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Does anyone agree that the Picturedrome (locally known as The Lop) was on the opposite side of Buxton Street to the building at number 1 Buxton Street?

If it is then it was later to be the site of the Ford Car Dealers who name escapes me.

By the way, discussed the building with two colleagues today and they had always thought the building had been a Methodist Chapel.

Hopefully NewcastlePubs can find an answer on Monday :cheers:
Pattisons Ford I think.
 

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Does anyone agree that the Picturedrome (locally known as The Lop) was on the opposite side of Buxton Street to the building at number 1 Buxton Street?

If it is then it was later to be the site of the Ford Car Dealers who name escapes me.

By the way, discussed the building with two colleagues today and they had always thought the building had been a Methodist Chapel.

Hopefully NewcastlePubs can find an answer on Monday :cheers:

Strakers were definitely based there at one point. Source; father who had a long association with the motor trade. It may be that Henleys bought them though - resulting in a name change.

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Was it not Henleys - another Ford dealer ?

KEN

It, on Melbourne Street, was Henly's Ford Garage, for a lot of years. I used to have many dealings with them (personal and professional) in the 1980s and 1990s.

Then, round about 1994/1995, the premises were taken over (still as a Ford Franchise) by Patterson Ford, who ran it together with their Scotswood Road and Shiremoor branches, for a few years before getting rid of it around 1998.

I bought a car from this lovely lady from Pattersons along Melbourne Street . . .

 

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I ll see what I can find out with a door knock - if it turns out it s concrete I assume that it might raise all sorts of odd questions.
If it's concrete then it must have replaced the "building with the zig-zag passage in" shown on the 1898 OS map. I guess it could just about pass as a conservative Edwardian style if it was built as a church. It's certainly not a post WW1 style building. Does anyone have the 1913/14 OS map?

I'm excited to see what you can find out about it, NP!
 

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It, on Melbourne Street, was Henly's Ford Garage, for a lot of years. I used to have many dealings with them (personal and professional) in the 1980s and 1990s.

Then, round about 1994/1995, the premises were taken over (still as a Ford Franchise) by Patterson Ford, who ran it together with their Scotswood Road and Shiremoor branches, for a few years before getting rid of it around 1998.

I bought a car from this lovely lady from Pattersons along Melbourne Street . . .

I was sure it was a pattersons when I knew it, glad I have not lost all my marbles!

Was it just left derelict after 1995 until it was developed as student housing?
 

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It, on Melbourne Street, was Henly's Ford Garage, for a lot of years. I used to have many dealings with them (personal and professional) in the 1980s and 1990s.

Then, round about 1994/1995, the premises were taken over (still as a Ford Franchise) by Patterson Ford, who ran it together with their Scotswood Road and Shiremoor branches, for a few years before getting rid of it around 1998.

I bought a car from this lovely lady from Pattersons along Melbourne Street . . .
Strakers was a long time ago, father reckons early 70s - there was discussion here about their city centre showroom - which was in what is now Chapmans, off Market St.
 

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Strakers was a long time ago, father reckons early 70s - there was discussion here about their city centre showroom - which was in what is now Chapmans, off Market St.
Stakers never occupied what is now Chapmans. They were on the opposite corner of Carliol Street where Broadacre House now stands.
 

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It was Strakers in the early 1970s, my Dad worked there and I even had a Saturday job for a time, cleaning out the trade-in vans.

It was fairly new so must have been built in the mid 1960s. The workshop was upstairs with a smaller downstairs for storeroom, offices and front showroom. It had a vehicle wash/degrease bay round the back (accessed up the side ramp to the triangular lockup yard) and underground pit for the three large compressors that powered all of the workshop air tools. Architecturally, all I recall was the workshop windows were extensive, consisting of tall, narrow frosted double-panes making a curtain wall of glass from ceiling down to hip height. From memory it was concrete slab with brick infill outside, possibly cinder block inside.

They sold commercial vehicles at that site, the Ford A Series was launched when I was there (circa 1972) and we re-arranged the large polythene letters in the Gibson Street window to say "Arses"!

