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Lemington

Lemington, Bell’s Close and Sugley were adjacent villages which developed in the nineteenth century around the new industries which took advantage of the coal and clay deposits as well as the nearby water transport.

They were all part of the parish of Sugley. In the sixteenth century there was a Lamedon Mill and a Lamedon House and in 1638 the staithes at Lemendon are recorded. There was also a brickyard, tileshed, blacking factory and boatyard at Bell’s Close at this time.

In 1787 the Northumberland Glass Company obtained a lease on some land at Lemington from the Duke of Northumberland and set up four glasshouses. Glass manufacture continued on the site until 1882 when it stopped and the land was leased to Spencer’s Iron Works. Glass making moved to a different site in Lemington.

In 1797 the Tyne Iron Works was established in Lemington 'for the cast iron extracting by the action of fire in large furnaces from ironstone…… to produce everything from an anchor to a needle' but in 1869 it was taken over by John Spencer & Sons and restarted as the Tyne Haematite Iron Company in 1871 using Spanish ore. The furnaces finally closed in 1886 and in 1903 the Newcastle & district Lighting Company erected a power station on the site.

Lemington Staithes and Lemington Point were the termination of many coal wagonways including the Wylam and Wallbottle wagonways. The coal was delivered to the staithes and then dropped into the many waiting Keel boats to take it out to the collier ships anchored in the River Tyne.

In 1876 with the coming of the railways a 'new' Lemington developed 'up the bank' north of the railway line. In the same year the Tyne Commissioners cut a new channel in the river near Blaydon and the entrance to Lemington Loop was cut off and silted up. This area is now called 'The Gut'. Continuous dredging was needed to keep the staithes clear.

By mid nineteenth century Lemington Point was the finishing line for skiff races starting at either the Tyne or Scotswood Bridges. The famous oarsman, Harry Clasper, frequently entered these races.

There was an island at Lemington Point which was locally known as 'Canary Island' during World War I because of the effect cordite had on the skins of the munitions workers. The land was reclaimed after World War II and in 1958 the Anglo Great Lakes Corporation Ltd. Built a plant for the conversion of carbon into graphite for use in the nuclear industry. This was the beginning of the Lemington Industrial Estate.

Holy Saviour Church was originally called Sugley Parish Church when it was built in 1837. It was designed by Benjamin Green and is unusual because it is oriented north-south, rather than east-west, to avoid an unused pit shaft underneath it. The Parish Day School was attached until 1937 when it closed. There were three churches in the area. 1838 a Weslyan Chapel was built by the Keelmen who ferried the stone form Heworth in Gateshead and in 1868 St. George’s Roman Catholic Church was built with an attached school, which is still in use.

On 12 July 1875 Lemington Station opened on the Scotswood, Newburn & Wylam Railway. On 15 September 1958 the station closed to passengers and on 4 January 1960 the station was closed to goods, but the lines weren't lifted until 1992, when the Ever Ready battery factory in Newburn closed.

Description harvested from Lemington Heritage


Lemington Glassworks Cone

Lemington Glassworks Cone

Lemington Glassworks Cone

Lemington Glassworks Cone

Lemington Glassworks Cone



Lemington Methodist Church

Lemington Methodist Church

Lemington Methodist Church



The Parish of the Holy Saviour - Sugley

The Parish of the Holy Saviour - Sugley



St Georges RC Church

St Georges Primary School RC



The Lemington Centre

The Lemington Centre



Lemington Labour Club

Lemington Labour Club



Waverley Park Doorstep Green

Waverley Park Doorstep Green

Waverley Park Doorstep Green

Waverley Park Doorstep Green

Waverley Park Doorstep Green



Lemington Road Area

Looking north up Northumberland Road

Newburn Sea Cadets

The old Lemington Hotel



Lemington Middle Club

Lemington Middle Club



Valley View Play Area

Valley View Play Area

Valley View Play Area




Waverley Lodge Care Home

Waverley Lodge Care Home



Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut

Remains of Lemington Power Station

Some of the remaining Lemington Staithes visible through overgrown plants

Lemington Gut

Lemington Gut



Lemington Streets
Mouse-over for the street names

Rydal Street

Looking east on Quarry Road

Kielder Road at its junction with Henlow Road

Blyth Court

The shops on Tyne View

Rokeby Avenue

Rokeby Avenue

Union Hall Road and Eva Street

Union Hall Road

The route of the now dismantled railway

Valley View

Union Hall Road



Riverside Way area












Lemington from across the Tyne in Blaydon





More information:
Lemington Newburn Heritage on the Web - Home
Ward News - Lemington
Wikipedia - Lemington Glass Works
Northumberland and Newcastle Society - Lemington Glass Works
Subterranea Britannica: Lemington Station
The Lemington Centre



