatory
The historical Ratcheugh Observatory was open for one day last Sunday as part of the NSPCC Blue Bell Walk. The folly is owned by the Duke of Northumberland.

Designed by Robert Adam and built by Hugh Smithson sometime between 1754 and the 1770s, it is now Grade I Listed. Evidently it was built by the Duke for his wife and was used as a stopping off point on the drives through his private estates. Certainly marvellous views.

This is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: The Observatory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237048

OS Grid Reference: NU2243514577
OS Grid Coordinates: 422435, 614577
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4246, -1.6471

Location: Longhoughton, Northumberland NE66 3AD

Locality: Longhoughton
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE66 3AD

7/157 The Observatory
31.12.69 (formerly listed as The Observatory on Ratcheugh Crag)

Gazebo and eyecatcher. Late C18 by Robert Adam for the Duke of Northumberland; additions c.1850.

Rough-faced stone with ashlar dressings; towers have flat roofs (not seen) except for Welsh slates pent-roofed part of south tower. Screen wall with towers and turrets on crest of whinstone escarpment, commanding views west over Alnwick and east towards the sea.

Castellated Gothick style. West elevation: Chamfered plinth. Main tower near left end has open base with segmental hollow-chamfered arch flanked by semi-octagonal buttresses with pyramidal tops below band; at 1st-floor level three 12-pane sash windows, with intersecting heads under round arches, set in recess with corbelled top; moulded string below embattled parapet. 1st floor band continued along flanking walls with smaller round arches to talle semicircular turrets with various shaped loops. Right lower wall has large semicircular bow and square turret, with quatrefoil and cruciform loops, and joins rectangular south tower. Tower has central bow containing ground- and 1st-floor 4-centred- arched windows (boarded over) and band on corbels below irregular parapet; lower pent part to far right.

Rear elevation of main tower similar to front. Turret to left has boarded door under round arch on to newel stair, from which short wall walk leads to balcony, on left return of tower, with a central part-glazed door. South tower has quatrefoil loop to rear and boarded window openings in returns, under 4-centred or pointed arches.

Interior: Observatory in Main Tower has fluted dado rail and fan tracery cornice.

Listing NGR: NU2243514577
Ravensworth Castle
This set of photographs were very kindly provided by Jeff Piper - Photographs were taken in 1970.
Red Arrows - 16th September 2012
This was the display by the RAF's Red Arrows team at the conclusion of the Great North Run, South Shields, 16th September 2012.

Photographed from outside of Tynemouth Priory Castle overlooking the Tyne.
Red Arrows - Great North Run 2004
This set of photographs were taken from the Collingwood Monument in North Shields. The Red Arrows Display Team were performing at the end of the Great North Run in South Shields - taken 26th September 2004 on a cloudy and windy afternoon.
Red Arrows - Great North Run 2005
A display by the RAF Red Arrows at the end of the Great North Run - South Shields 2005. Photographs taken from Collingwood's Monument at Tynemouth
Red Arrows - Great North Run 2006
A great performance yet again from the Red Arrows - This set of photographs was taken from Tynemouth Priory - 1 October 2006
Red Arrows - Great North Run 2007
Photographs from the performance given by the Red Arrows at the 2007 Great North Run. The first three photographs were taken at the Junior Great North Run on Newcastle's Quayside on Saturday 29th September 2007.
Red Arrows - Great North Run 2016
Red Barns
Cfawhall Road - photographed 12th February 2018
Remembrance Day 2015
Photographs taken at the events around the Remembrance Day 2015 in Newcastle, 9th November 2015
Rennington War Memorial
This is the Grade II Listed First World War Memorial in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Rennington, Northumberland.

Listing text courtesy of [B]The British Listed Buildings[/B] web site @

Entry Name: Rennington War Memorial
Listing Date: 2 December 2016
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1439711
Location: Rennington, Northumberland, NE66
County: Northumberland
Civil Parish: Rennington
Traditional County: Northumberland

First World War memorial, unveiled 1921.

The c3m tall memorial stands in the churchyard of All Saints’ Church (not listed), to the north-west of the church tower. It takes the form of a wheel-head cross in sandstone from Denwick Quarry. The cross shaft rises from a tapering pedestal, which stands on a two-stage base.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the pedestal reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN/ FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918. The commemorated names are listed on the front face of the upper stage of the base, below which on the lower stage is recorded THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE/ INHABITANTS OF RENNINGTON AND DISTRICT.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 23 February 2017.

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Rennington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was unveiled on 10 April 1921 by Dr G Scott Jackson CBE DSO and dedicated by Canon Mangin. It commemorates nine local servicemen who died in the First World War. The memorial was made by Messrs T Watson of Alnwick and funded by the local residents. Originally it stood at a roadside location but in c1957 it was moved c150m to the south-east to stand in the churchyard. In 2014 it was refurbished by local stone mason Bart Endean to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The firm of Messrs Watson, monumental masons of Alnwick, was also responsible for war memorial crosses at Eglingham (Grade II) and South Charlton, and the war memorial tablets at Newton on the Moor and Ingram.

Reasons for Listing
Rennington War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of All Saints’ Church, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant war memorial cross in a local stone type;
* Degree of survival: unusually the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.

Photographs taken 12th November 2017:

Reverend Doctor John Hunter Rutherford
This is the J.H. Rutherford Memorial Fountain which stands at the head o0f the Bigg Market on the junction of Newgate Street and Grainger Street.

To a design by Charles Errington it was unveiled on 12th September 1894 in St Nicholas’ Square.

Erected by The Band of Hope Union in memory of Rutherford, it has in its lifetime moved from its original location next to St Nicholas’ Cathedral Church, to the lower part of the Bigg Market and finally to its present position.

Made from red sandstone with brass fittings it measures 5m high and 2.5 metres square.