From Google Earth, it looks like the building was still there until about nine or ten years ago.

(Just to avoid confusion, I'm not talking about Market Street I'm talking about Melbourne Street - I don't even recall where the other Strakers was, or even if there was one!)

I have to say that I don't recall Buxton House at all, maybe it wasn't white rendered back then...
 

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Often wondered about the original purpose of this building and from what I can see it was in the late 1800's a Beer House, although looking at the architecture this seems to be rather grand.

In 1879 John Kelly is shown as being at 1 Buxton Street as a Beer Retailer.
In 1894 William Veitch is the resident Beer Retailer and he and his wife and two children are shown on the 1891 Census as being at 1 Buxton Street.

In 1947 Jas. Woodhouse & Son Ltd were using the premises as a Warehouse.

Addendum:

Just been reading Brian Bennison's "Heavy Nights - A History of Newcastle's Public Houses - Volume Two - The North and East".

Brian indicates the beer house mentioned above as The Stag's Head, a beer house with a small bar and snug a hundred years ago but altered in 1912 and then extended in 1937 by taking in the shop next door. At the turn of the century the Stag's Head landlord was a well known sculler, William Veitch. When he died in 1908 his wife Ellen took over and ran it until the age of 75 in 1939. The Stag's Head changed hands for £8,000 in 1948 and was acquired by Nimmo's in 1958 and closed in 1965.

1959/1965/1968 sees Blackwood, Morton and Sons Ltd - Carpet Manufacturers in residence with the building renamed to B.M.K. House
Late 80s I have a feeling there was some sort of Ad agency based there.
 

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Hi I am after some info on a house that has recently come into my posession. To be more accurate, the street and area.

This is what I know. Denwick Terrace, Tynemouth is one of the Edwardian streets that run from Mariiners Lane towards Tynemouth Station. The area is bordered to the North by Kind Edward Road and to the South by the railway line and Tynemouth Road.

The Streets are all named after Northumberland villages, Denwick Hulne Brislee etc. The house that I have was bult in 1901 and though freehold, the land was owned by the Duke of Nortumberland originally.

I guess, coming 20 years after the station opened it was a kind of North East Metroland (John Betjeman style not trains)

I would love to know more, see pix of the area from the past etc.

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Cheap and cheerful hotels?

Heyyy geordies! :)

Just wondering if you could give a yorkshire friend any ideas on where to get a bed for the night?

Got a birthday party on the 11th of Feb and I've been looking at hotels in the Newcastle / South Shields areas and I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations?

Cheap and cheerful please, 3 students needing a bed each!

Thanks in advance :cheers:
 

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It was Strakers in the early 1970s, my Dad worked there and I even had a Saturday job for a time, cleaning out the trade-in vans.

It was fairly new so must have been built in the mid 1960s. The workshop was upstairs with a smaller downstairs for storeroom, offices and front showroom. It had a vehicle wash/degrease bay round the back (accessed up the side ramp to the triangular lockup yard) and underground pit for the three large compressors that powered all of the workshop air tools. Architecturally, all I recall was the workshop windows were extensive, consisting of tall, narrow frosted double-panes making a curtain wall of glass from ceiling down to hip height. From memory it was concrete slab with brick infill outside, possibly cinder block inside.

They sold commercial vehicles at that site, the Ford A Series was launched when I was there (circa 1972) and we re-arranged the large polythene letters in the Gibson Street window to say "Arses"!

From Google Earth, it looks like the building was still there until about nine or ten years ago.

(Just to avoid confusion, I'm not talking about Market Street, I don't even recall where the other Strakers was, or even if there was one!)

I have to say that I don't recall Buxton House at all, maybe it wasn't white rendered back then...
At least my old man hasn t gone ga-ga :)
 

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Heyyy geordies! :)

Just wondering if you could give a yorkshire friend any ideas on where to get a bed for the night?

Got a birthday party on the 11th of Feb and I've been looking at hotels in the Newcastle / South Shields areas and I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations?

Cheap and cheerful please, 3 students needing a bed each!

