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A History of Freemasonry in Wallsend

Compiled by George C. Laws

The Compiler of this book has been actively involved in Freemasonry for the last 28 years, 10 of which were in an active capacity in the running of the Wallsend Masonic Hall Company. It became obvious to him that although a great deal of information was available within Lodges, it was not generally available to individual Masons unless requested, and not at all to the general public.

He therefore decided to collate the information held by Lodges into a single source for the use of all those who may be interested in Freemasonry or indeed just curious.

128 pages including 36 colour illustration.

The proceeds of the work beyond production costs will be donated to various Charities.

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All the Lads & Lasses

Memories of Childhood in West Newcastle
by West Newcastle Picture History Collection and Andrew Clark

This high quality book gives a glimpse of childhood memories in West Newcastle.

Remember nurseries, schooldays, peace teas, coronations, youth groups and outings.

It has over 120 unique illustrations many never published before.

This book is A4 and has 40 pages.

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Back of the Shaft

Memories of a Life in Murton in the 1950s 
by P.J. McPartland

‘Back of the Shaft’ recalls life in the East Durham village of Murton in the 1950s. Remember the days when the Pit was at the heart of the community and people spent their time at one of the three local cinemas, or at a dance or at the club – and a holiday was a trip to Butlins. With 100 illustrations.

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Backworth Remembered

Local author Robert Mitchelson tells the story of this former mining community in North Tyneside with over 140 old photographs.

Backworth Remembered has images of local streets, buildings, shops and churches. Also included are many photographs showing Backworth Hall as well as the school, mining, farming, the railway and images of the two world wars.

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Banners of Pride

Memories of the Durham Miners’ Gala
by Derek Gillum

This high quality book is a people’s history of the Durham Miner’s Gala as well as the many banners that are paraded at the ‘Big Meeting’

It has over 120 unique illustrations many never published before.

This book is A4 with 40 pages.

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Benwell Remembered

by Yvonne Young

‘Benwell Remembered’ is a people’s history of this Newcaslte community.

The author and other local personalities share their memories of Benwell. This book has over 150 illustrations – many never published before.

This book is A4, softback and has 88 pages.

 

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Benwell, Buses and Boxing

The Story of Audrey Guthrie

‘Benwell, Buses & Boxing’ is the story of Audrey Guthrie the first professional woman boxer in the North East. Audrey was born in Benwell and is a well known bus driver in the city. The book tells her life story from growing up in Benwell in the 1960s and her family and early life in the community.

Audrey was always keen on keeping fit and after trying martial arts she turned to boxing. After training for over a year she became the first woman to fight in the North East. Shortly, after she turned professional and eventually fought for a European title.

The book also tells of the sad times in Audrey’s life. Thankfully she has recovered and took great comfort when local papers printed many letters from her bus passengers praising her.

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Bishop Auckland Past & Present

88 pages, A4. Over 270 illustrations, including 150 colour photographs.

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Bishop Auckland: A Century of Postcards

by Tom Hutchinson

60 pages A5. Over 100 postcards of the town spanning 100 years.

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Bridges of the River Wear

by Keith Cockerill

128 pages, A5 with over 200 illustrations, some in colour of the bridges over the river from its source in Weardale to where it enters the North Sea at Sunderland.

RRP £12.99. Special price £7.99

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Canny Old Sunderland

Articles include Votes for Women, The Ferry, Mowbray Park and Roker & Seaburn. Features include local delicacies – iron ore boats, willicks and black pudding, local employers – Jopling’s, Doxford’s, Steels, Coles and Joshua Wilson. A4 128 pages.

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Caseys, Cups & Canny Lads

Features Shrovetide Football at Chester-le-Street, the region’s professional clubs, West Auckland – winners of the first World Cup, giants of the game such as Bobby Robson and Bob Paisley, school and juniors teams, amateur kings Bishop Auckland, Crook and Willington and the huge number of players who found fame when they left this ‘Hotbed of Soccer’. A5 128 pages.

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Characters of Hendon and the East End Volume Two

A popular follow up to the first volume with new characters featured including pub landlord Tommy Little, boxer Tommy Conroy, removal firm the Magog family and the fruiterers the Thoburn family. There are also articles on Hendon Board School, Rock and Roll Days, Corner Shops and Cobblestone Kids. A4 96 pages.

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Cramlington Bundle

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Cramlington Parkside School Remembered

by Brian Godfrey

Parkside School in the village of Cramlington served the local community for almost 100 years. Opened in 1909, the school was closed in 2008 and finally demolished in 2014. This book remembers the teachers and pupils who went to the school through old photographs, school log books and personal memories. Featuring over 80 photographs that show classes, school plays, trips to Ford Castle and sport including football and netball.