The memorial has Grade II Listing protection and this is the listing text from the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Drinking Fountain
Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 December 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 304411

OS Grid Reference: NZ2476464155
OS Grid Coordinates: 424764, 564155
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9714, -1.6147

Location: 8 Bigg Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1UW
Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 1UW


20/614 Drinking fountain

Drinking fountain. Dated 1894; resited from St. Nicholas Square in early C20.
Erected by the Band of Hope Union in memory of J. H. Rutherford. Sandstone steps; red sandstone fountain with pink granite basin. Octagonal. Renaissance style. Panelled plinth supports nosed octagonal basin with moulded, fluted pedestal to tall central column. Taps, fittings removed, in pedimented panels with inscription on entablature. Inscriptions JHR and WATER IS BEST on shields in panels.

Listing NGR: NZ2476464155

The Reverend Doctor John Hunter Rutherford lived between 1826 and 1890 and was a Presbyterian Minister who was instrumental in the institution of the Bath lane Church and also a number of schools in the Newcastle area. Heavily involved with the improvement of living and education conditions in Newcastle he was also an active member of the Temperance Movement. Rutherford was involved with the creation of the Temperance Festival on the Town Moor which went on to become the annual fair.

Rutherford is buried in St Johns Elswick Cemetery.
Richard Hope Hillary - A RAF Hero
On my regular trips to Edinburgh I pass a road sign indicating the Richard Hope Hillary RAF Memorial is off to one side of the A697 between Greenlaw and Coldstream. I've thought to myself on a number of occasions to see what the memorial is and today I satisfied that aim. To be honest the name Richard Hope Hillary means nothing to me, so I looked him up on the Internet and found this information on a Western Australian web site - the information comes from a March 2004 edition of the publication "m a r g i n a t a - Issue 5", see link at: "Australia’s Ace Flyer and Writer: Richard Hillary By Charles Page On 3 September 1940, the Margate lifeboat was searching the North Sea for a downed pilot. After three hours, the boat was about to turn back, when the crew spotted the pilot in his Mae West lifejacket. RAF fighter pilot Richard Hillary was suffering from severe burns, and had already resigned himself to death. He had been bobbing around in the sea for hours, and as he later recalled, ‘There can be few more futile pastimes than yelling for help in the North Sea with a solitary seagull for company.’ Hillary’s mind was already adrift, when eager crewmen hauled him into the lifeboat. Hillary was a grim sight, with hands burnt and deformed, and his face hanging in shreds. One of the crew found his mouth and poured some brandy into it, though this was hardly enough to dull the pain. Richard Hope Hillary, who wrote the WWII classic The Last Enemy, was born in Sydney on 20 April 1919, to Australian parents. His father, Michael Hillary, was of English and Irish descent, while his mother, Edwyna (nee Hope) was from north-western Australia, and claimed Scottish and Spanish ancestry. Hillary’s father won the DSO and OBE for service in Mesopotamia during WWI, and later became Private Secretary to Prime Minister Billy Hughes. In 1923, Hillary’s father transferred to Australia House in London. Three years later he left for a government position in the Sudan, and Richard Hillary was placed in boarding school in England. At the age of 13, Hillary was sent to Shrewsbury Public School, where he informed his English teacher that he wanted to be a writer. Then in 1937, he was accepted at Oxford University, where he learned to fly with the University Air Squadron and gained a rowing ‘Blue’. Hillary and his crew made an unofficial trip to Germany, where they surprised the well-drilled German crews and won the Hermann Goering Rowing Cup. Richard Hillary was an individualist with a slightly arrogant manner, softened by an easy charm and a keen sense of humour. His tall, athletic, good looks, made him very attractive to women, and he in turn, was very attracted by them. Life at University was a pleasant mixture of rowing, flying, holidays in France or Germany, parties, girls, and occasional study. Yet, Hillary and his peers were something of a lost generation, seeking a cause. The war provided this. In October 1939, Richard Hillary joined the RAF, and trained as a fighter pilot. He was then posted to 603 Squadron, based at Hornchurch. To his great delight, Hillary was allocated his own Spitfire, which he named ‘Sredni Vashtar’ after the fierce ferret in the short story by Sake (pseudonym of HH Munro). Hillary soon found himself in the thick of the Battle of Britain, dog fighting over the Kent countryside. He was credited with five enemy aircraft shot down, and three probables. Hillary himself was shot down over Kent on 29 August 1940. After crash-landing his Spitfire in a cabbage patch, he made for the nearest house, where he ‘gate-crashed’ a Brigadier’s cocktail party. However, his luck ran out on 3 September 1940, when a Messerschmitt 109 shot him down in flames. Hillary parachuted into the North Sea, about 15 miles east of the coast, and was rescued by the Margate lifeboat. By a strange quirk of fate, one of Hillary’s ancestors had been a founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Hillary had suffered horrific disfiguring burns to his face and hands, and endured a long period of plastic surgery as a ‘guinea pig’ in Sir Archibald McIndoe’s ‘beauty shop’ at East Grinstead. This painful and frustrating time gave Hillary much pause for reflection and with a pencil in his distorted left hand, he began to write. After his discharge from hospital, Hillary had another narrow escape, while downing a pint at the George and Dragon in Knightsbridge. Hillary ignored the eerie wail of the air raid sirens, but just as he finished his beer, a stick of bombs advanced towards the pub, each crump louder than the last. All conversation stopped, as the whistling of a falling bomb rose to a crescendo and sent everyone diving to the floor. The shattering blast left the pub a shambles, but the house next door took the full force of the bomb. Hillary scrabbled frantically through the rubble and pulled out a dead baby. He then found the badly injured mother nearby and gave her a sip of brandy. The mother took one look at Hillary’s face and said, ‘I see they got you too.’ Then she died. As Hillary was still unfit for active duty, he embarked on a public relations tour of America, where he was feted as a war hero. He was befriended by many celebrities, including the actress Merle Oberon, with whom he had a romantic affair. Hillary also met the great French author-pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who introduced him to his publisher. By now, Hillary had completed his manuscript, and what was to become one of the most acclaimed books to come out of the war, was first published in America in1942 under the title, Falling Through Space. The book was praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, author JB Priestley and many others. Shortly afterwards, it was published in England by Macmillan, who re-titled it The Last Enemy. The book relates the author’s growth out of an idyllic youth into a maturity accelerated by the war. The author’s graceful style turned a ‘war’ book into a well-loved classic. After returning to England, Hillary attended a Staff College course, and scripted a war documentary. He gained a wide circle of literary and artistic friends, including Mary Booker, who was related to the poet WB Yeats. Mary Booker was to become the love of Richard’s life. Hillary also met RAF portraitist, Eric Kennington, who persuaded Hillary to sit for a portrait. This portrait was later placed in the National Portrait Gallery. Richard Hillary was a legend now, both as a war hero and as a successful writer. However, many of his friends had been killed in action, and he felt compelled to ‘go back’ to active duty. Hillary was still having problems with his hands and eyes, but persuaded the authorities to post him back to operational flying. He reported to a night-fighter training unit at RAF Charter Hall, near the Scottish border. The base was known by the locals as ‘Slaughter all’ because of the many accidents there. Hillary found himself flying an obsolescent twin-engine Blenheim at night, in thick cloud, howling winds and heavy icing conditions. He could only see out of one eye, and his hands were still so deformed that he could not even raise the landing gear lever. His was a tragedy in the making, and on 8 January 1943, he was killed in a night-flying accident. Richard Hillary was just 23. The title of Richard Hillary’s book was taken from Corinthians 15:26. ‘The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.’
Ridley Place
Runs from John Dobson Street through to Northumberland Street
Robert Stephensons Works
This series of photographs was taken at Robert Stephenson's former engineering works in South Street Newcastle Upon Tyne (behind the Central Railway Station). Taken in digital format, 17th September 2000 during the Heritage Open Day.
Roberts Battery
I spent Thursday of this week taking in a few of Blyth Valley's buildings of heritage as part of the HOD's (Heritage Open Days).

