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Historic maps of Tynemouth and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Tynemouth maps
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Memories of Tynemouth
Family Early Days at Tynemouth.
If this was summer 1955 or in 1957 to 1958, my pram-pushing wife might well be in the picture. Eldest was born in May 1955, next in May 1957, the eldest at Newcastle General hospital, the next at home at 14 Millfield Gardens. Looks busy enough to be a weekend so maybe I was in it too. Wonderful sands, freezing cold under a sea fret.
I Know All The Memories of Tynemouth
I was born in North Shields and know all the photos shown ...was my school holidays. I married my husband, a Northumberland Fusilier from Haltwhistle in January 1959 and in April we left from Newcastle on Tyne on the Empire Fowey to Hong Kong. We came home to North Shields for a few months and left by air to Singapore and went to live in Ipoh Perak, Malaya. We came home to live in Tidworth, Hants then came to live in Mansfield, Notts, went to the West Midlands and finally returned to Northumberland and Cumbria and now live in a tiny village between Humshaugh and Wark on Tyne. But when summer comes, our feet take us to the coast, via Ponteland, Morpeth, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth and down to the fish quay for a meal on the quayside. A lot is gone from the docks, but in my memories eyes I see them all. I look for my ancestors in my... Read more
A Native of Tynemouth in Exile.
I was born in Tynemouth, in Percy Park, the road leading down to the sea by the Grand Hotel. In 1956, I began at Tynemouth Prep. School, now The Kings School, in Huntington Place. I live in Hampshire now, but, I have been back to Tynemouth several times and have always been delighted that so little has changed. Long may it remain so. I am Tony Brown.
Tyne and Wear memories
North Shields Test Centre
The building which houses North Shields test cente in Cecil Street was erected in1848 as a chapel for people to worship. It remained this way until 1891 when it changed ownership and became a sauna and plunge baths although this was short lived and it closed soon after, just months later it reopened as the Alexandra Laundry, this was made easy as the boilers and pipework were all in place left by the previous owner. A photo of this is available with the staff proudly standing outside with horse-drawn carts laden with laundry. Shortly before World War 2 the building changed ownership and became Alexandra Engineering, making a variety of things and fabrications, this continued until 1950 when a local coach hire company opened up, trading as William B Kerr Coaches, later moving to bigger premses in Wallsend and changed the use of the Cecil Street building into an MOT testing centre, the first in the area following the introduction of manditory testing in 1960. Each test was 15 shillings... Read more
My sister and I used to visit our grandparents, Harry and Lily Bliss, who lived on Sandringham Drive, West Monkseaton. We would come down from Scotland in late June and stay for two weeks.
Favourite memories include the Spanish City rides, Torres fish and chips, the Venetian ice cream, St Mary's Island, roller skating down the steep slope at Monkseaton station, the smell of creosote on the platform timbers at West Monkseaton station, Grandpa cycling to the North Shields fish quay for the best fish I have ever eaten and the sound of colliery trains in the mornings. I was also fascinated by the pit heaps and the mines, the slag buckets, the big white railway crossing gates at Backworth.
Asbestos Fire Suits Percy Main John F Fife
When I was a young girl I was shown newspaper cuttings of my father John F Fife modelling an asbestos fire suit he had designed and made in his factory work shop at Percy Main. My older brother aged 84, who lives in Australia, remembers being taken to the factory as a boy in the thirties, he thinks possibly 1938 or a little earlier. The Fife family had a boiler cleaning business and lived in Linskill Terrace. Unfortunately I no longer have these cuttings and whenever I try to find out about asbestos fire suits at Percy Main, I come up against a brick wall. Elizabeth Johnson, Fife
I first came to North Shields after leaving the army in 1972. I stayed at the Railway Hotel run by a tyrant of a woman who threw you out at 8am and would not let you back till 5pm! Worked at Tor-days then General Foam and at nights bouncing for a guy called Sid MacCullock who owned the Jungle, the Sands in Whitley Bay, and Top Hat, Spenny Moor. Pay was great 20 quid a night and free booze if you needed it - got stabbed once and threatened many times. I remember the police muster rooms next to the Jungle. I remember one night a 'lady of the night' got drunk and started fighting anything and anybody, so her being a woman and all, we called the police who duly put her in the car (a Hillman Imp). They did not leave, but came back and chided me "cannot you control a woman?" Just then a crash, and she had broken the rear window! The cops had flashlight red... Read more