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Deaths, Disasters & Dastardly Deeds in the North East

by Lorna Windham

Lorna Windham writes about ordinary people in North East England and their struggle to overcome adversity. Flood, fire and financial meltdown are some of the extraordinary events which echo through the centuries and resonate in the modern world.

Links to the plague, convict transportation and a French raid, may come as a surprise, but research has shown they all took place.

Infamous people also had connections with the area: the murderers of Mary Queen of Scots’ secretary, Rizzio; ‘Butcher Cumberland’ and Burke and Hare. How and why? This book provides the answers.

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Easington Through the Years

by Eileen Hopper

Easington Through The Years is a ‘people’s history’ of Easington from its early days as a rural village, through the years when mining transformed the area and on to the present day when the beauty of the coast has returned.

Featured in the book are photographs and memories of schooldays, pastimes, family life, the Second World War and the many community groups who make a positive contribution to local people’s lives.

One section also remembers the terrible mining disaster of 1951 when 83 men lost their lives.

The book has over 200 old photographs – many never published before.

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First, Famous & Forgotten Ships of the Tyne

by Jack Shotton

Jack Shotton has painted hundreds of paintings of his home town of North Shields and the River Tyne.

This collection of his paintings remembers the first ships of their kind in the world – all built on the Tyne. This includes the world’s first lifeboat, the world’s first aircraft carrier and the world’s first oil tanker. Some of these ships became famous – the John Bowes, the Turbinia and the Mauretania – while some have been forgotten.

Included are over forty of Jack’s paintings as well as information on each ship and archive photographs.

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Gateshead Bundle

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Gateshead Grand Houses Revisited

Gateshead in the 19th century was a hive of commerce and industry. New enterprises were springing up everywhere. The industrialists, merchants and financiers who were behind this change, needed residences that reflected their burgeoning success. So Gateshead’s Grand Houses began.

In this new book the authors knock on the front door of these Grand Houses, then go in to meet the people who once lived in there and share their lives. With 40 colour photographs and 40 black and white illustrations.

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Gateshead Remembered

By Anthea Lang

Gateshead Remembered is the latest book by Anthea Lang, former Local History and Heritage Manager for Gateshead Council.

This new book looks at some of the main events and stories in the town’s history with over 240 illustrations.

The old streets are remembered alongside favourite shops, pubs, cinemas and theatres.

People are also included with school photographs, sporting memories, church groups and day trips on charabancs.

Finally, there is ‘Gateshead at War’ with a chapter on the First and Second World Wars.

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Glimpses of Heworth, Felling & Windy Nook

With 130 illustrations, ‘Glimpses of Heworth, Felling & Windy Nook’ features the three communities’ buildings, shops, pubs, churches and schools. Included is the history of local industry such as mining and quarrying as well as the area’s old trams, trains and buses. The author also tells the story of the tragedy of the Felling Colliery disaster of 1812 when 92 men and boys were killed. Well known local people who are featured in the book range from miners’ leaders to a millionairess and a Hollywood actor.

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Glimpses of Old Bedlingtonshire

by Evan Martin

This high quality book is a history of the villages aroung Bedlington in Northumberland.

It has over 100 unique illustrations many never published before.

This A4 book has 40 pages.

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Gosforth Remembered

By Andrew Clark & George Nairn

Gosforth has a fascinating history and it is recalled in this new book with over 150 illustrations of local streets, pubs, cinemas, hospitals, transport and sport. There are stories of Gosforth’s history – coal mining in the area; Gosforth in the two World Wars; Gosforth Park Racecourse and the Northumberland Plate. Also included are ‘then and now’ images to show how things have changed over the past hundred years.

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Greenside Remembered

by Mike Ingoe

This high quality book is a history of the village of Greenside in Gateshead.

It has over 250 unique illustrations many never published before.

This book has 128 pages.

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Having A Wonderful Time At Whitley Bay

by Bill Mood

This high quality book tells the story of life in the Tyneside community of Whitley Bay in the 1930s and 40s.

It has over 70 unique illustrations many never published before.

The book is A4 and has 40 pages.

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Islands of England – North East and Yorkshire

By Geoffrey Berriman

This book, which is the first in a series of six about the islands of England, covers islands in the North East and Yorkshire. The author has travelled widely to visit or see and also research into the history of many different types of island; mention is therefore made of inland islands as well as coastal islands. Some former islands, which have now disappeared, are also included.

The book is well illustrated with photographs and both modern and historic maps.

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Islands of England – The North West

This book, which covers the North West, is the second in a series of six about the islands of England. The author has travelled widely to visit or see many islands; he has also carried out a considerable amount of research into their history. In addition to coastal islands and inland islands, mention is made of former islands which have now disappeared.