OLD PHOTOS OF LEMINGTON



select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo showing one of the large segmental arches at the base of the glass cone being reopened.
Image from October 1992.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo showing a wooden staith and the old power station at Lemington Gut.
View from the southwest.
Image from 24 November 1968.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photograph showing a section of the North Eastern Railway Scotswood, Newburn and Wylam Branch running through Lemington.
View from the west.
Image from 3 March 1968.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo looking at the junction of the glass cone and adjacent works buildings. Behind the red door marked 'KEEP CLEAR' is the entrance of the tunnel to the glass cone furnace hearth and ashpit.
Image from July 1972.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo looking at the scaffolded cone of Lemington Glassworks during restoration works.
View from the west.
Image from October 1992.
©SINE Project








select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo looking at the cone and sheds of Lemington Glassworks, with a number of pigeon crees in the foreground.
View from the southeast.
Image from 24 November 1968.
©SINE Project








select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectPortrait photo looking at the upper part of the Lemington glass cone.
mage from September 1972.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo of housing to the north of Lemington Glass Works, built for glass workers.
Image from September 1972.
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Landscape view of the No.4 furnace from the interior.
Image from 9 January 1973.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo of Lemington Glassworks c.1900. The cone to the left of shot is the only surviving element of the site.
View from the southwest.
Image from around 1900.
©SINE Project




select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the lower half of the glass cone at Lemington, with blocked arches visible behind a wall.
View from the west.
Image from September 1972.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLemington Glassworks with workers' housing in the foreground. The surviving glass cone is to the right of shot.
View from the northeast.
Image from around 1900.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo showing the reheating of a blown gather in the ‘glory hole’ of a glass melting pot, using an annealing furnace.
Image from 9 January 1973.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the Lemington glass cone, with a small Police station in the foreground. View from the west.
Image from September 1972.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo showing the unblocking of a segmental arch at the base of the glass cone, revealing a possible lehr (annealing furnace).
Image from October 1992.
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select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at a reopened arch at the base of the glass cone from inside.
Image from October 1992.
©SINE Project






select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo of the Anglo Great Lakes Graphite Plant.
Image from August 1972.
©SINE Project






select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the remains of the quayside at Tyne Iron Works.
View from the south.
Image from March 1976.
©SINE Project





26 comments:

lawrence said...

Another great set, Steve.

Regards
Lawrence

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.
I had no idea Lemington was so big so it took me 3 visits to capture it all!

Alan Watson said...

Great information. I lived in Lemington for 23 years.
I am trying to find information on the Lemington Mission where my grandmother and mother used to attend.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.
I'm afraid I don't know the area too well as I am an east end lad but I do have a good friend who lived most of his life in Lemington. I should see him some time in the next week or so so if you hav'nt heard from me here in a week or so then get in touch by email. My address is in the sidebar.

Loraine said...

Hi. Great pictures of Lemington! My Dad was brought up on Lucker Street which seems to have been pulled down and my Grandad had some kind of shop in the vicinity but I'm going back to the 1950's now! I'd have loved to have gone back to see where he was brought up and unfortunately can't ask him for any info as he died in 1986. I'm wondering if anyone tell me where Lucker Street used to be (off Union Hall Road?), when it was pulled down and what's on the site now? Many thanks.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.

Hopefully one of our readers can help you out. If not I have a friend who was brought up in Lemington I see occasionally and I will ask him for you.

ILuvNUFC said...

I had a word with my friend who lived in Lemington about a couple of questions posed in these comments.

@ Alan Watson: He does'nt remember a Lemington Mission but at a guess he would said it maybe what is now called the Alan Shearer Activity Centre. Video here The Alan Shearer Centre.


@Loraine: I'm told Lucker St is now demolished and it is now a field which is shown in the second photo down under the heading "Lemington Streets".

liz said...

I was born and grew up in Lemington and still visit myrelatives there.
Great to see photos of the place.
Brought back many great memories -- thankyou!

ILuvNUFC said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit :)

Macebearer said...

Ebay currently has a postcard of the Lemington MIssion football team c.1925 taken outside a building. I am Publiciity officer for the Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) History Group and it came up when I ran a search for items that might be connected with my neck of the woods. Hope this is of some interest - I have enjoyed learning about Lemington from the website, best wishes to you all. Alan Griffin

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks :)

Loraine said...

