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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
North East Life in the 1970s
By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor
‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.
North East Life in the 1980s
by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor
In ‘North East Life in the 1980s’ the authors share their memories of fashions; early computers and video recorders; popular toys and games; happy times at Metroland; first holidays abroad and concerts at Newcastle City Hall. The decade saw many new developments in the region such as the opening of the Metro transport system, the MetroCentre and Nissan’s car factory. Also featured in the book is the music of the 1980s as well as television shows and films set in the North East such as the hugely popular TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. There were also many other days to remember such as the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub coming to the Tyne and the biggest musicians in the world playing at St James’ Park, Roker Park and Gateshead Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
Uncovering Gateshead – Book One
by Sandra Brack and Bob Dixon
Gateshead Local History Society
Uncovering Gateshead is a walking guide designed to take you through the terraces, down the back lanes and discover some of Gateshead’s hidden treasures. There are five heritage walks around the Town Centre, Bensham, Saltwell and Shipcote. Over 100 colour illustrations.