I have to say that Blyth Valley and the Blyth Valley Heritage Network pulled all of the stops out for the events within their area. A set of very well put together booklets for each of the locations on offer was a welcomed surprise and whilst i didn't avail myself of it, they even had a free bus service linking all of the events together.

Well done to one and all and it certainly appeared that Blyth Valley wanted to show off their proud assets.

My first event took me to Old Hartley which for those who don't know the place, lies between Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice.

Most folk may recognise it from The Delaval Arms pub that sits beside the roundabout following the climb up the road from Feather Caravan Camp.

So why had I come to Old Hartley, simple, it was to see Roberts Battery which I'd known about since the time I lived in Seaton Sluice but not somewhere that I had been to before.

So what was Roberts Battery? - In simple terms it was a First World War Heavy Gun Emplacement. Some folk may have heard of it under the title of "Tyne Turrets". Following the German bombardment of Hartlepool by three cruisers on 16 December 1914, the Ministry of Defence realised what a threat such waterborne attacks were. Consequently they ordered the building of a defence system to give protection to the approaches to the river Tyne which was commanded from the Control Centre that still stands towards the rear of the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. The gun emplacements were at Crag Point (Roberts Battery) ad at Lizard Point, Marsden (Kitchener Battery).

The guns for the emplacements were huge 12 inch gun turrets that had been taken from HMS Illustrious in 1898 and had a range of up to 13 miles, thus were able to give joint sea coverage from Blyth to Sunderland.

However despite the mammoth task of building an underground gun emplacement and equipping it with such a huge arsenal, the First World War ended before it was completed. Thus it never fired a round in anger which is rather ironic. Indeed the guns were not installed until some 4 years after the cessation of hostilities. It appears that only 12 rounds were eve fired by the gun at Roberts Battery and they were eventually removed in 1926.

A lot of work went into this underground complex and at the time it was believed to be the largest construction work of its type in the World. The complex is still there, although all access points, apart from one manhole, were blocked off a number of years ago.

The remains of Roberts Battery are still in existence above ground, more so the camp at which the officers and soldiers lived. Now a residential property the owner gave permission for it to be opened up for the HOD's. David Anderson was the HOD's "representative" on the day and it was clear that he had done much investigative work int tracing as much information as he could about Roberts Battery.

David's book contains some interesting facts about the Battery and also has plans of the underground system etc. Well worth reading in my opinion.

I have also noticed that some coverage is given on the Keys to the Past web site @

Special thanks go to John Stanger-Leathes who owns Fort House for making it available as part of the Heritage Open Days.
Rockcliffe Avenue
This is Rockcliffe Avenue in Whitley Bay where the residents take great pride in making their surroundings better by having a floral display on the pathway outside of their homes.
The residents have had this display for at least 5 years and in that time have won first prize in the "Street and Community" section in the North Tyneside in Bloom Competition and was described as It has been describe by North Tyneside In Bloom as an Oasis in Whitey Bay.
North Tyneside Council’s Highways Department have now come in with their size 13 boots and ordered the residents to remove the display on the grounds that it contravenes the Highways Act.

Having walked along Rockcliffe Avenue I cannot see how it could be viewed as a 'hazard' as there is plenty of room to walk at least 4 abreast along the pathway. Additionally I would imagine that the foot fall on this particular pathway is down to those who actually live there, its not as if this is a major short cut to anywhere.

If everyone on that avenue agrees with the flower/plant displays on the pathway, then I would say to NTC, leave well alone and allow residents to brighten up their area in a way that they want.

Of course it makes me wince when I think that NTC can ‘pick on’ this ‘soft target’ when there is so much highway contravention in Whitley Bay with traders taking over the pathways with their goods, for instance Tom Owens and the high number of vehicles parked on pavements.

