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I often look back to the times when I was in the JTC & CLB; there was a group of us young lads went from one to the other as time went by. One lad in particular, Ivan Perry, who used to live in Flash Street behind the blacksmiths. His father (Eddie) was in the CLB when we were in the JTC. When we were doing the displays at the drill hall Ivor and me being smaller lads always got the job of being at the top of the pyramids - it was great fun. In the CLB I used to enjoy the march from the drill hall to St Cuthberts Church on a Sunday playing the bugle. Dez Carter who ran the CLB was a great man and very popular with the lads. It's people like him that gave all of us so many happy memories in the 50's & 60's.

John Street

I was born at 105 John Street Blaydon on 25/8/1943. Moved to the big house above the schools on the left hand side,The Curatage. Above that was Tweddles farm; Thornton Weddle ran the farm and his brother had a butchers shop at Blaydon. I remember the picture hall just down from the railway pub, it was called the Empire and had a slopping floor. Years later it became Woolworths store. I was in; the cubs, scouts, JTC, and CLB church lads brigade, it was run by Des Carter. The cubs and scouts were run by Mr Malcom. I was in the church choir (St Cuthberts), the organist was Mr Lawton and I also rang the bells. The vicar was Reverand Duncan and the curate was Tomas Hood. Blaydon area was great for me as a boy there was always lots of things to do and it was just a long adventure from start to finish, just what boys like. Standing on one of the railway bridges when the steam... Read more

Did You Know That California is Actually in Winlaton up The Hill From Blaydon

Joe and Elsie Boyd had a house built in California, which is a road in Winlaton. At that time California was a mud track and it never did become California Road or Lane or Way... Joe 'the footballer' Boyd was my dad and he played for The Spen, a nursery team for Newcastle United. Joe was on trial for Newcastle and played with Sandy Much, a Scottish goalkeeper. During the Second World War the German planes would fly up the Tyne valley trying to bomb Armstrong's armaments factory. Due to the barrage balloons, search lights and the ack ack guns, many of the planes flew past Scotswood bridge and dropped their bombs on the surrounding countryside including Blaydon and Winlaton. Guess they flew back to Germany and claimed a successful mission. The only cinema available to begin with was the room over the Co-Op shop in Winlaton, it was a make shift affair. Mr Fisher had orange boxes with ladders over them at the front for the kids to sit... Read more

Joe Sapps

I was standing next to Joe, beside the plaza, looking down as the roofs came off Blaydon. The man had a tear in his eye, I'll never forget that day.

Summerhill Blaydon

I was born in Gas Lane, Blaydon in a house on the banks of the Tyne, next to the Black Bull Pub. I spent the first five years of my life on our small-holding on Summerhill, where we had chickens, horses and pigs. I have happy memories of playing by the burn and climbing through the derelict Summerhouse tower. I remember the miners passing the back of our house in the early hours of the morning. I have a distant memory of once seeing 'little people' down by the mill. They were quite oddly dressed and I was frightened. I remember a large house over the back of us, owned by the Robinsons. I recall an uncle was killed up at the sand pits when a pit collapsed in on him. The view from the top of the hill accross the Tyne was literally all countryside -no industry and no houses. In 1936, my father moved to London for work, taking me and my elder sister and brother with him... Read more

Whickham Cottage Hospital

I was about 6 years old when I was a patient in the Cottage Hospital when a bomb was dropped nearby. I can only remember being carried to the safety of the air raid shelter by a nurse and that next morning we found that most of the windows had been shattered. It had dropped far enough away for no one to be hurt in the hospital. Oddly enough I have quite pleasant memories of my stay there, of having our beds pushed out into a pretty garden during the day and brought in at night. I haven't been back to Whickham but must try on my next visit to the North East. Memories can become distorted over the years so I'd like to see if the place is how I remember it.

Childhood Memory

I recall moving house from the Spike, Blaydon, to a newly built house in Linden Road, Blaydon. The steps leading down from the gateway where not quite finished so my Dad had laid wooden planks down so my mum could get down to the house with the pram containing my little brother George, my sister Teresa and I where lifted down, I remember how lovely the house smelled - all brand new. We had two fires - the kitchen had a triplex range and boy did my Mum enjoy cooking with it, memory's of all the lovely smells of home made pies and bread. We had a garden too and we enjoyed all the lovely vegetables fruit and flowers my father grew there over the years. There was a park just through the cut which is still there today, I remember thinking how much we would enjoy living there. My Mum often said she was so happy to have such a lovely house to live in, no... Read more


I was born in 1941. I lived in John Street, and hold fond memories of where I grew up, childhood friends were Alan Wilkinson, Maurice White, Jimmy Best, Glines Carr. Went to Blaydon West Boys School. Left Blaydon in 1953 to live in Devon. In 1969 I went to Australia and joined the Australian Army. I would like to get in contact with anyone who remembers me. Email address:



My Great Grandparents were Joe and Ann Boyd who lived in Winlaton. Their children were Joe, Billy, George, Mary, Eliza and Annie. Thier daughter Mary married Jack Flanagan (my grandparents) on 12 September 1912 and they lived at The Garth where 9 of their 10 children were born. They later moved to 29 Springfield Road before finally moving to London in 1934.

