Does anyone have any photos of old Shiremoor as I remember it in the 1960s? The fibreglass factory, the brickworks, the Methodist chapel and the colliery rows, old Emerson Place, the area behind the Blue Bell. The dolly washer on the pit heaps behind Stanton Road, the burn that's now in a pipe that I used to dam and flood the fields! Best playground a young kid could have, no wonder kids now have nothing to do, no pit ponds even... That whole area was great to grow up in, there were loads of old buildings to play in and ponds to raft on. The place is sterile now and heartless and soulless too.
Memories of Tyne and Wear
I was born and lived in Forest Hall. My father Gerry Malone was also born in Forest Hall, his cousin Jimmy Malone, lived in West Allotment, he used to sing in a lot of social clubs around the area, and also in West Allotment Social or Working Mens Club. I was told that he had a wonderful voice. Sadly he passed away a few years ago. Does anyone remember him?
I Was Born There
Does anyone know or have any photos of Foster Avenue in Murton? I think it had a nick-name of 'Wembley estate'. I was born there, my nana and granda lived in the village, Bob and Nella Young. I used to go to stay with them in the summer holidays.
1949 - 1961
I lived at Station Road in Murton and remember playing with my best friend, Doreen, down the bakery and in Windes Lodden. Does anyone remember my dad, Walter Simpson Smith, who was born at Cold Hesleden? I also went to Murton Girls Secondary School which is no longer there.
Fifty Years or so Ago.
I lived on Hesleyside Road, Wellfield in the late 1950s/early 1960s and as a boy knew all the local fields and highways and by-ways. Although I left the area some years later as I entered my teens I never really lost touch with the vicinity due to a wealth of relatives and friends living in SE Northumberland and on Tyneside. In those days Earsdon had three pubs that I was too young to visit, although I undertook a Scouting 'bob a job' task at the now long gone Phoenix Inn. At that time the no 17 bus used to wind its way through Earsdon village as did the burgundy/chocolate coloured Hunters single decker from Seaton Delaval to Shields. From my bedroom window I could see the beam from St Mary's lighthouse flashing across the night time sky and the distant roof of the Beehive Inn over the flat fields; also in my first year or so living there, the faraway plumes of smoke from the steam-hauled local trains from Monkseaton... Read more
Northumberland Before TV
I was born in Backworth in 1937 and lived in a large house at the bottom of Percy St until about 1945, i can dimly recall the end of the war but in no great detail. My father was the colliery engineer for the coal mines in that district and in 1946 we moved into another colliey owned house in the ancient village of Earsdon where I went to Earsdon village primary school. I have some fairly clear memories of the very hard winter of 1947, I doubt if anyone who lived through it will ever forget it. Coal mining was the main industry in that area and I can still rememember the names of most of the pits. There were the Maud & the Eccles, the East Holywell, the Rising Sun, the Prosperous, the Church Pit and the Holystone. The whole area was dominated by huge slag heaps, some of them on fire. Looking back now it was a great place for kids to live and we roamed the... (Awaiting moderation, read more soon)
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