what does a father tell his son?..... proud of my heritage and all my river had to give and to take from the sons and the daughters of newcastle. in our hearts forever. the memory will live on.....dionne o'keefe. my granfather worked for vickers....my heart belongs to the tyne. 26.04.07
Yeh I know the feeling.Thanks.
The only English city worth living in today. (I say English in due deference to Edinburgh...)
Cheers :)Aye Edinburgh is quite nice too. I was up there a couple of years ago with the family and I hope to get back sooner or later.
Hi, Enjoyed the pics,brings back happy memories,lived on Walker Road in my young days,great times playing on the river bank,left Bolam St school in 1956 got my first job in the time office at Swan Hunters,Wallsend.Proposed to my wife on the beach at Whitley Bay.Now live on the Wirral.North West. all my relatives still live in Newcastle. Regards. George Carr. www.shipsoldandnew.fotopic.net
Helo and thanks. Funnily enough my next post will feature Walker Road and it's current demolition.My wife also went to Bolam St School although a little later than you.
The images of Newcastle and area are brilliant... great work! I was standing under the Westgate Hosse foundations in the 1970s as a member of SOC'EM (Save Our City from Environmental Mess) immploring people to sign a petition to prevent the construction of this monster and also to save Eldon Square - we failed. But I hope planted seeds of preservation. Wonderful that it has gone in my lifetime... also the hideous library. The previous Victorian building was superb. Next? The Civic Centre hopefully.. our creamy sandstone ashlar buildings make the stark Portland stone appear stained,ugly and faceless. The development at the Newcastle Brewery building looks promising in the early designs. Keep on snapping.Andy Griffin
Thanks. :)There was a hell of a lot of great buildings that got flattened back then which was a real shame. I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies though. Imagine if T. Dan Smith had of flattened Grey,Grainger or Market Street?I believe next up for demolition is the Norwich Union house next to the now gone Westgate House and I'm sure I read somewhere that there is a hitlist which includes the monstrosity over the street next to the old Odeon Cinema.I reckon the worst part is as you come into Newcastle from the Tyne Bridge which includes the recently redeveloped Swan House. The monstrosity (there's that word again) at the bottom of the east side of Pilgrim St is just horrendous. Lets hope that goes in the planned redevelopment of that area.You're right about the Civic Centre. It really does look awful these days although I think the current thinking is that the people in charge actually like the Civc Centre! So I'm assuming that that will be the last to go. Can't come soon enough for me.I've got hundreds of photos and areas to be added to this site in the future so keep checking back.
I love your photos. I was just there in May, but far too briefly. Hope to make it back sometime.
Excellent pictures that brought back so many memories that i must go back for a visit!
I looked at your pictures of Newcastle and surrounding areas and became quite homesick although I left there 40 years ago! Thanks for the memories
You are most welcome. :)
I travelled through Newcastle two years ago while on holiday from the U.S. I was very impressed with the city. Your website is wonderful and brought back alot of good memories.
Hi - really enjoyed browsing your site. I've not lived in Newcastle for 24 years, although still go back regularly to visit family. Gosforth,Kenton and Jesmond especially bring back memories having lived or worked in one or other of them. Great site - will keep checking back for updates. Thanks.
Thanks. I plan to get out to Gosforth and the rest of the north of the city more this year.
I just got a ton of information on the area related to my Aunt, Jane Heatly Potts who was buried in St John's cememtery. I have info on John Parks, Dewar, and other families in the area. If you are interested please write to me.Jamie Peacockpeacockpeacockpeacock@hotmail.com
Will do, thanks.
Hi lived Denton, Kenton Longbenton, and Battle Hill visited Gran n Grandas every Saturday Welbeck rd and Finsbury ave love the photos all remind me of me owld toon. Wasnt Hank Marvin born Walker I'm sure my Dad called on his Father somewhere in Walker through his work. Supported NUFC since 1959 (6yrs old) had the few ups and many more downs that has given and isnt it just about NUFCs luck to be bought by the stingiest billionare in the world Typical
Hello and thanks for signing the map.Most of the places you mention I have not got around to photographing yet. Maybe when the weather picks up I'll get out to those far flung corners of Newcastle! :)I'm not sure about Hank Marvin, can anyone else answer this question?Following NUFC is akin to some kind of lifetime sentence :) I was born a couple of years after the Fairs Cup so I've seen even less ups than you. I think Ashley has no idea what this club means to us and to watch it fall apart through a lack of leadership on and off the pitch is terrible. I now know why we signed Shola on another 3 year contract it was because we were preparing for life in the lower leagues!Keep the faith. The one thing for sure is that we will all still be here long after the cockneys have got bored with the club and sloped off home.
