East Boldon photos
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East Boldon maps
Historic maps of East Boldon and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all East Boldon maps
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Memories of East Boldon
Nothing Had Changed When I Left The UK in 1975
This photo is exactly as I remember the place from the 1960s and 1970s. On the horizon is the rail station with it's level crossing. Used to ride to the station from the other (Cleadon) side after school as a kid and collect the numbers of trains hurtling through the station. Always excited by the fast express trains which did not stop of course as they were heading from London to Edinburgh!
The buildings on the right housed our local doctor, Dr. Kinsella in a surgery on the top floor. Cleadon did not have any doctors in those days, so our parents brought us here if we got sick.
Tyne and Wear memories
Photograph Circa 1890
I have an old photograph and I believe it is this street before some of the buildings were built and it was taken further down. However, the Church in the background is the same. John Oswald Clazey and his family are gathered at a place called Boldon House on the back of the photo. There is a picture of the family in the back yard and then a photo of them in the front by a brick wall of sorts. I am more than happy to provide a copy if there is any interest.
In about 1960 this spot was a hang out for the local teenagers - myself being one!
Out of the pic and to the left was a youth centre run by the church (the local vicar lived next door to that) and after doing whatever we did there (chatting up girls mostly!) we would congregate at the village pond, the railings of which are seen at left of the pic.
I remember the local Mr. Plod on his bike would often come and chase us away - but as soon as he scarpered we would be straight back there!
The large building at top right of the pic became the Britannia Pub - think it still is?
I am seeking information on a house named "Howdenside" or something similar in Whitburn Road during the period 1899-1926. My great uncle Robert Charles Atkinson gave it has his address when he went to Cleadon in Nov 1899 just prior to marrying a Mary Ellen (Mollie) BROWN. Mollie gave it as her address when she visited in 1926. However the 1911 census has the occupier as a Mr Robson. I would love to know the connection
Going to Open Air School The Lonnon
I am searching for photos or maps as it was such a happy and carefree time. I have three photos.
The Railways of Boldon
I can remember setting off to London to see my sister from Boldon Colliery station and this started my interest in railways. I was hooked and was a regular at the station in the years of 1959 to 1963, trainspotting and being amazed by the variety of trains passing through. Several diverted trains and extra traffic workings were regular on this line and this was interesting to the spotters.
Added interest was the Tyne Dock to Consett line with long heavy coal and ore trains. Although these were heavy frieght workings by regular locos they were a sight to be seen. A 9F battling its way with full ore wagons, billowing smoke and heading to Consett, showed the power of these workhorses.
At Boldon station the V2s pulling the mail, paper and semi express trains were a magnificent sight from a distance, then the diesels were starting to take over, thus adding more interest.
So Boldon has seen the most types of trains that ran in the North East... Read more