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Old March 19th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #101
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Hundreds are eager to dig into park’s history
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, March 19th 2011


THE scale of the scourge of leprosy in the medieval North East was outlined to volunteers for a project to excavate a suspected leper hospital.

More than 200 people turned up at a public meeting on plans for a community archaeological dig at Northumberland Park on the Tynemouth-North Shields border.

The target is the 12th Century St Leonard’s Hospital which, it is believed, has been preserved because the land was turned into a park in 1885. The dig and what it uncovers will be a major part of a £4m restoration scheme for the park.

“We thought the project would be popular but we were absolutely staggered by the turn-out for the meeting,” said North Tyneside Council group parks manager Jerry Dronsfield.

“It shows the level of interest people have in their local heritage and their keenness to be involved, which we welcome.”

Tyne Wear county archaeologist Dave Heslop told the meeting that when 40 acres of land, donated by the Duke of Northumberland, were being cleared for the park, workmen discovered skeletons, stone coffins, medieval walls and a tiled floor, which was reburied.


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The TBT (Tyne Bridge Tower) area of Gateshead, as it used to be . . .


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2 - Early 1900s . .


Above photo from an Evening Chronicle 'supplement' called OLD TYNESIDE, in 1971
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Please - help identify mystery object on Cullercoats beach
by Joanne Butcher, The Journal, April 9th 2011



IT IS A MYSTERY which has baffled people for years – now it’s hoped the Journal’s army of armchair detectives can solve the riddle.

Exactly what this mystery object which rose out of the sand is has long been a point of heated debate in the coastal village of Cullercoats in North Tyneside. From a fisherman’s buoy to Jules Verne’s periscope, all kinds of suggestions have been put forward for what it could possibly be.

Now, staff from Cullercoats Community Centre are appealing for Journal readers to help solve the riddle.

The object, which appears to be made from green metal, is captured on a photograph of the beach from 1888, with two little girls staring at it!

“We’ve had all kinds of suggestions, and the most likely is that it was some kind of pump for the marine laboratory. But we have no idea how it could have worked.”

The date of the photo ties in with the time the precursor to the current Dove Marine Laboratory first appeared – a primitive wooden hut built on the shore next to the old salt water baths. Erected by the Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee in 1897, it burnt down in 1904 and was replaced by the current brick lab which opened in 1908.

Many visitors think the object could have been a tide-powered pump for refilling the seawater tanks of the lab. But other suggestions the committee have received include:

A fisherman’s marker buoy;

Part of the boiler from a wrecked ship;

The tip of a tunneling drill which has come through from China;

and even the periscope of Jules Verne’s Nautilus.

“We would love to find out exactly what the picture shows,” added Frank. “We’re currently putting together an exhibition of Cullercoats’ cultural heritage and we’d like to be able to identify it in time for that.”


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Historical footage of Blyth put together for new DVD
by Vicky Robson, Evening Chronicle, April 11th 2011





THE ABOVE nostalgic scenes of Blyth bring the past back to to life.

Rare archive footage of the legacy left behind by the once prospering heavy industry of Blyth has been put together for a new DVD.

The 50-minute film – Blyth: A Journey Through Time – was created by a group of local historians from neighbouring Bedlington, to remember the town’s rich industrial heritage.

From a bustling port and breakers’ yard, to heroic rescue attempts and wartime efforts, the grainy black and white cine film dates back almost 100 years and shows what life was once like in the town’s heyday.


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Old April 15th, 2011, 01:53 PM   #105
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Evening Chronicle, Thursday 14th April 2011 . .



The below narrative is from an article in The Journal, the same day . . .

MUHAMMAD Ali showed off his delicate side in a personal message of thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The boxer visited Alnwick Castle during a stay in the North East in 1977. He toured local boxing clubs as well as taking in the sights of the area. Ali was given a guided tour of Alnwick Castle and after his trip a signed photograph taken during his time in the region arrived for the Percy family.

It is now on show as part of anniversary celebrations at the castle, and senior guide Daniel Watkins has the pleasure of showing visitors around and revealing Ali’s visit to Alnwick.

“People often stop and wonder what Muhammad Ali is doing in the castle,” he said. “It’s quite nice to be able to tell people, especially if they’re from the North East, that he did come here once. “He’s in amongst a big exhibition about the current Duke’s father as part of our celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of the Percys at Alnwick.”