The book is well illustrated with photographs and maps.

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John Thomas Saunders – A Seventy Year Search for a Bishop Auckland Soldier’s Grave

In  August 1944 Joseph and Florence Saunders of Bishop Auckland were informed by the War Office that their son John Thomas had died, whilst a prisoner of war in German hands, on the 21 July 1944. There was no confirmation of the location and marking of his burial plot, so consequently his name was engraved on the Dunkirk Memorial set up to commemorate those who lost their lives during the campaign of 1939/40 and who had no known grave.

This book is the story of the 70 year search for the grave of this Bishop Auckland soldier as told by local historian Tom Hutchinson, nephew of John Thomas.

Included are documents, maps, black and white photographs and coloured photographs from the Rededication Service for John Thomas Saunders in Poland in August 2014.

The book is a 48 page paperback, A5 size, with 50p of every sale going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Killingworth & West Moor Remembered

by Robert Mitchelson

Killingworth & West Moor Remembered contains 150 old photographs and illustrations of these two North Tyneside villages and the people that have lived there over the last 120 years.

Killingworth and West Moor have very different roots but are linked by the local industry of coal mining. Killingworth was centred around the first Killingworth Hall, it became a farming community and home to wealthy land owning gentry. Life began to change in 1810 with the sinking of the High Pit at the eastern end of the village and the building of houses to accommodate the workers. This was to link up with another pit sunk 5 years earlier in 1805 – this was Killingworth Colliery situated near the western end of Killingworth Moor and the village that grew around it soon became known as West Moor.

The book shows local people at school, at work and enjoying their leisure time.  The area’s most famous resident, George Stephenson, is also featured. Dial Cottage, the former home of the 19th century mining and railway engineer,  is also included.

The final section in the book describes the construction of the Killingworth New Town began in 1963.

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Lemington & Newburn Then and Now

by George Nairn Á West Newcastle Picture History Collection

Lemington and Newburn have a long and interesting history and this book is a celebration of the two Tyneside communities’ heritage and their people.

As well as ‘then and now’ photographs there are many more old pictures of how life once was in Lemington and Newburn. Work is featured, including: Spencer’s Steel Works; the Glass Works; the railways; and transport. Everyday life is shown with people at school, in church or out shopping as well as social activities such as the cinema, pubs and sport.

Finally, there are old pictures of ‘Days to Remember’ that show local people at special events or representing their community or simply enjoying themselves.

Over 170 illustrations.

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Looking Back at Whickham

The history of Whickham includes prehistoric settlers, Romans, Prince Bishops, 600 years of coal mining and associated industries, early waggonways, farmers, merchants and the MetroCentre. The parish incorporated Dunston, Swalwell, the Gibside estate, Marley Hill, Sunniside and Lobley Hill as well as Whickham village. This book presents new stories and pictures of the people and places who made this rich history. 100 illustrations.

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Memories of Felling

by Anthea Lang

Felling has a fascinating heritage and local author, Anthea Lang, brings this history to life with a unique collection of old photographs and memories. With over 130 illustrations the book recalls schooldays and childhood; pubs, cinemas and shops; working life in mines and factories; local buildings and streets; as well as days to remember and people of the community.

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Memories of Gateshead

by Kathleen Harrison

Gateshead-born Kathleen Harrison writes about her memories of being brought up in the 1950s. When the streets were full of children playing with skipping ropes, two balls, marbles and their imagination. When you went to Saltwell Park with your jam sandwiches, a bottle of water and a fishing net. When being a townie meant going on holiday to the country … Ryton Willows. And when schooldays meant a visit from ‘Nitty Nora … the dicky explorer’.

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Monkseaton Village – Volume Two

by Charlie Steel

Local author Charlie Steel continues his history of Monkseaton with this new book.

As well as the history of local schools, churches and streets, one of Monkseaton’s adopted sons, Bobby Thompson is also featured. The legendary Geordie comedian came to live in Monkseaton and was well known in the area.

Also in the book is a section on the damage inflicted by Second World War air raids as well as some of the hidden history of the area that Charlie has discovered in its streets. There is also a section on crime in the area.

Over 200 illustrations of photographs, drawings, adverts and maps.

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Monkseaton Village – Volume One

by Charlie Steel

Monkseaton has a long historical past, and dates back to at least the 12th century, when it was simply known as ‘Seton’. This is probably a derivative of the words ‘Sea’ and ‘Tun’, ie: the village being near to the sea, and a tun, meaning a hill or rise. When King Henry I granted lands to the Prior of Tynemouth c.1106, the name was altered to ‘Seton Monachorum’. The prefix ‘Monk’ is often found in connection with places belonging to religious houses, and so in this case it became known as Monk Seaton, or Seaton of the Monks.