The local residents have drawn up a petition against the decision of NTC and this can be signed on line @

These photographs were taken on 13th June 2013.
Roman Temple of Antenociticus at Condercum
Roman Temple of Antenociticus at Condercum (Benwell), Newcastle upon Tyne. (Broomridge Avenue).

Antenociticus was a Roman God and this Temple which stood outside of the Condercum Fort was dedicated to that entity. The Temple probably stood amongst a civilian settlement which had arisen outside of the Fort. It is unknown whether Antenociticus was a local God as the only reference found has been at Benwell.

The name Antenociticus has been translated as “God of the Antler-fringed forehead”.

Discovered in 1862 in what were the grounds if Condercum House.

Measuring 18 by 10 feet.

During the 1862 excavation two altars were located and these are currently held in the Great North Museum. The one’s on site are replicas. Also found were parts of a statue which is thought to have been of Antenociticus, a head with a torc around the neck and hair on the head with curls going forward resembling two horns. Parts of a leg and forearm were also found.
The Northumberrland Village of Rothbury, featuring the Church of All Saints which has its origins in the 13th Century.
Royal Arcade
Royalty on Tyneside
Photographs taken by my father Harry Dixon Ellwood.
Rumbling Ken - Howick, Northumberland
Rumbling Kern is considered to take its name from sea water which finds its way into the void within the rock and is expelled under pressure giving a rumbling sound.

It is also claimed to have been one of the sandy bays in Northumberland where illicit smuggling took place.

It was also used a scene in The Vera TV series.

Photographed 10th February 2018

Rutherford Street
Running off Bath Lane and overlooking St James Boulevard this may well be the future site of a residential tower.
One of Newcastle Upon Tyne's main Hospitals.
Ryder & Yates, TyneDeck, 1969
Currently on display at Baltic, Ryder & Yates, TyneDeck, 1969 - this courtesy of Baltic @
Rye Hill Area
This part of Newcastle lies at the West of the City Centre and features such notables as St Mary the Virgin Almshouse, Newcastle College and the former Rye Hill Hospital.
Ryton Ferry Crossing
There has been a ferry crossing between the north and south sides of the Tyne at Ryton since at least 1700 and it operated right up until the 1950's.

The white building in the images below, take 22nd September 2014, is known as Ferry House. The ferryman's house of the 18th century was swept away by the Great Flood on 1771.
Ryton Hotel
Shame to see The Ryton Hotel closed and up for sale - photographs 24th June 2018.
Ryton Methodist Church
Photographs of Ryton Methodist Church taken 24th June 2018.
Ryton Village Cross
Located on the village green the inscriptions on the base is dated 1795 and the shaft 1951. Made from sandstone, the shaft standing a 5m in height.The original mason was thought to have been local man, homas Chancer.

The cross was used by John Wesley as a point for preaching in both 1742 and 1757 and this signifies that the present cross had a predecessor.

In addition to its Grade Listing it is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM)

Ryton War Memorial
The Grade II Listed Ryton War Memorial on Station Bank, photographed 24th June 2018.

The cross is of Portland Stone and the names of the fallen of both World Wars are listed on bronze plaques on a wall at the rear of the memorial.. Unveiled on 5th November 1921 by Major-General Sir Percy Wilkinson KCMG CB and dedicated by the Rector, Reverend CBR Hunter, and the Archdeacon of Durham. Costing £1.600 it was paid for by public subscription. Designed by Hicks and Charlwood, architects, and sculptured by SF Davidson of Newcastle.
Ryton, The White House
The Grade II Listed White House in Ryton Village, photographed 24th June 2018. Built circa 1780 as a house but was used as The Penny Bank (savings bank) by Charles Thorpe in 1816. Now residential.
Sacred Heart R.C. Church - North Gosforth
This is the Grade II Listed Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church at North Gosforth, photographed 7th June 2016. Unfortunately it wasn't open during my visit.

An unusual history as it was built as an Anglican Church and purchased by the Catholic Church in 1912.

This is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Sacred Heart Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 18 October 2006
English Heritage Building ID: 495564

OS Grid Reference: NZ2432271866
OS Grid Coordinates: 424322, 571866
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0407, -1.6209

Location: A1056, North Tyneside NE3 5EB

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: North Tyneside
Country: England
Postcode: NE3 5EB


1833/0/10250 GREAT NORTH ROAD
18-OCT-06 Sacred Heart Church


Church, c.1865,with later alterations. Architect unknown but possibly by William Butterfield or one of his pupils. Built in Early English gothic style of brick faced in coursed ashlar buff sandstone with slate roofs.

PLAN: Truncated west tower, south porch, nave with aisles and clerestorey, north and south chapels, square-ended sanctuary.

EXTERIOR: West end truncated tower with three light mullion window below three light window with intersecting tracery with daggers and mouchettes. Paired weathered corner buttresses except for the SE corner which is a stair vice. The four westernmost buttresses all have unusual deep statue niches, gabled with ogee arches and flanked by uncompleted projecting grotesques. Gabled porch in W bay of S aisle with double chamfered pointed arch on three plain shafts at each side, the capitals and hoodmould stops unfinished. Doorway flanked by gabled buttresses with blind tracery. Paired doors filled with decorative iron scrollwork. Nave of 4 bays, aisles with nailhead cornice and, between weathered buttresses, two-light geometric windows with drip mouldings. Clerestorey windows are single lancets. Aisles continue to form N chapel, and S organ loft, now chapel. The sanctuary is lower than the nave, with double nailhead cornice, N and S two light windows with geometric tracery, three light E window with geometric tracery, and large paired weathered corner buttresses on E wall.

