Northumberland

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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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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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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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 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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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