Despite the fact that over the past 80 years, Monkseaton Village has been absorbed into the urban confines of the nearby town of Whitley Bay, its history pre-dates that town by many years, and to anyone who resides in Monkseaton, the place is still referred to as ‘The Village’.

This is Volume One, which is illustrated with maps and photographs, and gives an overview of the development of the village from its early origins as a farming community through to the present day.

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Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in the North East

By Lorna Windham

This book is a must-read for those who love the North East and its dark past. It is full of gritty tales of villains such as Durham’s PC Paton; swashbucklers like Lancelot Errington and enigmatic characters such as John Paul Jones.

Be gripped by the story of Captain Johann Friedrich Berckholtz who was found floating in the River Wear; the unsolved murder of Herrington servant Isabella Young and the deadly duel between Lieutenant Melvil and Ensign Reynolds which took place in Newcastle.

Be intrigued by mysterious rock art; tales of the kidnapping of Stockton’s Jeremiah Moore and blood-curdling ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night in Chillingham Castle, Craster Tower or even a fort on Hadrian’s Wall.

Be fascinated by accounts of mayhem caused by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce; Shields men who escaped from the Press Gang and strikes which led to the transportation.

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Murton Remembered

by Eric Dowell

This high quality book is a history of the Durham community of Murton.

It has over 200 unique illustrations many never published before.

This A4 book has 80 pages.

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Newcastle’s Old Pubs

‘Newcastle’s Old Pubs’ is a collection of over 150 photographs that remember the city’s old public houses. Sadly many have disappeared but thankfully some are still going strong today.

Also included in the book are stories of the days of Newcastle’s coaching inns and grand hotels as well as local breweries, famous brands of beer and the days when Scotswood Road had a pub on every corner.

Tyneside traditions such as football and heavy industry are also featured and their links with the local pub trade.

Old photographs show Newcastle landlords behind the bar and customers enjoying a drink or even going on a charabanc trip.

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Newton Cap & Toronto

by Tom Hutchinson

Two communities by the River Wear in Bishop Auckland.

52 pages, A4 with over 150 illustrations. Price £7. Published 2011.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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North Shields – Stepping Back in Time

by Jack Shotton

Jack Shotton has produced hundreds of paintings of his home town of North Shields. Included in this book are his oil paintings of the many old stairs and banks that once ran up and down the town. These paintings bring to life this unique history of North Shields that includes old pubs, the press gang and the hard times of living around these stairs.

Alongside the paintings are photographs and stories that illustrate what life was like in the area. Includes 32 colour pages. Over 100 illustrations

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North Shields – The Old Low Road

by Jack Shotton
This book is a collection of paintings by North Shields artist, Jack Shotton.

Jack explores the Low Road of the town and includes the Bull Ring, Duke Street, New Quay, Clive Street, Liddell Street, Bell Street and Union Quay.

Alongside the paintings is a description of the life of local people, streets, pubs and industry in this fascinating area of North Shields.

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North Shields Bundle

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North Shields Public Houses, Inn & Taverns – Part One

by Charie Steel

It has often been said that the best way to learn history is to study castles and churches; however it cannot be denied that the best way to learn about the history of North Shields, is to study the pubs.

As a relatively small town in the 1800s, North Shields has probably had the highest number of inns, taverns, ale houses and beer sellers to be found anywhere in the country. The Low Town in particular had an extremely high concentration of pubs, with some inns actually adjoining the next one, with others just being a matter of feet away from the next. From 1822 to the present day, almost 500 public houses have been recorded in North Shields. In 1853 alone, it was estimated there were 217 inns, taverns and ale houses in the former Borough of Tynemouth, the highest concentration of which were situated in North Shields itself.

This book is an illustrated gazetteer and directory, which provides a fascinating insight into the many licensed premises that have existed in North Shields over the past two centuries.

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North Shields Public Houses, Inns & Taverns – Part Two

‘North Shields Public Houses, Inns & Taverns Part Two’ completes the story of the area’s pubs by local author and historian Charlie Steel. Part One of the series covered the pubs in the centre of North Shields. This second volume includes the many public houses, inns and taverns in the surrounding area.

 

This book features the coastal area of North Tyneside and the nearby villages which include Percy Main, Chirton, and Preston along with neighbouring Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton and Earsdon Also included are those villages just over the North Tyneside boundary, namely; Old Hartley, Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval and Holywell.

 

The book is a history of the local pub and brewing trade spanning almost two centuries. The author brings the story up to date by including the many pubs that have closed in recent years and the changing nature of how we drink in this country.  As many traditional pubs have slowly disappeared, this book gives a glimpse into the various licensed premises present and past, which were and, in some cases still do, form an important part of our local community.

