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Walker - St Anthonys Estate and Welbeck Road

Walker is a residential suburb just east of the centre of Newcastle. Walker's name is a hybrid of Old English and Viking Norse, "Wall-kjerr", where "kjerr" is Norse for "marshy woodland". The name therefore means "marshy woodland by the wall", where the wall in question is of course Hadrian's Wall.

Most of the photos on this page are taken in an area between Welbeck Road and Walker Road which is only a small part of Walker. Other parts of Walker will follow at some stage.

Walker is notable for Walker Park, the Walker Riverside Park, and the Lady Stephenson Library.

Walker is also the birthplace of Eric Burdon lead singer of The Animals & later War. The Animals recorded a song called "Gonna Send You Back To Walker"

Another Walkerite, the author, journalist and broadcaster Keith Topping, titled one of the chapter's in his novel The Hollow Men, The St. Anthony's Chinese Takeaway Massacre.

The Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi grew up in Walker and played his youth football for the local team Walker Central.

Text harvested from Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne - Wikipedia

Walker Road
The County pub on Walker Road

Walker Road

Walker Road

Walker Road

Welbeck Road

Welbeck Road

Welbeck Road

Welbeck Road

Welbeck Road


St Anthony's Road


St Anthony's Road

St Anthony's Road

The site of  the old Gloria

Looking up Birds Nest Road


Monkchester Road


Monkchester Road

Monkchester Road

St Vincent's RC Primary School


The Rec' - The home of Walker Central FC


The Rec' - The home of Walker Central FC

The Rec' - The home of Walker Central FC


And finally a couple of photos taken at sunrise in the area a while back.

Sunrise

Sunrise

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another great collection.

I grew up in Walker, just round the corner from almost all those pics you did.

Regards
Angelus71

ILuvNUFC said...

I also spent a lot of time around there in the 70's as a lot of my family lived just off the Rec.

Anonymous said...

Would it not be good to take a photo from Walker road across to Gateshead and Newcastle now that the houses are down before they are re-built
excellent site

ILuvNUFC said...

They started building the new houses while they were demolishing the old ones. I have a few photos of the construction and they should appear here sometime soon.

Have you seen my Walker Riverside and Walker Road Demolition pages?

Anonymous said...

ahhh my old stomping ground looking for pics of old east walker school bottom of welbeck road/bath street where i went in the 50s n 60s great little school and wanting to show my kids where i went to school and lived in bath street any one help//?//

ILuvNUFC said...

Would I be right in saying it was demolished in recent years?

You could try a search on Structural Images of the North East as they have a lot of old photos.

Phil K said...

I would love to have some old photos of welbeck rd, White St Neptune Rd area from the 50s and 60s - when the Riverside line was operating, paticularly East Walker School (my old school) that long ramp-line of long steps down to Welbeck Rd and Calabountin's Fish Shop on the opposite side of the road, the off-liscence and betting shop a little further north, and the timy little green shack near the Neptune yard (where I worked) at the bottom of Welbeck Road, and the Gents and Ladies toilets at the bottom of Welbeck Rd. (Still there at beginning of 80s although not for us)
Actually, thats a point. There were public toilets on Church St, behind a Welbeck Rd church I remember, there was public toilets all over the place. Handy if you were caught short. Walker Park had them, Glasshouse Bridge, Opposite the old Gibson St Baths on New Bridge St (That's still there, but theres TREES where the urinals used to be now - you can see them as you pass on the bus towards the town after St Dom's catholic church)
Actually, got me thinking that. A subject for discussion tonight over a few jars !

ILuvNUFC said...

I do have some old photos of West Walker School but not East Walker.
Send me an email and I will send you some old photos of Walker.

It would seem, according to the authorities, that the more time goes on the less we need the toilet! :)
I think I can remember the ones on New Bridge St, just.

Angie said...

Hi,
A very impressive set of photos.I'm not from Newcastle myself but my husband is.He has told me that you did give him permission to use some of your photos.His name is George Carr.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks. :)

Joan Large said...

I grew up in the early 1950's in a Prefab in Greenford Road? Anyone else do the same? Lived really close to the Gasometer?? Would love to see some old photos of that street/area. Moved to Fawdon to the new estate there around 1954.

Sandy said...
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Sandy said...


I was the caretaker's son of East Walker School - happy days!
Sandy

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Anonymous said...

Grew up in St. Anthonys and went to Warrier Street school from early 50's - remember so much from these photos.