“He sent the signed photo two years later as a mark of his thanks. It’s something a little bit different.” Ali’s hand-written note to the Duke and Duchess is as eye-catching as the photograph. Mr Watkins said: “He doesn’t just sign it, he adds ‘three times Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World’, he’s dated it and added the time.”

In full the note from Ali reads: “To the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Best wishes from Muhammad Ali, three times Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Service to others in the part we play for our room here on Earth. 19.11.1979, time 1.55am, Los Angeles, California.”


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Old April 25th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #106
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Search is on for old Dudley pit banner
Evening Chronicle, April 25th 2011



A CAMPAIGN has been launched to find a mining banner that has been missing for years.

The Dudley Pit banner was made around 65 years ago and became an important part of the North Tyneside village’s heritage.

It was taken by pit workers to the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic held every June and was also put on display in the summer on Sundays when the mine’s brass band played in Dudley.

The colliery opened in 1854 and employed 850 men during its hey day in the 1930s. It closed in 1977, ending 123 years of production.

After the closure, the flag stayed in the village hall for many years. But it is believed it was taken to a march in London in the late 1990s and has not been seen since then.

Now, people in Dudley say they would like to find the emblem again and have appealed for anyone who might have information about it to come forward.


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Old April 30th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #107
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Blue plaque to honour 'Angel' Winifred Laver
by Linda Richards, Evening Chronicle, April 30th 2011


Sister Winifred with the children of Gateshead on a trip to the seaside in 1960

LONG before the Angel of the North - she was standing sentinel over Gateshead.

Back in the day, Sister Winifred Laver would hire a train to take hundreds of children on a day's treat to the seaside.

Many of the poorer children of the town had never seen the sea before and it was a day they wouldn’t soon forget.

Now councillors plan to honour the beloved missionary dubbed's Gateshead's First Angel of the North by putting a blue memorial plaque at the Vine Street Mission, in Teams, she established in 1916 and worked tirelessly for more than 60 years helping the poor, the starving and the sick.

And Gateshead Council would like to invite the children pictured with Sister Winifred at the beach to join in the celebration.

The photo was taken in 1960 so the youngsters would all be 55 to 60 now.


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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #108
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Gateshead history expert performs ancient tradition
by Linda Richards, Evening Chronicle, May 5th 2011


Richard Stevenson with pupils from Oakfield Junior School

TIME was it was an annual event - but this ancient tradition hadn't been performed since 1857.

Before detailed maps, plans and sat navs the only way of checking a parish boundary was by walking it.

And Gateshead Council local history expert Richard Stevenson did just that - all 13 miles of it.

Followed by 15 history enthusiasts, Richard set off dressed in clothing from 1857, the last time the centuries old “perambulation” is recorded to have taken place.

He started at Gateshead Heritage @ St Mary’s beside The Sage Gateshead, walked west along the banks of the Tyne to Dunston Staithes, followed the course of the River Team, before heading up the hill to Chowdene, in Low Fell, where the group were met by children from Oakfield Junior School who presented him with a gift.

His route continued via Kell’s Lane to Wrekenton where the group stopped for lunch with children at St Oswald’s RC Primary, then headed through Beacon Lough, over Carr Hill and down to Friars Goose on the Tyne before turning west again and back to St Mary’s.


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Search is on for old Dudley pit banner
Evening Chronicle, April 25th 2011


A CAMPAIGN has been launched to find a mining banner that has been missing for years.

The Dudley Pit banner was made around 65 years ago and became an important part of the North Tyneside village’s heritage.

It was taken by pit workers to the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic held every June and was also put on display in the summer on Sundays when the mine’s brass band played in Dudley.

The colliery opened in 1854 and employed 850 men during its hey day in the 1930s. It closed in 1977, ending 123 years of production.

After the closure, the flag stayed in the village hall for many years. But it is believed it was taken to a march in London in the late 1990s and has not been seen since then.

Now, people in Dudley say they would like to find the emblem again and have appealed for anyone who might have information about it to come forward.


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A message from a friend of mine who isn't a member: "The banner was at Fordly primary school 6 years ago from my memory"
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A message from a friend of mine who isn't a member: "The banner was at Fordly primary school 6 years ago from my memory"

As the Chronicle article says . . .