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North Tyneside During the Second World War

The story of North Tyneside’s experiences during the Second World War is told by local author, Ron Curran. He recalls the days of evacuation, rationing, the Home Guard, air raids and VE Day with the help of local people who share their memories of the conflict.

North Shields, Tynemouth and Cullercoats suffered greatly in the war and there are unique pictures showing the damage caused in the area by the German bombing raids.

The book is illustrated with over 100 wartime photographs from North Tyneside Libraries excellent Discover: North Tyneside collection.

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Offbeat

Memories of Tynemouth Borough Police and the communities it served. North Shields, Tynemouth & Cullercoats
by Ken Banks

’Offbeat’ recalls the old days of Tynemouth Borough Police from its inception on the 1st January 1850 until its demise on 31st March 1969.

The author is a former policeman – Ken Banks, PC 7 Tynemouth Police – and he tells the story of the force’s early days when there were bobbies on the beat and police boxes instead of radios. Ken also recalls the part the police played in the local community and the acts of bravery carried out by local officers. The early days of police cars are remembered as well as some of the funnier moments experienced by police men and women.

It seeks to highlight the part played by the police, not only in law enforcement, but perhaps more importantly, as an integral part of local society over a period of 119 years.

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Page Bank Remembered

48 page, A4 size, paperback book with over 100 black & white illustrations and maps. The village, situated between Spennymoor and Brancepeth, sprang from a green field site in the middle of the 19th century, thrived for over 70 years through its coal mine, coke ovens and brickworks, and which gradually disappeared after battling local bureaucracy, but was finally beaten by a force of nature 50 years ago – the flood waters of the River Wear.

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Pegswood Through The Years

The pit closures of the 1960s came as a bombshell to Pegswood and many other mining communities, with some villages being completely razed to the ground and residents moved out to pastures new.

For Pegswood, a number of old colliery houses were demolished and others revamped, with social outlets being kept and are sat alongside new developments. The community is growing, while the village and our residents still retain the mining heritage and identity.

Over 250 illustrations.

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Penshaw and Shiney Row Then & Now

by Lena Cooper

The history of the County Durham villages of Penshaw and Shiney Row is celebrated in this new book by local author Lena Cooper.

The book has over 150 illustrations that show how the two villages have changed over the past 100 years.

The author, Lena Cooper, also shares her memories of Penshaw and Shiney Row alongside old photographs of people, places and events that show the history of these two communities.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Postcards from Cramlington

This book is a collection of over 100 old picture postcards that show the streets, buildings, churches, shops, schools and people of Cramlington.

Other illustrations show Cramlington during the First World War and the Aerodrome that was a feature of the community for many years.

A hundred years ago, sending a postcard was as common as a text message today and also included in the book are some of the messages on the back of ‘Postcards from Cramlington’.

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Saltwell Park – The story of the ‘People’s Park’

by Anthea Lang

Saltwell Park is loved by locals and admired by visitors and is one of Gateshead’s major attractions. This book explores its history, features, stories and people and looks at how it developed from an industrialist’s private estate to become the beautiful park it is today.

Saltwell Park is regarded as one of the finest public parks in Great Britain and the best municipal park in the North East. Grade II listed by English Heritage, it contains 12 Grade II listed buildings, chief of which is the fairytale castle which we know today as Saltwell Towers. A £10 million restoration, funded by Gateshead Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund was completed in 2005, and in the same year the park was voted Britain’s best park.

For nearly 140 years, many people in and around Gateshead have visited the park which has seen new features added (and often subsequently removed) in line with changing needs and fashions.

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Seaton Holme – How it served Easington’s Community through the Ages

The history of Seaton Holme, a medieval manor house, the former Rectory of Easington Archdeaconry, orphanage, old men’s home and community building. This fascinating story of Easington’s heritage is told by local author, Eileen Hopper. Over 150 illustrations.

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Snapshots of Cramlington Life

The latest book from Cramlington author Brian Godfrey contains over 130 unique images of people and places of the area. Including buildings now gone, railway, mining, school days and wartime memories.

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Sunderland – A History of The Lads

The story of Sunderland AFC from its formation in 1879 by a group of schoolteachers to life in the Premiership; from the ‘Team of All The Talents’ to the ‘Bank of England Club’; Charlie Thomson to Charlie Buchan and Raich Carter to Len Shackleton. A4 128 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Five

Features shipbuilding on the Wear, favourite local cinemas, Sunderland’s links with Dr Who,

Suffragettes and the rivalry between the Black Cats and Newcastle United. These and many more stories of Sunderland at Work and Play are illustrated with over 300 pictures. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Four

Features the First World War, memories of Christmas Past, old pubs, shipbuilding, football supporters, glassmakers, shops of yesteryear, the changing face of Sunderland, life in the workhouse and hard times. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume One

Working life at Vaux Brewery, the Co-op and other shops and life in the Forces are some of the stories featured. While bingo, going to the pictures, horse racing and football are a few of the sports and pastimes included in the first of the Work & Play series of books. A4 112 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Three

Features Dancing at the Rink, Shipbuilding, Sunderland’s Version of Saving Private Ryan, Barbary Coast, Blacketts, Brian Mills, Hendon Road, Fishermen & Fish Shops, Joplings and Spivs, Spam & Snoek. A4 96 pages.