INTERIOR: Orange brick, horizontally banded with black brick and buff ashlar giving a striking effect which focusses attention towards the sanctuary. Sandstone double chamfered pointed aisle arcades on quatrefoil columns with unfinished capitals. Clerestorey with blind lights flanking each window, giving the effect of an arcade. Open roof with king-post collar trusses. Double chamfered chancel arch on corbelled truncated shafts with unfinished capitals, above it a pair of blind roundels. Raised chancel later brought forward into the nave, leading to sanctuary with N and S sedilia with pointed arches and black marble columns. Sumptuous painted and marble reredos spanning east wall, with organ re-sited to replace former central high altar. The walls of the sanctuary are again of orange brick, with more elaborate bands of polychrome brick chevron and checked decoration, but unusually also with, above the sedilia and reredos, an arcade represented in black bricks. Segmentally vaulted ceiling with later decoration. The west end has been partitioned with a gallery inserted in bay 1 of the nave extending into the tower, creating a narthex and a day chapel below the west window.

FITTINGS: Plain pews and re-sited organ possibly original. Lectern, altar and priest's chair added c.1986.

STAINED GLASS: Dating from between 1872 and 1875 by Morris and Co. The pièce de résistance is the three light east window, principally designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The central light depicts a half-profile crucifixion, with Christ ministered by nine red-winged angels. The left and right lights each have four angels with coloured wings at Christ's head, while at his feet in the left light are Mary, Mary Magdalene and Mary, wife of Cleophas; and in the right light St. John, St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Above these three lights are two trefoil roundels and one quatrefoil, depicting eleven winged minstrels playing bells, a double pipe, a dulcimer, a harp, a portative organ, a bulbed pipe, and a violin, these last five figures being designed by William Morris. An inscription across the foot of the windows reads, "Qui peccata nostra ipse pertulit in corpore suo super lignum" (who bore our sins in his body on the cross). This is thought to be the only window in which all of these designs are combined.

The window in the north chancel wall shows St. Mark and St. Matthew, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown respectively, while that in the south wall depicts St. Luke and St. John, by William Morris and Ford Madox Brown. The easternmost window in the north aisle has William Morris designed figures of Ruth and Boaz, while that in the south has St. Mary and St. Joseph, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris respectively.

The main west window has stained glass designed in 1987 by Paul Gannon of Whitley Bay. The three light window in the day chapel below this is in dalle de ver depicting the "Risen Christ still with his people", by Vicki Pattisson.

Morris and Co. existed in various incarnations between 1861 and 1898, but was a design studio and decorating company originally constituted as an artistic brotherhood with seven partners including William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown. The period was one of wide scale ritualist revival which built on the gradual revival of the art of stained glass making during the first half of the C19. Some of the firm's designs have a pre-eminent place among the best Victorian windows, and can be considered some of the finest stained glass produced in at least three hundred years, and have been described as, "One of the wonders of Victorian church art." (MacCarthy).

The church is unusual in having been built entirely at the expense of a private individual, remaining unconsecrated while serving part of an Anglican parish, and then being bought for the Roman Catholic church with the private money of a Catholic Bishop. Originally named St. Mary's, the building dates from the mid 1860s, the first Curate serving from 1865. The patron was the owner of Gosforth House and its estate, Thomas Eustace Smith, Liberal M.P. for Tynemouth from 1868-1885. The establishment of the church fulfilled the need expressed by the Vicar of Longbenton to serve the growing population of the north of his parish, and the ecclesiastical district of North Gosforth was established in May 1865, serving the colliery villages of Hazlerigg, Weetslade, Brunswick, Wideopen and Seaton Burn. Unfortunately, the church was felt not to be close enough to its congregations, and after the church of St. Columba was built in Seaton Burn in 1870, services declined until the church closed in the early C20.

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Richard Collins, bought the church and said the first mass in January 1912, before formally opening and dedicating the church to the Sacred Heart in June 1912. On his death in 1924 the Bishop left money for the parish and for a presbytery, as well as donating pictures for the presbytery and church. The church was re-roofed in 1913 and 1934. The major internal re-ordering of the chancel and the west end took place in 1986-7, to accommodate the Roman Catholic New Liturgy which was developed following the second Vatican Council.

This mid-C19 church completed c.1865 is of special architectural interest as a church designed in the Early English gothic style which successfully combines external restraint with internal exuberance. Although the design was not fully executed and some internal alteration has taken place at the west end, the interior with its polychromatic brick and stone decoration is well-preserved. Its claim to special interest in a national context is further enhanced by a significant collection of ecclesiastical stained glass, with designs by the internationally acclaimed Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown. The quality of design, execution and decoration, combined with relatively low levels of alteration provide ample justification for the recommendation to list.

The church have a web site which includes more on its history @
Sallyport Area
Some views of the Sallyport Tower area, including the Keelmens Hospital and Fog & Firkin Pub. This is another area of Newcastle Upon Tyne which has received much renovation in recent years. Many of the buildings in the area are now used to house students. A great area to explore if you have the time..
Sallyport Tower
First time I had been inside the Tower on 12th September 2014 - One of Newcastle's Grade 1 Listed Buildings, this is the protection text courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: Sallyport or Wall Knoll Tower

Grade: I
Date Listed: 17 December 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 304897

OS Grid Reference: NZ2547464148
OS Grid Coordinates: 425474, 564148
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9713, -1.6036

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 2AY

21/549 Sallyport or Wall knoll
17.12.71 Tower

Lesser gateway in Town Wall; Company of Ship's Carpenter's meeting hall above.

C14 Town wall; 1716 meeting hall.

Coursed squared sandstone wall; sandstone ashlar hall with pantiled roof. 2 storeys, 2 bays. Wall has central round stone arch containing studded double doors with large hinges. Room above has 2 round-headed sashes with glazing bars in panels with voussoirs and keys continuous with channelled rustication. Top cornice breaks forward over end and central pilasters. Root has 4 square corner turrets with pyramidal stone roofs and ball finials. Left return has steps up to door and fanlight with glazing bars; low-relief ship's hull in panel above.