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Anyone who can help should ring the museum on 01670 528080.
Perhaps your friend could give them a ring, I'm sure they would be grateful for any leads!!
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Call to mark 150th year of the Blaydon Races
by Sara Nichol, Evening Chronicle, May 12th 2011

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LOTS of lads an’ lassies are pulling-out all the stops to have a special date etched on the Geordie calendar.

June 9 next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Blaydon Races which, in “Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two on a summer’s afternoon” saw a cargo of characters pile on to a charabanc at Balmbra’s music hall, in Newcastle, and head for Blaydon, and a group of proud Geordies are determined that the date should see a fitting tribute – over and above the annual race which is limited to a few thousand runners – to the old song by Geordie Ridley which has become a Tyneside anthem.



The team, which includes Aidan Oswell, have set-up a website and Facebook page to highlight their campaign to get local councils and businesses to mark the event appropriately.

The song was written in 1862 by George Ridley, who later performed the catchy melody at Balmbra's Music Hall on June 9 of that year.

The website – www.BlaydonRaces150.co.uk – has now been set up to encourage Geordies to share memories of the centenary celebrations and to sign an e-petition to make sure the historic event doesn’t go unnoticed. The site said its aim was to get “Newcastle and Gateshead Councils to work together – in proper consultation with the people of Tyneside – to develop a fitting programme of celebrations to commemorate this pivotal moment in our history”.


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Cash to restore 'hidden' Victorian street in Gateshead
17th May 2011, BBC Newcastle (Tyne Website)


Gateshead's Coatsworth Road in 1910

Heritage Lottery Fund cash has been awarded to help restore a "hidden" Victorian street on Tyneside.

Coatsworth Road is one of Gateshead's oldest shopping streets, but many of the historic frontages have been obscured by modern facades.

The council has earmarked support of £1.4m, including £29,700 development funding, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to improve the area.

Work is expected to begin in 2012 and be completed by 2017.

A total of £1.9m will be invested, with just over £1.4m coming from HLF if the council secures the full grant at the second round of the application, and partnership funding making up the total.


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That could be a superb project, Coatsworth Road really could be Gateshead's beating heart
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In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part…

Now, 25 years later you can explore the archive online, see the pictures, update the information and make your mark on this fascinating record of our collective history

Having looked through the site you can get a great feel of what it would have been like living in those times (i'm 29 and I would have been 5). you also get some brilliant photos of times

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday
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Domesday in Gateshead 25 years on
16th May 2011, BBC News, Tyne & Wear Website


A shopping and social hub, Whickham's post office in 1985


IN the summer of 1985 Les Turnbull was a very excited man, trying to "comprehend the sheer scale of what the BBC were trying to do."

He had been chosen to lead the Gateshead part of an ambitious BBC project which aimed to take a written and pictorial snapshot of the UK.

Using Ordnance Survey maps, the country had been divided up into a grid of 24,000 sections, or D Blocks, and schools had been asked to document life in their particular block.

The pupils took pictures and wrote about life in the villages, towns and cities in which they lived.

Keen not to influence the result, the organisers neither told the children what to write nor corrected any regional or incorrect spelling and grammar.

Mr Turnbull thought at the time that getting children to collect and write the material gave it a simple freshness that something more professional would not have had.

He said: "The...authority were astonished at what the children had collected and got people's impressions of the area which wouldn't be given to the professional surveyor from the planning department.

"People spoke about the area and children wrote about the area in a very fresh and direct way".


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A shopping and social hub, Whickham's post office in 1985


IN the summer of 1985 Les Turnbull was a very excited man, trying to "comprehend the sheer scale of what the BBC were trying to do."

He had been chosen to lead the Gateshead part of an ambitious BBC project which aimed to take a written and pictorial snapshot of the UK.

Using Ordnance Survey maps, the country had been divided up into a grid of 24,000 sections, or D Blocks, and schools had been asked to document life in their particular block.

The pupils took pictures and wrote about life in the villages, towns and cities in which they lived.

Keen not to influence the result, the organisers neither told the children what to write nor corrected any regional or incorrect spelling and grammar.

Mr Turnbull thought at the time that getting children to collect and write the material gave it a simple freshness that something more professional would not have had.

