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Looking Back at The Shipwrights’ Arms

Where the toll booths now stand outside the Tyne Tunnel was once a thriving community. The photograph was taken from the west over the Tyne Improvement Commissioners’ raft yard.

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The name of the Fat Ox Hotel is entrenched within local folklore due to its association with Edward Halls infamous large ox that chewed the cud in Whitley during the 1780s. The ox weighed 216 stones, 8 lbs before its slaughter by Newcastle butcher Thomas Horsley on March 18th, 1789 and was immortalised in a copper-plate engraving by Thomas Bewick. The original 19th century building was described as being thatched and picturesque and served up popular girdle cakes that attracted picnic parties driving from as far afield as Newcastle. There was also a rowdy side to the establishment with 1842 police reports recording an assault on PC William Armstrong immediately outside the public house. Pigots Directory for Northumberland lists Robert Hiddleston as the custodian of the Fat Ox c.1827.

Looking Back at The Fat Ox Hotel

The name of the Fat Ox Hotel is entrenched within local folklore due to its association with Edward Hall’s large ox that chewed the cud in Whitley during the 1780s. The ox weighed 216 stones, 8lbs before its slaughter by Newcastle butcher Thomas Horsley on March 18, 1789, and was immortalised in a copper-plate engraving by Thomas Bewick.

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When do you put your decorations up?

When should you put your Christmas decorations up?

We're not even into December and we've already spotted a few houses with their Christmas decorations up.
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Alexander Wilkie supervising the hand rope making process in his ropery at Percy Square, Tynemouth.

Looking Back at Wilkie’s Ropery

Alexander Wilkie supervises the hand rope-making process in his ropery at Percy Square, Tynemouth. The original Rope Walk is on the 1896 Ordnance Survey map, and the 1901 census lists Alexander living with his wife Mary at Linskill Street, North Shields.

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Whitley Park Hall.

Looking Back at Whitley Park Hall

In 1842 the Tyne Pilot advertised Mrs Wright’s mansion, Whitley Park Hall, for sale or rent. The house stood in 11 acres, and was passed twice a day by the Blyth-Shields coach.

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Whitley Bay grandad Kevin Brown who won �100,000 on a National Lottery Instant Win Game. Picture by Gareth Jones.

Grandad scoops a £100k lotto win

A grandfather is celebrating a £100,000 win after feeling lucky the day before his birthday.

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Del Boy and Rodney of Trotters Independent Traders (Photo: BBC)

Only Fools and Horses tops 20 most watched shows of the last 80 years - pick your favourite

Today we celebrate 80 years of TV - and these are the 20 most watched shows during that time.
Arts
Salt and vinegar in a green bag?

The biq question answered: Should cheese and onion crisps be in blue or green packets?

The nation has spoken - the correct colour for cheese and onion crisp packets is green.

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Whitehouse Farm.

Looking Back at the White House Farm

Once Tynemouthshire was open land and the common field system was used at Preston until 1649.

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Royal Jubilee School Standard 2B class, 1920.

Call for help to identify youngster

Guardian readers are being called on to help identify one of the children in this old school photograph.

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The host, Lee Westwood, at Close House.

British Masters to be held in the North East next year

Lee Westwood is to host the 2017 British Masters at Close House in Newcastle.
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The English language can get us all confused.

'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.

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The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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Florida is being hit by Hurricane Matthew

Due to travel to Florida? Here’s the official guidance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade and is currently sweeping its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.

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North Shields and Tynemouth Dispensary.

Looking Back at the Dispensary

The North Shields and Tynemouth Dispensary was one of the town’s oldest charities.

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Leaves are starting to fall from the trees.

8 things that should cheer us all up this Autumn

There's a definite nip in the air, the heavy coats are coming out, and staying at home suddenly seems like a more attractive option than a night on the tiles.
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Let's go fly a kite...

From flying kites to building a tent... have you mastered the 50 dad skills?

The top 50 'dad skills' have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.
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Don't miss Halley's night-time spectacle

When and how you can watch Halley's Comet light up the night sky this October

Eyes to the skies! We’re in for a month-long meteor shower thanks to dust from Halley’s Comet.

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Clyde Street, Wallsend.

Looking back...at Clyde Street

Clyde Street, Wallsend, was nearing the end of its life when it was photographed on April 2, 1963.

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