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Newcastle

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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