My grandmother's sisters Eliza and Annie lived at 1 and 3 Tyne Street and ran a little shop from the front room. That little shop is now a supermarket. Uncle Billy owned the big detached house - Tyne View.

There were many relatives locally: Gerard and Mary Boyd who lived at Fell View, Frank, Agatha. Jim Flanagan who also had a shop in Winlaton, and my gran's friend Mrs Grey who lived in Clara Street.

As a child I remember holidays spent on Tyne Street and playing in the enormous garden of the 2 houses... Read more

Teenage Years in Blaydon

There was dancing at the Miners Hall, I used to love those nights, then there were three cinemas if I recall correctly, the Plaza, the Pavillion (the Pav), and another one that I can't rembember the name of, but I can remember it was near the railway and the seats used to shake when a train passed. I also remember Joe Sapps, an ice cream parlour, where we used to get drinks, soft drinks, and pack into the back end where there was a juke box, great memories.

Memories of Tyne and Wear

Pit Houses

I lived in Lemington untill 1954 approx and we lived in the front row of the Pit Row houses. We could stand outside and watch the trains going past full of coal and wave to the drivers, playing on the pit heaps, wouldn't like the washing now. There was a few rows of these houses. All lived in one room, kitchen sink in a small space off the back door and cooking at the bottom of the stairs. The street was called Loyyd St does anyone remember? My grandad and dad worked in the mines and I have fond memories of the coronation in 1953 when we all went dressed up onto wagons decorated with crepe paper in red white and blue and it rained! The family name was Williamson, we moved away in 1954 to Stoke on Trent and have only been back twice. But I really have fond memories of Lemington, going to the Methodist church Sunday and pictures with chips on the way home all out of 9p pocket... Read more

Lemington Upon Tyne, Scouting

Scouting Life during the Forties I was born in January 1936 in a large village, Lemington in Northumberland, England. Lemington bordered on the limit of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It was a working class area and the houses ranged from coal miners houses with no indoor bathrooms to new ones that were build by the council around the time I was born. My family moved in to the house, I was born in two weeks, so they had a new house and a new son. On the day I reached seven I went down to the scout hut to join the Cubs. The 1st Lemington pack, "The Lemons". My cousin was already a Cub. The Second World War was well under way and food, and other things were hard to come by. Uniforms were practically non-existent, but we managed to scrounge some triangular bandages and had them dyed lemon. We also had lemon knitted sleeves that we wore as stocking tops. The uniforms some of the scouts had... Read more


I lived in the white houses up Union Hall Road as a lad growing up. I went to school at the bottom of Lemington (Infant) then next door to (I think it was called) Newburn Hall, then to Waverley Cres, then we moved up to Claremont County Secondary Modern School at the top of Claremont Avenue.
I remember shopping with my mam at the bottom of Lemington where the Co-op was, we had all the shops - fruit, butchers, haberdashery, grocery. Next to the grocery over the road was the Lemington telephone exchange. On the other side of the road we had a fruit shop, post office and more shops before the bridge going towards Newburn.
Everything has changed now - no more Co-op or exchange, even the glassworks has gone. I can remember playing along by the pit heap, and the old coal wagons getting pulled up and down the line bring coals from the put at North Walbottle where my dad worked.
Going up the bank we used... Read more

Lemington Dance

Lemington Dance was held in a prefabricated building at the bottom of Woodburn Street, we used to go there on a Saturday and Sunday night, in fact I met my husband there. We would dance to all the 60s' music, great times. I think theres a housing estate there now. I worked at the local hairdressers (Rosemarys) on Rokeby Street further up the street from my old school. Happy days. My dad worked at the glassworks which has also gone. I lived in Claremont Avenue opposite the Paniards where yet another housing estate has been built.

As I Remember it

Lemington in the 1940s was a village that came under Newburn council, it was surrounded by fields. There were no houses to the west of Union Hall Road and Denton Avenue and none above Kirkston Avenue. There were three bars and two workingmens clubs. Scotties at the bottom of Union Hall Road, the Hairymans-The New Tyne Iron that was across the railway, you used an underpass to get there and then Sparkies-Lemington Hotel was on the corner of Northumberland Road, between them was the Comrades club. The Lemington club is on Algernon Road and Quarry. Above the club was Warkworth Street and some stables that belonged to the Stafford family. There were three fish and chip shops, Fernwood, Gladstone and Maud Streets. In Bells Close was the Catholic school and church and then Sugley Church of England, at Loraine Terrace was the old Methodist and at Unionhall and Eva Street beside the Orchard was the other Methodist church. The cinema, the Prince of Wales, was on Rokeby Street, it changed... Read more

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