Thanks for the info on Lucker Street ILuvNUFC. It's good to know for certain what happened.

Love the website by the way and looking at all our history. Your hard work is certainly appreciated by me.

ILuvNUFC said...

You are most welcome and thanks for your kind words.
Check back here occasionally in case any readers add any more answers to your question. This often happens months or years after a question is posed.

Dave said...

Hi

Excellent web-site. I was born in Lemington in 1957 and moved away in 1981 and this brings back many fond memories.

Just one thing I noticed in your pics of 'Lemington Streets' you have two which are captioned "Blyth Court, I think". The lower of the two is definitely Blyth Court but the upper one is Kielder Road at its junction with Henlow Road.

Cheers.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks for your kind words about the site and I'm glad it brought back some memories, all good I hope!

Thank you also for the correction, I'll fix it now. :)

PillarBox said...

seeking information about the last house on Northumberland Road 'Northumberland House'....confirmation of whether this was an undertakers in the 1900s.
Thanks
Paul
info@pillarboxmedia.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I lived in maude street in lemington and im trying to trace any information about the little baptist church that was on union hall rd , it is now a care home i believe can anyone help me plz as im trying to find where the christening records would have been held for that church

Jacqueline Irving said...

Hi I lived at number 1 Front Street from 1957-1967. Our home was flooded in and around 1966-67 and I wondered if you had any pictures or information about this. I know it was due to lorries dumping their loads onto the old water main which ran behind the old railway line. The pipe burst and our homes along front street cottages were all flooded. I remember the Chronicle footage as my father at the time was on night shift with the GPO and had to be piggy backed by firemen to the house and then had to climb up the firemans ladders to gain access to the bedroom where my mum myself and younger sister were trapped. We lost everything in the flood except for our budgie who was found floating in his cage in the living room which was filled with 12' of water. We had to be rehoused to Clark's Hill Walk in Newburn and mum and dad were left penniless as had no insurance at that time except for fire and theft. I would be very grateful if you could find anything from my past as both parents have died and I have no photographs of my past or childhood. Thank you so much x

a heron said...

I lived in lucker street from 1943-1962 the back str was an extension of algernon rd above the middle club with ingoe str behind it Albert heron

Anonymous said...

hi all my twin brother and i lived in linnel drive from 1957 -1965 anyone know the area?

Dotty said...

Hi I lived in Lucker Street and moved to Meadow Road about 1965, It was pulled down in slum clearance a few years after that.The square when I lived there always had lots of lorries on it and it looks much better now. Have enjoyed looking at the photos- thank you. Dorothy Hartnell (nee Anderson) I think it was a Methodist church on Union Hall Road, there used to be two in Lemington. The records are probably held at Morpeth I think the N
orthumberland records office is there

Alan Watson said...

With regards to the church on Union Hall Road it was a Methodist Chapel. It was a choice between Algernon Road Methodist Chapel or Union Hall Road Chapel closing at the time and Algernon Road won. My father was Sunday School Superintentent at Union Hall Road. Unsure where all the records were kept. A Registrar was required for weddings at Union Hall Road but not at Algernon Road as they had a safe to keep their records safe.

With regards to Linnel Drive my Aunt and Uncle lived there, and we ended up living just around the corner in Broadway.

V ARMSTRONG said...

hi I also have lived and went to the schools in lemington. was your mam a dress maker Dorothy as I think she made my wedding dress in 1968.i lived at 23 ingoe street from 1958 until I got married in 1968.i think I remember alan Watson and the heron family.my name is Valerie Armstrong nee peart .my dad George peart and others rang the lemington globetrotters jazz band does any one else remember them valerie

Ian N said...

I lived in Wellington Street ,born 1950 till 1971, My sister still lives on Valley View. I remember the Prince of Wales when it was a cinema. Great pictures that, though the place has changed, still evokes fond memories. Especially spending most of my childhood in the 'Dene' and latterly at Riverside Boys club

Alan Summerbell said...

Hello Dorothy
I remember going to your house in Lucker Street with my Mam when I was about five years old,as your Mam was making clothes for her. My dad was Raymond Summerbell who had worked at the Glass Works,then later at Stella North Power Station. We lived in Medburn Road then,and my auntie Peggy (Wigham) lived down the street from you in West View. We attended Algernon Road Primitive Methodist Church. The United Methodist church was near you on Union Hall Road.
Just wondered if you remembered us?

Alan Summerbell

Alan Summerbell said...

Hello Alan
Are you the Alan Watson who lived next door to my Auntie Peggy in West View?
Alan Summerbell