Visited Newcastle in May 2008 for the first time in 25 years. I was just in time to see my old flat before the wrecking ball demolished it a couple of days later. Loved your pictures of St. Lawrences Square, they brough a lump to my throat and stirred my childhood memories. Keep up the good work.
Hello. I was born in Byker and found that your site has brought back alot of memories. Excellent work. Thank you.
Thanks. I'm still looking for old photos of Byker if you have any that you would like to share.
Hi there. I really enjoyed your photos. Looking at familiar places, and some not too familiar. I was shocked and saddened to see the terrible state of Cherry Knowle hospital in Sunderland. I did part of my nurse training in the early '90s there and it had some beautiful buildings and interesting bits. What a shame. Alyson
Thanks. The photos of Cherry Knowle were taken almost 18 months ago and now it is supposed to be totally wrecked.
Does anyone out there have old pictures, I miss the scene's from the late 70's and 80's Hamleys on Northumberland St, the Wimpy and Boydells toy shop in Eldon Square! I have lots of memories of places long gone like the ABC on Shield's Road and Michael Parishes, hopefully there are pics out there.
DEAR SIRGREAT PICS SEEN SOME OLD SITES BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF LAUGHS FROM 1972 WINDY NOOK SCHOOL IN 72 HEARD ITS ALL GONEMUST BE COLD THERE BUT ALL GEORDIES ARE TUFF STUFFLOVE SIMON STAY WARM
Thanks, I don't know Windy Nook to well but I may get over there one day.Aye, I'd call it rather fresh at the moment! :)
Hows it going ILuvNUFC, just signed the map, hows the weather looks like its a bit chilley lad by the cammeras on the bridge. its very hot here 30 and 98% humidity.will have to send you some pics from here of gateshead hexham & jesmond & the toon,lots of geordies here in newcastle thinking of geting a gerodie club going for a laugh with the lads stay warm.ps the fonz is cool but the geordies are cooler.love simon
Thanks, you lucky lad.The weather is positively tropical at the moment as it has got above freezing in the last couple of days for the first time in ages! Got some photos of Heaton Park in deep snow coming up on the site soon. And some of us were even wearing coats. ;)
Just found this web site, its absolutely amazing. Some of the photos are excellent. Keep up the good work. The bobby robson St James photos brought tears to my eyes..LB
I really love this website, amazing. I now live in Canada but my heart will always be in Northumberland, miss it so much. My Dad was a pit manager in the Rising Sun mine in Wallsend. I was born in Wallsend and live in Longbenton, Benton, Holy Cross and my Gran and Granda were from Byker, oh happy days. Mum went to Jubilee street school in Byker and I have great memories of the Hoppin, the market at the Quayside on a Sunday Morning, I love the Magpies and all of the pictures bring back so many memories. Thanks for the memories:-)
There is some really nice pictures on here, its nice to see them as i miss living in England, i am originally from Chester-le-street but i moved to Krakow, Poland 3 years ago as i got a Polish wife. These images bring back memories of living there and its always nice to see whats changed.So please keep posting images :)
Thanks.And I will :)Check on the home page for the latest updates.
Not sure how I ended up on your site really, my family came from Jesmond with many of then buried now in St Andrews. It was fascinating to see the names although our grave does need updating now since you must have compiled your list pre-1990. I'm sure something like this though will be a wonderful resource in the future with the pssage of time, many of the names fade and become known only to God.....
Thanks but I did'nt compile that list. I just linked to it.
Visiting from Toronto, Canada
Although I am not a native to your region having only lived here for 6 years I certainly enjoy your history. As I live in the Denton road area is there any chance of some old photos of my area, Cheers
Thanks.Old photos depend on people sending their own copies to me to put up here.There are some here though Old Pictures Of Newcastle's WEST END.
Thanks for the photos of old West End, very interesting. Has anyone got any old pictures of Fawdon and Coxlodge? I'd be interested in seeing those if anyone can help!