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Sunderland at Work & Play Volume Two

A special Olympic edition featuring local connections with Games from Athens 1896 to London 2012. These include articles on tennis silver medallist Helen Aitchison, athlete Steve Cram, boxer Tony Jeffries and the day the Olympic Torch came to Sunderland. A4 112 pages.

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Sunderland in the Sixties Revisited

By Alan Brett & Philip Curtis

Revisit Sunderland in the 1960s with articles on Sandie Shaw, Dr Who, Alan Price, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, fashion boutiques, Action Man and Sindy Dolls, as well as favourite TV shows and popular films of the decade. Over 250 illustrations.

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Sunderland in the swinging Sixties

by Alan Brett & Philip Curtis

Remember the memorable decade of the 1960s with articles on the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Cathy McGowan, bubble cars, fashion, coffee bars & night clubs and the summer when the World Cup came to Sunderland. Over 250 illustrations.

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Sunderland Public Houses

Over 350 photographs, illustrations and maps of pubs in the Town Centre, East End, Hendon, Pallion, Millfield and Monkwearmouth. Including old favourites the Three Crowns, Bridge End Vaults, George & Dragon, Half Moon, Old Twenty Nine, Burlington Inn, Red Lion, Masons Arms and Continental. A4 68 pages.

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Sunderland Tramways to Busways

From horse-drawn trams to the bus fleets of the 21st century the story of the town’s public transport system is told. A major part of the book features the men and women who worked on Sunderland Corporation Transport in the last century. A4 48 pages.

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Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth

The three old townships that make up much of modern day Sunderland reveal a long and rich history. The part they played in naval engagements from Trafalgar to Jutland and Zeebrugge to St Nazaire are just one of the features covered in the book. A4 112 pages.

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Sunderland’s Barbary Coast

Well known local artist Bob ‘Pal’ Palmer’s memories of life in the Barbary Coast in the 1930s and ’40s. The illustrated stories feature Victor Street, boxer Fol-De-Rol-Dol, Catty Allen, Roker Variety Theatre and Detta’s fish shop. A4 48 pages.

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Thanks for the Memories

Recollections of Fence Houses, Lambton, Burnmoor, Chilton Moor and Bankhead.
by Lena Cooper

This high quality book is a history of the villages around Fence Houses in County Durham.

It has over 120 illustrations many never published before.

This A4 book has 80 pages.

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The Dillop Twins and The Nardy Wassack Gang

by Ridley Alan

Twins Katie and Jack Dillop live with their family in a hard to find house near the river in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They go to school nearby, and often make the journey in their grandfather’s boat.

When they do a good deed to help an elderly woman they find they have become enemies of a criminal gang led by Nardy Wassack, a notorious villain. This puts them into some very dangerous situations. To help them confront the gang, Jack and Katie enlist the help of school friends and a host of colourful characters including a bloodhound.

Readers who are familiar with the Newcastle area may well know or recognise some of the places mentioned in the book, or enjoy the challenge of guessing where they are.

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The Four Villages – Lynemouth, Ellington, Cresswell & Linton

With over 300 illustrations local author, Neil Taylor, celebrates the rich heritage of ‘The Four Villages’ – Lynemouth, Ellington, Cresswell & Linton.

Many of the social outlets within the area still remain with local residents retaining their farming, fishing and mining heritage identity.

As time moves on change is inevitable within the four villages in terms of infrastructure and population which can only help to sustain them.

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The Golden Age of the Silver Screen

From the silent era through to the musicals, westerns, thrillers and cartoons the most memorable films screened in Sunderland are featured. Famous picture houses such as the Havelock, Regal and Gaiety are recalled as are famous stars of the silver screen. A4 48 pages.

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The Lads in the Sixties

Sunderland’s rollercoaster ride in the 1960s – from heartbreaking near misses to finally clinching promotion to relegation again at the end of the decade. Star players featured include Charlie Hurley, George Herd, Jimmy Montgomery, Jim Baxter and Colin Todd. A4 80 pages.