Listing NGR: NZ2547464148

This is an extract from Newcastle Town by R.J. Charlton]:

The Carpenter's Tower, or Sallyport, was in good preservation, with its fine old arched gateway and the figure of a ship (the emblem of the Ship¬,vrights' Company) cut in stone above the entrance to the upper storey, reached by a flight of stairs. Bourne tells us that in 1716 the Company of Carpenters or Shipwrights built upon "the under part of it a very grand and stately square tower, adorned at the top corners with four fair turrets in the form of a lanthorne;" which tower, with its" four fair turrets," is what we see now.
Inside the gateway was a carter's yard, with sheds, and stables, and dung-hills, covering the site of the graveyard where lay the mortal remains of the Trinitarian brethren.

Pesvner has this to say:

WALLKNOLL or SALLYPORT TOWER, which became the meeting hall of the Ships' Carpenters' Company in 1716. They then built their superb, bold hall above the minor gateway, in such confident style that comparisons have been drawn with the work of Vanbrugh. No architect for it has yet been identified. It is ashlar, with pilasters and big eaves cornice; two windows in each long side in rusticated keyed round-headed surrounds, another in the short side to the w. On the E, steps lead to the hall door, which is set under a round overlight in a rusticated corniced panel; above the cornice is a carved relief of a ship's hull- proclaiming the trade of the company. But the most striking feature is the assemblage of turrets on the corners, cubes with small round-headed openings (blocked) and with ball finials on stone pyramid copings.

SiteLines make these observations:

In 1716 the Shipwrights' Company enlarged the tower, giving it a long E-W axis, and built a hall on the first floor with access by stairs at the E end. The Company retained it until the mid19th century after which it had a number of uses and was rescued from dereliction and possibly demolition in the 1960s. McCombie - bold ashlar C18 meeting hall on top of medieval gate. Architect unknown, but comparisons have been drawn with Vanbrugh's work. Pilasters and big eaves cornice; two windows in each long side in rusticated keyed round-headed surrounds; another window in a bow on the short side to the west. On the east, steps lead to the hall door: round overlight in a rusticated corniced panel; above, a relief of a ship's hull. Square corner turrets with small round-headed blind openings; pyramid tops and ball finials. From 1716 until 1759 Presbyterians met in the Carpenters' Hall, the remodelling of the upper part of the medieval tower.

The Shipwrights Company make these comments of the Newcastle Freemen's web site @

In 1716 when the Company was at its most prosperous and influential an upper storey was built upon their meeting place at the Sallyport gateway in the Town Walls. Much of the Company's revenues came from fines on members for absence from quarterly meetings, working on church holidays and poor workmanship. However others were for misconduct in the meeting house and in 1696 it was decreed that no brother may take on an apprentice who was a Scotchman born.

The Sallyport Tower, a listed building, had by this time become rather dilapidated and in 1955 because of the liability to maintain the structure the City Council purchased the property and spent about £10,000 on renovation. Over the years the Company had held its meetings in the Guildhall due to the state of the Sallyport through lack of maintenance but in 1970 the meetings were held in the refurbished Tower and continued there until 1979, from which time the Guildhall has again been used for Head Meetings on the first Monday in June each year.
Salters Bridge
This is one of the areas oldest bridges, situated in South Gosforth on Salters Lane. The bridge crosses the Ouseburn and takes its name from the fact that this was the route taken to move salt from the coastal areas of Northumberland. The bridge is medieval in age. Listed Building Grade I, Scheduled Ancient Monument
This is one of the main roads leading down from Newcastle's City centre to the Quayside. The name is taken from the fact that the area was sandy in years gone by.
Science City - Newcastle Science Central
Photographs of the Scotswood area of Newcastle Upon Tyne..
Scotswood Railway Bridge
The disused Scotswood Railway Bridge has been discussed on the forum on a few occasions and I went to see it for myself yesterday, 5th August 2014.

Both ends of the bridge are gated off but looking at the structure I’m not sure I would want to venture onto it. The term bare bones spring to mind.

The bridge formerly carried the Newcastle to Carlisle rail route (North Eastern Railway), carrying the line between Scotswood and Blaydon stations. Of course the Newcastle Carlisle line now travels over the King Edward VIII Bridge and travels on the south side of the Tyne. The Scotswood Railway Bridge was used for goods trains up until the 1990’s and was then closed. The bridge was closed to passenger traffic, 4th October 1982.

The present bridge was erected in 1871 (strengthened in 1943) but there were rail crossings on that site built in 1839, 1861 and 1865. The original wooden built bridge from 1839 was destroyed by fire when ash from a passing engine set it on fire.

