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Old January 7th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #81
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Plan to restore Seaton Delaval Hall to former glory
January 7th 2011, by Tony Henderson, The Journal



NO stone is being left unturned as heritage workers bid to restore a much-loved stately home in Northumberland.

The National Trust has declared a “stone amnesty” in a bid to find missing pieces of Seaton Delaval Hall.

The trust hopes to recover parts of the hall which may have been taken away after the central section of the main hall was gutted by fire in 1822.

Other stones have been “lost” as parts of the hall and its estate mausoleum deteriorated over the years as the weather and lack of maintenance took their toll.

Stones may have ended up in rockeries, walls or been used as garden features over the years.

Cheryl Moore, hall building surveyor for the National Trust, said: “We have heard that there are some very fine rockeries in the area and rumour has it that there are garages full of stones.

“People may have made garden features out of the stone and others will have taken stone sections to stop them being damaged by vandals.

“Local people who have always looked after the hall and hold it dear in their hearts could have rescued parts of the stone so that it is not lost to the elements.

“Since the fire the hall has lost a considerable amount of stonework through dereliction and decay.

“We are asking people to return anything they might suspect to be original stonework from the hall.”


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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:24 AM   #82
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Fort to be restored with Euro funding
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, February 2nd 2011


THE RESTORATION of a historic riverside fort has been boosted by a Euro cash award.

A £45,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) has gone to fish processing company Frank Round Ltd, which will see the company relocate its works from Clifford’s Fort Moat on North Shields Fish Quay.

The move will help to bring the scheduled ancient monument back into public view and will add to work already carried out to reveal more of the structure and enhance its setting.

Later redundant buildings inside the fort have been cleared and a 1980s brick crescent of seafood processing units which stood in front of the bastion has been demolished.

The strategic fort site, at the mouth of the Tyne, is crucial to North Shields and the nation’s history.

Clifford’s Fort was built in 1672 to protect against Dutch warships and is one of the earliest surviving coastal batteries in Britain.


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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM   #83
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Steel company Davy Roll changes its name
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, February 2nd 2011



STEEL company Davy Roll, whose factory has been a prominent feature of the Gateshead landscape for 170 years, has changed its name to reflect its ownership.

It was bought by Pittsburgh-based Union Electric Steel Corporation in 1999 and will in future be known as Union Electric Steel UK Limited.

The successful steel rolling company has occupied the same site near the Gateshead Highway since 1840 and employs around 300 people.


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Old February 2nd, 2011, 01:36 PM   #84
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The price of everything and the value of nothing...

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Old February 2nd, 2011, 04:36 PM   #85
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 06:28 PM   #86
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[I]Evening Chronicle, Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Little surprised that Ray didn't include the date in October 1941, it was of course the night of the 2nd., lasting from 20.05 to 22.00.

As per usual the NE Diary 1939-45 gives a very informative and vivid details of the raid @ http://www.bpears.org.uk/NE-Diary/Inc/ISeq_24.html

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Casualties were: Sixty-eight killed including thirty-four men, twenty-two women and twelve children / one hundred and seventeen seriously injured including sixty-seven men, thirty-seven women and thirteen children / ninety-one slightly injured including fifty-four men, thirty women and seven children. Included in the above figures were one Air Raid Warden killed, two seriously injured and seven slightly injured / one Messenger seriously injured and one slightly injured / one Special Constable killed, one seriously injured and one slightly injured / one Fireman killed, three seriously injured and five slightly injured / two Firewatchers killed and one seriously injured.


I've heard the story about the Luftwaffe mistaking the concrete bridge at South Shields being mistaken for the Tyne Bridge but personally I don't buy into it on the grounds of the size difference and the fact they would know the Tyne Bridge wasn't so close to the coastline. It must have been a clear night if the escort to the bombers were able to cut the barrage balloon lines.

Also notable that the 1939-45 Diary makes no mention of the streets being 'straffed'?
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:03 PM   #87
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Davy Roll

As usual the Chronicle gives a wrong impression when it says, "The successful steel rolling company has occupied the same site near the Gateshead Highway since 1840". In fact Davy Roll only came into existence in 1969. The Close Works as the factory is called was occupied by Armstrong Whitworth until it was taken over by Davy in 1968. My uncle was the General Manager there at the time and my father worked on the shop floor. As a lad I was told that you were unlikely to get a job at the Close Works unless you were a Roman Catholic which, of course, would be illegal now. This ad from 1953 confirms that it was Armstrong Whitworth:

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There's some more photo's of that bomb damage here: http://www.donmouth.co.uk/local_hist..._air_raid.html
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This is the Jarrow development plan from 1949, interesting to see how many of the proposals actually came to fruition.



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Would Jarrow Slake have been big enough for seaplanes to take off and land? Or, I wonder, did they envisage the Slake as 'moorings' with the taking off/lading to be done on the river? But in that case, what about all the river traffic...

It would have been a fantastic sight, though.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #91
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Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial

Pleasing to read that North Tyneside Council are proposing to renovate the Grade II HARTLEY PIT DISASTER MEMORIAL that stands in the cemetery of St Albans Church, EARSDON.

