When the Dockwray heirs sold land north of the Square in North Shields in 1784, it was bounded on the west by an intended seven-yard wide road, which became Queen Street. Vacant land at the George Street end was bought by John Matthews in July 1807. He built three houses fronting Queen Street, possibly those to the left.
This picture was taken by the Tynemouth Planning Department prior to the slum clearance of 1914. By that time the signboard was gone from the pub and the alley next to it. However, it is just possible to make out the number 93 by the front door and old directories show that 93 Bell Street was the Black Swan Inn.