The present bridge’s measurements are, length 212.6m (698 feet) and 7.7m (25 feet) wide. It still carries utility pipes.
Scotswood Road
Various photographs of what is now left of Scotswood Road, made famous by the song, Blaydon Races.
Scott's Rugby Photographs
A series of photographs of my son's exploits in playing rugby for Percy Park and Northumberland.
Sculler Stairs - Gateshead
This may be Sculler Stairs - they lie in Gateshead to the western end of HMS Calliope.
The village of Seahouses is a continuation of the North Sunderland which stands on the North East coast of England in the county of Northumberland. Seahouses is a working fishing village with a harbour that also serves for tourist trips to the Farne Islands.
Seaton Burn
Seaton Delaval
A collection of photographs taken in the Seaton Delaval area.
Seaton Delaval Hall 1
Built in 1718 - 1729 to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh for Admiral George Delaval. Located between the villages of Seaton Delaval and Seaton Sluice, the Hall is open to the public in the Summer months, an asdmission charge applies.
Seaton Delaval Hall 2
Further photographs of Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Mausoleum
Built in 1766 in the design of The Temple at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. It is said that Lord Delaval had the building erected in honour of his only son, John, who died in 1775 aged 20. Evidently he died of complications arising from having been kicked in a vital organ by a laundry maid who he was giving unwelcomed attention. The mausoleum was not used by the Delaval Family and is now in a ruined state, although in its heyday it must have been a fine building with a leaded glass dome.
Seaton Delaval Obelisk
Two obelisks stand in the area of Seaton Delaval Hall, one is beside the turning from the Avenue to New Hartley. The larger of the two (60 feet high) stands in a field to the South East of the Hall. The smaller obelisk is though to commemorate the place where Admiral Delaval fell from his horse - he subsequently died from his injuries.
Seaton Sluice
The Northumberland seaside village of Seaton Sluice. Here's an entry from John Sykes Local Records: "March 20.-The fine harbour at Seaton Sluice, about half a mile north from Hartley, in Northumberland, which had been some years in making by Sir John Hussey Delaval, was finished, and on the above day two ships in full sail passed through the canal cut of a solid rock 900 feet long, 54 feet deep, and 80 feet broad. An elegant entertainment was given by Sir John to a great number of ladies and gentlemen; three oxen, several sheep, and plenty of strong ale were given to the workmen. On the 22nd, the Warkworth (Captain Curry) a, vessel of 13 keels of coals, sailed out of the new harbour, being the first after its completion"
Seghill - Colliery Institute Hall
Now the local Community Centre. War Memorial erected in October 2014.
Shakespeare Street
City Centre street.
Shilbottle War Memorial
Photographed 10th February 2018 this is the Shilbottle War Memorial, unveiled by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, 3rd August 2014.

Shimmer Festival - Whitley Bay
Photographs taken at the Shimmer Festival in Whitley Bay, 3rd November 2012.

Organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Arts Council England, "Shimmer" features the work of digital artists who have been commissioned to create installations that celebrate the traditions and timelessness of Whitley Bay. The programme for this year's "Shimmer" is:

"Rainbow Glowing Wheels" by Aether and Hemera "Flash Fog" by Colin Priest
"Chronobooth" by Joe Pochciol
"Concrete Waves" by RealTyne
"Spark!" by Worldbeaters Music
"Whitlath Exegesis" by Robin Webb
"Diversion" by Novak Collective
Shimmer Festival - Whitley Bay 2013
Photographs taken at the Shimmer Festival in Whitley Bay, 2nd November 2013.

Organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Arts Council England, "Shimmer" features the work of digital artists who have been commissioned to create installations that celebrate the traditions and timelessness of Whitley Bay. The programme for this year's "Shimmer" is:

Tunnel of Love by Realtyne
beachHUTSby Andy McKeown
Piccolo Cinema by Jack Lockhart
Spanish Arcade by Richard Broderick
Zoetropes by David Boultbee
Flash Fog by Colin Priest
Spark!by Worldbeaters Music
Ships - Old 35mm
This album contains 35mm photographs that I have taken in the 1970's and 1980's - before I started using digital photography. Ships on the Tyne unless stated otherwise.
Ships on the Tyne and Elsewhere
Click on the sub albums to see more photographs of the featured vessels. I'm in the process of moving the photographs into alphabetical sub groups to cut down on loading speed.
Shiremoor War Memorial
Standing on the north side of Earsdon Road in Shiremoor, this is the Grade II Listed War Memorial.

This is the Listing Text from the British Listed Buildings web site @

Description: War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 303266

OS Grid Reference: NZ3123571371
OS Grid Coordinates: 431235, 571371
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0359, -1.5128

Location: Lesbury Avenue, North Tyneside NE27 0RW

Locality: Shiremoor
County: North Tyneside
Country: England
Postcode: NE27 0RW

SEATON VALLEY (part) EARSDON ROAD (north side)
NZ 37 SW
War memorial

War memorial. Circa 1919 by W.H. Endean and Son, Blyth.

Sandstone and granite. Granite statue of soldier, hands resting on rifle, on tall square tapered plinth, on 2 sandstone steps. Names of dead of Shiremoor and district in Great War on 3 sides of plinth.

Listing NGR: NZ3123571371

Unveiled 31st May 1924 by Captain Appleby of the British Legion Executive; Dedicated by Rev. John Clucas, Vicar of Percy Main.

The site was originally granted by the Duke of Northumberland, although the monument was moved 10 feet away in 2000 when sheltered housing was built on the adjacent plot. The monument was paid for by public subscription. The sculptors were W.H. Endean (Blyth) and the designer was J.R. McMillen, Earsdon Council Surveyor.
(Source : North East War Memorial Project @ [

It is notable that the number of those killed in World War 1 far outstrip the numbers killed in the Great War.

The memorial also recognises Fusilier L Stewart who was killed in action during the Aden Campaign. There is mention of the death in the Chronicle Live of June 2006 -

"They are veterans of a forgotten war, but determined to remember. Former members of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers gathered to honour fallen comrades killed in action.

The regiment served in Aden from September 1966 to June 1967, overseeing the handing back of the British protectorate to the Adenese.

They were there to keep the peace, but sadly nine of them died violent deaths in an ambush at the hands of rebel police.

Veterans of the regiment laid a wreath at the Cenotaph at Newcastle's Haymarket and observed a minute's silence for the nine who died, days before they were due to pull out, in 1967.

The men who died were Maj JW Moncur, 2nd Lt JAH Davis, Warrant Officer HPM Hoare, Fus WW Crombie, Fus GT Hoult, [B][U]Fus L Stewart[/U][/B], Fus BH Wylie, Fus CT Smyth and L-Cpl T Liddell.

They were killed when their Land Rovers were ambushed by rebel armed police."