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The Old Pubs of Gateshead

By John Boothroyd

Local author and historian, John Boothroyd traces the story of ‘The Old Pubs of Gateshead’ and provides the reader with an informative and entertaining collection of facts and tales. Over 140 photos show the favourite old pubs of the town and take us on a tour along and around the High Street, through East and West Gateshead and then onto Low Fell, Deckham, Sheriff Hill and Wrekenton. Also featured are local brewers, pub architecture and why some pubs have such unusual names.

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The Pow Burn – North Shields

Now generally unknown and forgotten, the Pow Burn was once an important tributary of the River Tyne and through unique photographs, maps and illustrations, the author tells the story of how it played its part in the history of North Shields.

This book describes the beginning and growth of North Shields and the industry around the Low Lights due to the fact that the Pow Burn, now mostly culverted and forgotten, created a harbour, sheltered valley and provided fresh water to allow habitation and industry to flourish two hundred and fifty years ago.

Also included in the book are chapters on Tanners Bank, Spital Dene, Northumberland Park, the Whitley Waggonway and Blyth & Tyne Railway, as well as the fascinating story of St Leonard’s Hospital.

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The Story of Northumberland Park North Shields Spital Dene and The Pow Burn

by Mike N. Coates

This book tells the story of Northumberland Park, North Shields, from its creation in 1885 to the present day.

Featured are the birds, mammals, amphibians, dragonflies, butterflies, trees and flora of the park.

Also included are historical notes of the surrounding area of Spital Dene, The Pow Burn and the Medieval St Leonard’s Hospital.

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The Tyne Training Ship Wellesley Remembered

by Brian Godfrey

A familiar and welcome sight to any mariner entering the Tyne from the fearsome North Sea during the late 19th and early 20th centuries would have been the Training Ship ‘Wellesley’. Moored at North Shields, her white banded hull was home to thousands of homeless and destitute boys who were trained for a sea faring life.

With over 70 illustrations this book describes the training and instruction received on board as well as featuring the story of the ship’s band; the bravery of the boys; the personal memories of an ‘old boy’; the fire that devastated the ship; the move to the Palace at Tynemouth; and finally the Wellesley Roll of Honour.

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The Victoria Hall Disaster

The tragic story of how 183 children lost their lives on a Saturday afternoon in Sunderland in 1883. The author’s painstaking research using eyewitness accounts and inquest statements reveals exactly what happened on that fateful day. A4 40 pages.

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Tindale Crescent & Fylands Bridge

48 pages, A4. Over 100 photographs about the history, industry and people of this community on the south-west side of Bishop Auckland.

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Tommy Armstrong The Pitman Poet

by Ray Tilly, Grandson of Tommy

Tommy Armstrong was famously called the ‘Pitman Poet’.

His songs and poems are well remembered within the mining communities of County Durham. His famous songs include such classics as ‘Dorham Jail’, ‘Nanny’s A Maisor’ and ‘Trimdon Grange Explosion’.

What makes this book unique is that it has been written by Tommy’s grandson – Ray Tilly.

Ray’s book is an attempt to ‘set the record straight’ about the life of his grandfather. Many things have been written and said about Tommy and Ray separates fact from fiction.

Included in the book are thirty previously published works by Tommy and a further sixteen unpublished works.

Also included are the poems and story of Tommy’s son – William Hunter Armstrong – Ray’s father.

The book has over 100 illustrations.

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Tynemouth Remembered

Tynemouth was once part of a violent and turbulent kingdom, but now in the quietude of what was once a part of Northumberland, it is a village steeped in history and for centuries, has inspired writers, poets, artists, photographers and historians.

The ruins of the famous Castle and Priory sit on the headland, dominating Benebal Crag. The piers guard the entrance to the River Tyne and the imposing statue of Lord Cuthbert Collingwood looks out to sea with an ever watchful eye.

The Long Sands have attracted holidaymakers and visitors since the 1800s, King Edward’s Bay and The Haven were once places of peace and tranquillity, and to a certain extent, continue to remain as such.

The entrance to the River Tyne itself affords some beautiful views, however a dark shadow lies beside the nearby Black Middens, which over the years have taken a grim toll on numerous ships and have claimed the lives of many mariners and rescuers.

Some aspects of Tynemouth such as the Palace and Plaza have since disappeared, but are fondly remembered.

Today, Tynemouth still retains much of its history. It is now a conservation area and although the village has undergone many changes, most of these have been sympathetically moderated in an effort to maintain its traditional warmth and character.

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Wallsend Best

A Personal Experience of the Rising Sun Colliery
by Ron Curran

This hight quality book is a history of the Rising Sun Colliery in Wallsend from the 1940’s to its closure in 1960’s.

The book contains over 100 unique illustrations many never published before.

The book contains 116 pages.