Thanks in advance :cheers:

There s about 10 miles between Shields and the city centre. Unless you have to be in Shields I d stay city centre. Travelodge often does pretty cheap advance purchase deals often 19 per rm per night. There's one on the Quayside. There are lots of traveodge/premier inn type hotels in town. However I would NOT reccommend mentioning that you re 3 student mates on the beer [or they ll want a hefty room deposit.

I ve heard good things about the eurohostel

http://www.euro-hostels.co.uk/newcastle?gclid=CIGytfSv5K0CFcxofAod11U99Q

This might also be helpful

http://www.hostelworld.com/findabed.php/ChosenCity.Newcastle-upon-Tyne/ChosenCountry.England?source=googleadwordsuktopcities&kid=279990&aid=2&gclid=COiT37ew5K0CFSgntAodazkIVQ

Albatross is also very central, as is Heroes [but don't ask me why, Heroes looks wrong].

The Bluebird and Westpark are in areas that might be a bit exciting [for ALL the wrong reasons] for students from out of town. I'm sure they're lovely but for a loose comparison I d not want to go on the beer in central Leeds and stay in a hotel in the middle of Chapeltown.
 

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I know where you mean for Battle Hill and Powder Monkey, but never came across Blackberry Hill.....whats in it's place currently?
It was on a track/wagonway that ran from near Langdale Gardens in High Howdon to Percy Main, before the Tunnel Approach Road was built. If you look at Google Maps, it would probably been right next to Narvick Way and just North of Jewsons in the Industrial Estate. The A19 follows the route of the stream that was there. I think "Blacka" Hill disappeared when they were building the A19.
 

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There s about 10 miles between Shields and the city centre. Unless you have to be in Shields I d stay city centre. Travelodge often does pretty cheap advance purchase deals often 19 per rm per night. There's one on the Quayside. There are lots of traveodge/premier inn type hotels in town. However I would NOT reccommend mentioning that you re 3 student mates on the beer [or they ll want a hefty room deposit.

I ve heard good things about the eurohostel

http://www.euro-hostels.co.uk/newcastle?gclid=CIGytfSv5K0CFcxofAod11U99Q

This might also be helpful

http://www.hostelworld.com/findabed.php/ChosenCity.Newcastle-upon-Tyne/ChosenCountry.England?source=googleadwordsuktopcities&kid=279990&aid=2&gclid=COiT37ew5K0CFSgntAodazkIVQ

Albatross is also very central, as is Heroes [but don't ask me why, Heroes looks wrong].

The Bluebird and Westpark are in areas that might be a bit exciting [for ALL the wrong reasons] for students from out of town. I'm sure they're lovely but for a loose comparison I d not want to go on the beer in central Leeds and stay in a hotel in the middle of Chapeltown.
Cheers pal! Thanks for your suggestions, I'll check them out now :)

I believe the plan is to drink a wee bit in South Shields with some lasses we met back at our university (ohhhh yeahh :banana:) and then get the metro into Newcastle town later on, I guess a taxi is an idea if theres a few of us I suppose.

Anyway, cheers! Love the comparison too haha :lol:
 

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It was Strakers in the early 1970s
I remember it as Strakers in 1975 when I took my Ford Escort in for service. I collected the car at the end of the day and drove it home. The next morning it wouldn't start and I had to get the AA to tow it back to the garage. Strakers decreed that the dynamo (or was it the alternator) had gone. I pointed out that it (whatever it was) was working perfectly before the service and they countered that it was a pure coincidence and these things can go any time. I agreed for the replacement part to be fitted and went to collect the car and they wanted me to pay a small fortune for the replacement part. I argued and the clerk advised me that they couldn't let me have the car unless I paid the bill but in a whisper he told me that if I promised to send them a cheque I could take the car away. I got the impression from this that it was not uncommon for this to happen. Very loudly I promised to send a cheque, took my car home and sent them a letter explaining why I would not be paying. It took several months and copious correspondence before they eventually accepted that they were in the wrong. For some reason the name of Strakers has always stuck in my mind, I wonder why.
 
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