James Gibson Campbell[ is shown on the memorial as a Boy with the Royal Navy. He was one of the 833 lost when HMS Royal Oak was sunk by the German submarine U47 at Scapa Flow, 14th October 1939.
Shotley, Northumberland
Recording some of the sights to be found on The Side - One of the oldest streets in Newcastle Upon Tyne which leads from the quayside to the High Town.
Silverlink Country Park
Silverlink Roundabout - A19 and A1058
Work to transform this intersection.
This is the Northumbrian village of Simonburn. St Mungo's Church is it's main feature and dates from 13th century, although there is evidence that there has been a Church on this site since at least the 8th century. Several amendments and additions were made to the Church in both the 18th and 19th centuries, namely by Robert & Newton, Anthony Salvin and R J Johnson. The Lychgate was built in 1885 to a design by R J Johnson. At one time the Parish of St Mungo covered the largest area in England, ranging from Hadrian's Wall to the Scottish Borders. One notable headstone is that of John Nixon which shows him as being from Coldnuckles.
Sir Bobby Robson Memorials
The statue to Sir Bobby Robson was unveiled at St James' Park on 6 May 2012.

The statue recognises the five years that Sir Bobby was the Newcastle United Manager in which time he took the team into the Champions League and to the semi finals of the UEFA Cup.

Sir Bobby died at the age of 76 after a well documented battle over the years with cancer.

The nine-and-a-half-foot sculpture is made from bronze and is by the sculptor Tom Maley and was commissioned by Newcastle United.
The unusually named Slaggyford is the next village heading north on the A689 road and is derived from the Old English for ‘muddy, dirty ford’.

At one time Slaggyford was larger in residential terms than nearby Alston, having its own market square. However with the increase in lead mining around Alston many residents left to become miners and the population and village declined.

Slaggyford itself has no mineral seams of worth but W.W. Tomlinson in his Comprehensive Guide to the County of Northumberland wrote that a grocer from Alston had dreamt on several occasions that he would make his fortune by discovering lead at Slaggyford. He sank a shaft at considerable expense and commenced the excavations but failed to discover any mineral deposits.

At one time the village had its own railway station on the Alston to Haltwhistle line but this closed in 1976. The Station Master’s house is now in private ownership and the original wooden station buildings are still in place and may in the future feature as part of the narrow gauged South Tyne Railway.

One building of interest is the former Methodist chapel and Sunday school, now converted into holiday accommodation and named Yew Tree Chapel and the Old Sunday School.
Snods Edge
The very small hamlet of Snods Edge lies on the B6278 road between Shotley Bridge and the Derwent Reservoir in the County of Durham. The Church featured is St John's Parish Church of Shotley. Built in 1836 with additions of an organ chamber, mid 19th century and a chancel, 1903. Very prominant memorial to the Walton-Wilson familly of Shotley Hall. Snods Edge means hill near to a snowy place.
South Gosforth
South Shields
I recently discovered that my Grandmother came from South Shields.
South Shields Marine School
I had a guided tour around South Shields Marine School last year, especially the Maritime Simulation Centre and its an amazing place.

Simulations of a ships engine room and bridge was quite amazing with some powerful computers driving the representation of any eventuality including some dramatic weather conditions which can be selected.

Unfortunately the 'skipper' on the day managed to sail the vessel down the Tyne and end up stranded on North Shields Fish Quay.

Photographed 2nd June2015.
South Tyne - River Views
Various views of the River South Tyne.
Spillers Flour Mill
Demolition commences June 2011
Spiral Nebuka - Newcastle University
This is the listing text courtesy of the Historic England web site @

Name: Spiral Nebula outside the Herschel Building, off Haymarket Lane, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne

List entry Number: 1437126
Location Spiral Nebula, Outside the Herschel Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: II

Date first listed: 02-Aug-2016

Sculpture, 1962 by Geoffrey Clarke, commissioned by Sir Basil Spence to stand outside his Herschel Building for the Physics Department of the University of Newcastle (at that time King's College, University of Durham, becoming the University of Newcastle in 1963).

Reasons for Designation

Spiral Nebula of 1962 by Geoffrey Clarke, commissioned by Sir Basil Spence to stand outside his Herschel Building, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Artist: Geoffrey Clarke is a notable post-war sculptor who excelled at the Royal College of Art, London, exhibiting at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and the Venice Biennale of 1952, before sealing his reputation with his commissions for the high altar cross and candlesticks, a vast, suspended crown of thorns, and three nave windows at the new Coventry Cathedral;

* Aesthetic quality: a large, bold sculpture, whose modern appearance brings to mind an abstracted receiving dish, electrical coil, and antenna, the use of textured and pegged aluminium panels imbuing a hand-crafted quality and a humanity to this man-made structure apparently communing with outer space;

* Construction: Clarke pioneered a modern variation of the ‘lost wax’ method using shaped polystyrene moulds set in sand, which vaporised upon the casting of molten aluminium, a metal increasingly favoured by a number of post-war sculptors;

* Historic interest: the commission was one of a number from Sir Basil Spence with whom Clarke first worked at Spence’s Coventry Cathedral;

* Contribution to the public realm: as a good example of the commissioning of public artworks in the realm of expanding universities in the post-war era, here introducing both aesthetic pleasure and a visual indicator of the human endeavour of the physicists within the adjacent contemporary building at a time when interest in space was in the ascendant.


The Spiral Nebula, also known as the Swirling Nebula, was designed by the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke in 1962. It was commissioned by the architect, Sir Basil Spence, for the grounds of the Herschel Building (1957-62) which he designed for the Physics Department of King's College, University of Durham, later in 1963 to become the University of Newcastle. Spence worked collaboratively with Clarke on a number of occasions, notably Coventry Cathedral and Newcastle Civic Centre, their modernist styles complimenting each other. The sculpture’s title particularly brings to mind the growing interest in space amongst physicists; Britain’s first satellite, Ariel 1, was launched in 1962.