Application made by Kier North Tyneside under reference 11/00228/LBC :

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Remove existing railings to Hartley Pit Memorial, Earsdon and replace with new (to an original design) and include for minor repairs/cleaning of the memorial


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 met with 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 with an 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


This is the memorial in St Albans Church:




This s the Memorial Garden:

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Old February 22nd, 2011, 11:08 AM   #92
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Activists planning to recreate the Jarrow March
by Vicky Robson, The Journal, February 22nd 2011


A new generation of crusaders are planning to follow in the footsteps of the 200 jobless men who made their way on foot from South Tyneside to London in 1936. Vicky Robson reports.

Hundreds of activists are planning to recreate one of the most iconic protests ever to be held in the wake of rising unemployment.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the legendary Jarrow March, a new generation of crusaders are planning to follow in the footsteps of the 200 jobless men who made their way on foot from South Tyneside to London in 1936.

The announcement comes from Youth Fight for Jobs, a national organisation campaigning for employment and free education for young people, after latest figures revealed youth unemployment has hit a record high


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by Vicky Robson, The Journal, February 22nd 2011


A new generation of crusaders are planning to follow in the footsteps of the 200 jobless men who made their way on foot from South Tyneside to London in 1936. Vicky Robson reports.

Hundreds of activists are planning to recreate one of the most iconic protests ever to be held in the wake of rising unemployment.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the legendary Jarrow March, a new generation of crusaders are planning to follow in the footsteps of the 200 jobless men who made their way on foot from South Tyneside to London in 1936.

The announcement comes from Youth Fight for Jobs, a national organisation campaigning for employment and free education for young people, after latest figures revealed youth unemployment has hit a record high


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That will never happen.

Nice touch on the 75th anniversary though.
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That will never happen.

Nice touch on the 75th anniversary though.
Reminds me of the "Back to Jarrow" march on 1st November 1981 which featured the original banner as well as some of those who took part in the 1936 protest.



Michael Foot was one of the main speakers and Alan Hull provided the musical entertainment, both men are now of course deceased.



More photographs from the day can be seen @ http://www.fototime.com/inv/668BC76C0E08C0C

Also some original photographs from 1936 by permission of Paul Perry @ http://www.fototime.com/inv/613295030237A18
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Sunderland Station Opening

Just found this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinzac5...th/5187320234/


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I'd never seen photos of the old ticket hall before - quite something!
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Wartime art is found at Stannington hospital
by Joanne Butcher, The Journal, March 5th 2011



A PIECE of wartime history has been unearthed at a former Northumberland war hospital.

Workers in Stannington have discovered a unique mural of Winston Churchill buried deep in the bowels of St Mary’s hospital.

The artwork, believed to date from 1943, is now set to go under the hammer to raise cash for modern-day soldiers.

North East homebuilder Bellway is developing St Mary’s, which was built as an asylum in 1910.

The Grade-II listed building has been empty since 1995, but after a lengthy planning wrangle is now being transformed into apartments.


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CREDITS could be about to roll on a new future for a historic former South Tyneside cinema.

The Palace was originally built as a movie house to serve Boldon Colliery villagers in the 1920s, and retains its original and distinctive frontage.

The building, in North Road, later became a bingo hall and social club, but has been vacant for years and its appearance has deteriorated.

Now plans to convert it into two new retail units and a restaurant have been submitted.

Members of the council’s planning committee will be recommended to agree the conversion when they meet next week.

The application is considered a “sympathetic restoration” enhancing the appearance of nearby shops.



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New guide shows hidden history of Felling
by Linda Richards, Evening Chronicle, March 14th 2011



IT is home to one of the oldest rail passenger stations in the world and counts ex-Toon ace Chris Waddle and best-selling author David Almond among its famous sons.

Felling is one of the oldest communities in Gateshead with a proud industrial heritage and is the birthplace of innovations in rail and mining.

But with the mines all gone, the community has become more well-known in recent years for its sporting achievements at Gateshead International Stadium.

Now, to celebrate what the area has to offer, Gateshead Council has produced a free pocket guide called Discover Felling.

Packed with tips on some of the places to visit, the guide highlights facts about the area’s history as well as cycling and walking routes people can follow


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Roman tablets go on show at Vindolanda
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, March 15th 2011



THE Roman Army may have carved out one of the greatest empires in history, but visitors to a Northumberland outpost will find the pen has turned out to be just as mighty as the sword.

Letters unearthed at Vindolanda in Northumberland have returned to the Roman fort from the British Museum in London.

The letters, or thin wooden writing tablets, have been excavated at Vindolanda since 1973 and since then around 1,800 have been sent to the museum. They went there because Vindolanda did not have the sophisticated facilities needed to display them.

But now the Northumberland attraction and its sister site, the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, have just re-opened after a £6.2m transformation, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and One North East. And one of the first facilities to be created as part of the revamp was an atmospheric, vault-like room with the latest environmental technology to house the letters safely.

The British Museum agreed to loan nine letters to Vindolanda and they have now gone on show. Vindolanda had to send a stream of condition reports for months to the British Museum before the letters were sent home (on loan) to Northumberland.

The letters are expected to be on loan for up to three years and it is hoped that will be followed by a rolling programme of similar loans.


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