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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


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.

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.



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


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:

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

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.

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