Thanks for the memories,wonderful photographs,I used to work in Robinsons Pet Stores,in Clayton St.in 60's worked with great people,Left to work in Canada in 1963.Smashing site and enjoying my tour,keep on clicking.I lived near Stanley,Co Durham,would love to see pictures of that area,Plan to be back soon.Cheers.
We were brought up in the Bensham area of Gateshead, now live in Macclesfield and have been here for twenty years. When my husband retires in three years time we fully intend going back home to the North East where all of our memories are. Thank you for these wonderful pictures!!!
B.orn 1936 Denton Ave Lemington. We used to climb the Iron Railing at the end of Farnworth next to the council yard to get into the dene were we would build camps and use Acorns as shot for our catapults to defend our camps from raiding gangs. The Birch trees were named King and Queen trees. the Ash opposite the Vicarage made good bows and the Elder Berry bush spears. We ran up and down the steep banks no problem, we never needed keep fit classes those days. The long tunnel under the railway took us into Bell Close Dene were we would walk the high pipe. Those days are gone but they still hold fond memorys.
whenever I feel homesick, I visit here, thank you for sharing all your wonderful photos, and allowing me to use one on my blog (eldon Square panoramic view) after my recent trip.
Making a slide show for my parents of when me and my brothers were kids. Was looking online for pics of Monkseaton and WBay and google brought me here. Wow, what a collection! Been 30+ years and still looks the same. Live in California, US, now. Went to Kings School, Tynemouth, (Briardean Monkstn before that) took the train to school every day (do kids still do that?). Would love some pics of the W Bay promenade, amusement arcades, sand dunes in Blythe, Norman Keep in Newcastle, fabulous site, amazing photos, howay the lads!
Thanks for your kind words.Aye, kids still take the train to school but it's the Metro nowadays.There are plenty of photos of Whitley Bay and some of Blyth here Photographs of North Tyneside. I plan to visit Blyth for some more photos when/if the weather picks up. It's been a dreadful, wet summer up until now.
Hi, does anyone remember the Atkinson family, around 1929-1956, Ethel and william was the mum and dad, children Yvonne , Lilian pat, Brenda, Ruth and Anthony ? I am doing research and know some of them went to Bolam Street school, did you go the with any one them or play with them? It's for family tree research, trying to trace the addresses around this time. I know 83 Monkchester Road was one add in 1948! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Pease email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be better off leaving this comment on my Bolam St School page as more people will see it there.
My grandmother Sarah Annie Jubilee Taylor used to work at Vickers during WW1, in 1917. Any Taylor's relatives out there to connect with. My mother was born at 418 Westgate Road in 1916. My mother got to know an Arthur Madsen at Vickers and went on to marry him in 1917. She had a previous marriage in 1913 to an Albert Barrett of Amble. They had one child Sarah I Barrett. He was killed in France in 1915.
Hi, clicking on your Guestmap to leave where I live didn't seem to work for me, I was able to zoom right in to the exact spot but couldn't find where to click to get a pin to stick in it. I'm in New Zealand & researching my children's grandfather's place of birth which was Horsley near Ovingham, his name was William Common and his grandfather (also Wm) was a joiner & cartwright & must have built a lot of houses in the area, in his will he left five houses to his children. I was looking to see if you had any photos of Horsley but couldn't seem to find any, I expect you blinked and missed it! There seems to have been only 98 houses there in 1870 so not a large village. Anyway if you have been that way in your travels & have posted any photos while you were there I'd love a pointer to where they are thank you.Great website, keep up the good work, I'm really enjoying visiting a place I doubt I'll ever get to see in person.Cheers....Dawn in NZ
As of yet I've never been to Horsley but I may one day.Thanks for the kind words.
I taught at Bolam St. Junior School from 1954 - 1957 . I left to go to Canada. I remember some of the names of the students I taught, in no particular order ; Mary Pearce, Pat Watson,Hilda Foster, Patricia McCartney, Terry Bell, Douglas Ferguson,David Robson and so many others whose faces I see but do not recall their names. I am almost 80 yrs old now, but I very much enjoyed my time with these students.
What a great site! I am researching my ancestors who emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1800's and find my great-grandfather was born in Newcastle. I'm hoping to plan a trip soon and would love any information on the area. The last known address in the 1881 census is 3 Pit Lane, Westgate District, Northumberland, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I would be grateful for any information you can provide on the current address of that location. Thanks for this page - I love the photos!!Kathleen
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