Looking Back at the Market Woman

The statue of the Market Woman in the Forum in Wallsend was placed on that site in 1966.

The Black Swan Inn in Bell Street.

Looking Back at the Black Swan Inn

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.

Fish Quay Festival posters were displayed for many years at North Shields Library and theyll be on display once again during Local History Month in May.

Delve into Local History Day

Remember these? The Fish Quay Festival posters were displayed for many years at North Shields Library and they’ll be on display once again during May’s Local History Month.

Stephenson Street Willington Quay.

Looking Back at the Newcastle Arms

The large pile of chalk ballast on the right of the photograph points to the location being Stephenson Street, Willington Quay, above the old direct ferry landing.


COLUMNIST: Why not consider a career in healthcare?

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North Shields Proper Food and Drink Festival. Picture by Callum Thompson

North Shields kicks off feast of foodie festivals this weekend

Lovers of locally-produced food and drink are set for a special treat this weekend when a popular festival returns to North Shields.

Panama Dip and Bandstand, Whitley Bay

Looking Back at the Panama Gardens

The Whitley and Monkseaton Urban District Council meeting minutes of March 1933 refer to the Voluntary Contribution Scheme Committee in providing work for the unemployed.

Tynemouth Video Film-making group were the proud winners of a 20 minute programme competition with films produced by their members. The certificate was presented to the Group's chairman

Award for Tynemouth film-makers

Tynemouth Video Film-Making Group was the proud winner of a 20-minute programme competition with films produced by its members.

Milbourn Restaurant

Looking Back at Methodist chapel

One of the oldest churches in North Shields was the Sand Yard Chapel in Milburn Place.

North Shields Inner Wheel member Ann Tait at the BBC studios in Newcastle.

North Shields Inner Wheel is big news

It was lights, camera and action for members of North Shields Inner Wheel when they enjoyed a recent outing.

G W Brydon

From coal pit to the cockpit

The Northumbria World War One Project is researching North Tyneside casualties of that conflict 100 years ago, building a public database that will help present and future generations understand the profound impact the war had upon local communities.

Looking Back at The Avenue Hotel

Looking Back at The Avenue Hotel

This postcard shows the Avenue Hotel, Whitley Bay, in all its early splendour.

President Woodrow Wilson

Attacks push US to the limit

In March 1917 the new Prime Minister David Lloyd George convened a meeting of an Imperial War Cabinet.

Northumberland Square Fountain

Looking Back at the Northumberland Square fountain

On March 12, 1958, the Shields Evening News reported that the beauty of Northumberland Square in North Shields was to be enhanced by an illuminated fountain to be presented to the town by Mr Irvin, who was impressed by the way the council had laid out the square and wished to give something to the town.

Main Street, Howdon

Looking Back at Howdon

Pictured is the Main Street in Howdon. In the centre is the Royal Oak Inn and the free house was the Ship Inn. The entrance to the Tyne Tunnel now stands at the site of this community, which went largely unrecorded at the time of its demolition.

Station Cottages Killingworth

Looking Back at Killingworth Station

From the signal box at Killingworth the photographer looked south to 1 Station Cottages on January 30, 1967.

Trams North Shields

Looking Back at the Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company

Writing from Wembley Middlesex in May 1916, Sapper William P Tall sent a postcard to Inspector Willis of the tram depot at Purley, stating that this photograph is of the staff of Tramway Employees “where I am employed”.

St Aidan's Church, Benton Square.

Looking Back at Benton Square Mission

Corrugated iron once provided a quick and relatively cheap solution to the problem of an expanding parish. This view was captioned “Benton Square C. of E. Mission, 1904 - 1906”, although the clothes have a slightly earlier feel.

Members of North Shields Inner Wheel Club celebrate World Inner Wheel Day at The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.

Celebratory tea for North Shields Inner Wheel

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of North Shields are pictured enjoying afternoon tea at The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, to celebrate World Inner Wheel Day.

The Ridges Inn, North Shields

Looking Back at The Ridges Inn

On April 16, 1940, the Shields Evening News ran a full-page covering the opening of The Ridges Inn, North Shields.

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