He said: "The...authority were astonished at what the children had collected and got people's impressions of the area which wouldn't be given to the professional surveyor from the planning department.

"People spoke about the area and children wrote about the area in a very fresh and direct way".


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The post office moved a couple of weeks ago. It's now inside of the Nisa store around the corner.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #116
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Cenotaph War Memorial Whitley Bay

Good to see the a Planning Application has been made for the restoration of the War Memorial that stands on Whitley Bay Links. Just a shame that it was permitted to get into such a state!

Planning Application Ref 11/01010/LBC @ http://publicaccess.northtyneside.go...rchtype=WEEKLY

Re-pointing granite shaft, plinth, walls and steps: Replacement of stainless steel plaques with bronze

1. Masonry repairs and repointing to the granite shaft, plinth, low walls and steps of the Memorial.
2. The lifting and relaying of the granite setts forming the floor of the enclosure round the base of the plinth.
3. The cleaning, repatination and waxing of the existing bronze plaques and
decorations including repair and refixing of two damaged plaques, all related to the First World War.
4. The replacement with bronze plaques of all the stainless steel plates with lists of those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

From the Design, Access and Heritage Statement:
The Whitley Bay War Memorial is a Grade II structure commemorating the men who gave their lives in the First World War from all three armed services and the Merchant Navy. The names of all those who gave their lives in the Second World War were added in further record, so the Memorial forms the principal focus of the community’s tribute to those who died in both great conflicts.

Tyne and Wear HER (7380) describes the Memorial thus:
“War Memorial: Circa 1919. Granite memorial with bronze decoration and plaques; granite piers. Tall tapered square column. Bronze wreath decoration beneath Scotiamoulded and banded coping. Three bronze plaques on projecting panels bear the names of dead of both World Wars and commemorate the building of the memorial paid for by £7000.00 public subscription and £1000.00 from local authority funds.
Dwarf walls and semi-circular steps on North and South. Low square piers flank the steps. Twenty tapered square piers in outer circle formerly held chain.”

This description must have been made at a particular point in time after the theft of other bronze plaques, one relating to the First World War the rest recording Second World War losses. These were replaced with flat stainless steel panels with engraved lettering some filled with enamel but all of a very different character from the original bronze.

The War Memorial stands in a prominent position on the open Links opposite the Spanish City very definitely in the public eye since the Links are popular with both locals and holidaymakers as outdoor space close to the Town Centre. Since this memorial has a notable proportion of Royal Navy and Merchant Navy names it is of added poignancy that the site is so close to the sea.
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That could be a superb project, Coatsworth Road really could be Gateshead's beating heart
I'm afraid there is a long way to go though:

100_1506 Coatsworth Road by alfred stone, on Flickr

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Yep there is sadly. I used to work in Bensham and it could be a bit of a warzone at night! The area has so much potential though, so many elegant streets, nice squares and of course access to Saltwell Park.
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Team Valley Trading Estate is 75 years old this year

On 27th July 1936 surveying of the Team Valley site began, the survey party working 7 days a week for 8 weeks, often working through the night.

On 19th October 1937 Messers Orrell and Brewster Limited, haulage contractors, moved into the first factory to be officially opened on the Team Valley.

On 22nd February 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth formally opened the Team Valley Trading Estate, spending 3 hours on site and unveiling a commemorative plaque at St Georges House, attended by 500 people.

It was not long before someone described North East Trading Estate and Team valley as "the greatest achievement of industrial planning Europe has ever seen".

A MORE DETAILED HISTORY OF THE TEAM VALLEY TRADING ESTATE - http://www.team-valley.com/downloads...eam-valley.pdf


PHOTOS FROM THE VERY EARLY DAYS . . .

Team Valley only exists because (it is said) the 1936 Government, under Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, considered the area deprived, so it was granted extra development money and special status . .


In May 1936 work began and throughout August and September Surveyors were working every day and through the night, then in October the first factory opened . .


George Wimpey & Co was awarded the £80,000 contract to develop the site. Although a London company, they were required to use mainly local workers. The men you can see here will have been brought up within a few miles of this pioneering site . .



Two early photos, from shortly after The Team Valley opened . .




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Great stuff NH - couple of pieces of trivia that the PDF doesn't cover:

1. Team Valley was Europe's first Industrial Estate.
2. Kingsway was the the widest road in the UK when first built.
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