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Wallsend Bundle

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Wallsend Football Past and Present

by Dave Mooney

Wallsend Football Past & Present is a celebration of the local teams and players from the town over the past 100 years. Included are many of the great teams that people remember alongside the players who went on to play League football, win FA Cup and Champions League medals as well as representing England. Also featured are schools, youth, Sunday, Over 40s and ladies teams – and the many charity games that once drew large crowds. Finally, we remember the men who organised the teams, raised the money, went to the meetings and put the post and nets up.

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Wallsend Pubs and Clubs

A historic pub crawl through Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay
by Steve Boundey

This high quality book is a history of the pub and clubs in the Tyneside communities of Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay.

It has over 160 unique illustrations many never published before.

This A4 book has 88 pages and is published by Summerhill Books.

Brand new.

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Wallsend Remembered

Looking back at growing up in Wallsend, Howdon & Willington Quay
by Steve Boundey

Wallsend Remembered covers a variety of memories by local author Steve Boundey. The book recalls the places people used to live that have now long gone. It also features the many local schools, as well as sport, transport and community activities. Another section describes how young people used to play – in ways very different from today.

It is a personal view but it is hoped that the stories will help readers recall their own memories of growing up in the area.

With over 240 photographs of Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay from the early 1900s to the present day.

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Wallsend Remembered Volume Two

Another look at growing up in Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay
By Steve Boundey

‘Wallsend Remembered Volume Two’ is the latest book from local author Steve Boundey. With over 250 illustrations, the book contains people’s memories of growing up in Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay.

Interesting times in Wallsend are recalled with old photographs of streets, buildings, shops, cinemas, factories and shipyards – many now demolished but not forgotten.

People are also featured with school photos, sports teams, drama groups, jazz bands, day trips and celebrations. Also included are stories of local people who have made a contribution to their community.

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Wartime Memories Stories of the Second World War in the North East

by Andrew Clark

Although the Second World War ended over seventy years ago, many of the storytellers in this book have vivid recollections of their experiences of evacuation, the Home Guard, air raids, rationing, the black-out or VE Day.

Alongside people’s memories, are also unique old photographs as well as wartime memorabilia that many will remember – Identity Cards, Ration Books, Propaganda Posters and Public Information Leaflets. These documents give first hand information available at the time of the war and are an insight into the lives of people in the 1930s and ’40s.

Over 100 illustrations.

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Westenders – Memories of Benwell, Elswick, Scotswood & Arthur’s Hill

Local author Yvonne Young brings the history of the West End of Newcastle to life in a book of memories and photographs. Local people tell their stories of growing up in Benwell, Elswick, Scotswood and Arthur’s Hill. They recall life very different from today and many remember the poverty of the area. However, all of them have fond memories of their local communities.

People recall their time at school or their first jobs. Others recall some of the characters of the area and many remember the well known photographer Jimmy Forysth who took hundreds of images of the people and places of the West End of Newcastle. Happy days are relived – weddings, jubilees, youth clubs and the Blaydon Races.

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Westenders Memories of Benwell, Elswick & Scotswood – Part Two

Local author Yvonne Young continues her story of the West End of Newcastle with her latest book ‘Westenders Part Two’. The book contains the memories of people who look back at the history of Benwell, Elswick and Scotswood, alongside over 150 old photographs.

Working life both past and present is featured as well as some of the old places in the area that have long gone. Also included are days to remember such as schooldays, the Second World War, holidays and the many pubs and clubs that were the centre of social life.

The author also looks at the West End today and shows the local people who are making a great contribution to their communities.

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Whitley Bay Remembered Part One – The Coast

Remember happy days at the seaside with over 150 old photographs of Whitley Bay.

The book includes the Spanish City Fairground, The Empress Ballroom, Cinemas and Theatres, Cafés, Punch & Judy Shows, Bands and Sideshows, Seaside Entertainers, Shuggy Boats, Donkey Rides, and of course the beautiful beach which has attracted residents and visitors from far and wide since the early 1900s.

There was quality and cost-effective accommodation, with hotels and countless guest houses offering bed and breakfast to the thousands of holidaymakers that once flocked to the town.

This was once a bustling and beautiful area which has been loved by generations of families and visitors over the years.

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Whitley Bay Remembered Part Two – The Town by Charlie Steel

Whitley Bay Remembered Part 2 focuses on the town centre and former village of Whitley, by examining its development through the streets, buildings, shops and trades which have existed here over the years and have been fundamental in its evolution. In the ‘Good old Days’, Whitley Bay flourished with almost every kind of business and shop imaginable; Butchers, Bakers, Cobblers, Tailors, Jewellers, Cafes and Drapers – the list is practically endless. These businesses were once a vital part of the community and rendered the town almost self-sufficient. This book reflects on those years where happy memories will be recalled and good times are remembered. With over 160 illustrations.

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