The old township of Benwell, in Northumberland until 1904, included the village of Scotswood in the south west corner where it bordered with East Denton. The name Scotswood probably dates from 1367 when Richard, son of John Scott, obtained permission to enclose the west ward in Benwell which belonged to him.

Scotswood grew during the industrial revolution and provided labour for the huge Vickers/Armstrong military engineering group. The Scotswood Road, which Vickers Armstrong used to dominate, is a main route along the Tyne and is mentioned in the song "Blaydon Races".

Benwell, Scotswood and Elswick were the sites of a number of coalmines. The Montague Colliery Disaster occurred on 30 March 1925 and was caused by an inrush of water from the nearby Paradise Pit resulting in the loss of 38 lives. A memorial to the victims stands in Elswick / St. John's Cemetery. My next task is to update that page with recent photos of the memorial in the next few days. Job done.

Scotswood, like a many of the areas along the Tyne, has suffered a terrible decline in the last 30 years or so due to the death of industries causing large scale unemployment and anti-social behaviour. The area has also been the subject of many "regeneration schemes" over the years and it seems a new scheme is about to start.

My first wander around Scotswood was in 2006 and the area was in a terrible rundown state. On my latest visit in 2010 I was suprised at how much of the area has been demolished and the few remaining streets looked very tidy and quiet, not the picture of Scotswood that the media continuously portray. Large parts of the area are now what I call ghost streets after the demolition of whole streets of houses but the roads remain and it gives quite a sad, strange effect.

Thanks go out to Yvonne Young for history of Scotswood.

June 2014

March 2014

August 2013

November 2010

The few remaining shops on Armstrong Road

The few remaining shops on Armstrong Road

Big Brother is watching on Armstrong Road

Haig Crescent in the background

The Pink Palace - See YouTube video links below

The Pink Palace - See YouTube video links below

Looking up Woodstock Road

Armstrong Road

One of the few remaining properties on Armstrong Road

The latest regeneration scheme just north of Scotswood Bridge

Parmontley Street, I think

St Margaret's Parish Church, Scotswood

The old Scotswood Library

Whitfield Road

Whitfield Road

Parmontley Street with the old Scotswood railway bridge in the distance

Back lane of Parmontley Street and Shafto Street

Shafto Street

Looking down Broadmead Way

Looking up Broadmead Way with Woodstock Road to the left and right

Abercorn Road from Broadmead way

Abercorn Road from Broadmead way

The north end of Broadmead Way

Ghost street - Nutley Place looking south across Langham Road

Armstrong Road looking south with Shafto Street on the right

April 2009

BAE Systems(Armstrongs/Vickers Tank Factory) on Scotswood Road

January 2009

Denton Road looking up towards Whitfield Road

Denton Road - Excelsior School in the background

Denton Road - The old Sporting Arms pub

Denton Road looking south towards Scotswood Bridge

January 2006

Armstrong Road

Armstrong Road

Shafto Street, I think

Possibly Roberts Street but I'm not sure

Whitfield Road and possibly Shafto Street

My other photos around the Scotswood area

Staying Here
This short-documentary is the product of a close collaboration with residents of the area of Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Over the last 10 years the area has been the subject of a series of radical regeneration schemes, which involved mass demolition and clearances of many of its neighborhoods. This film looks at the landscape and the people of Scotswood today, and their efforts to be involved in the regeneration process.

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Yvonne Young said...

Great coverage and new photos.

Thanks for putting a link to my blog.

Remembering the West End in Wartime will be on at 1.00 Monday 15th Nov at West End Library, Condercum Road. Films, objects and memories of life and work during the Second World War. people will be encouraged to share their memories.

If your about call in.

Keep up the good work kidda


ILuvNUFC said...


Sounds interesting, I'll try and make it along.

Ken said...

I was born in Elswick and lived in Benwell before relocating south at an early age. I returned 'home' to go to university and spent a year living at 638 Armstrong road - long gone due to an arson attack- the photos bring it all back. We loved our year in Scotswood. The Sporting Arms was our local and we never had any bother. In fact everyone looked out for you. Hard times followed after the loss of yet more heavy industry in the 1980s and the place became a no-go area. I has shocked when I went back in 1992 and it looks worse today. I was never brave enough to have a drink in the Bobby Shafto - had a reputation as a pub full of bone heads! Great pictures and great memories of all who made us so welcome.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks, Ken.

DougalGeorge said...

What a shame that a place with such a rich industrial heritage, but with the feel of a village, has ended up like this. Let`s hope the locals end up with a say in what is built there now.

Anonymous said...

I spent my childhood growing up on woodstock road in the 90's and early 00's by far the best days of my life. Since they pulled down all the houses in that street i have never ever felt part of another community like i did back then. Everybody knew one and other and got along, neighbours were propper neighbours. You could depend on any single one of them if you ever needed to. Shame i cant say the same for any other street ive ever lived in since. Im now grown up with a child of my own and cant express how much i would love to bring up my boy in an enviroment with such a sense of community and good spirit. Sad thing is, i know that is most probably never going to happen. People just arent like they used to be. Sad but true.