History book looks at village’s rich heritage

Front Street, Tynemouth, which is featured in the 'Tynemouth Remembered' book.
Front Street, Tynemouth, which is featured in the 'Tynemouth Remembered' book.

A new book looking back at the rich heritage of Tynemouth is being launched.

Local historian Charlie Stell has compiled the book Tynemouth Remembered, looking back at the village which has inspired writers, poets, artists and photographers.

The book remembers the early history of Tynemouth with the founding of the priory in the 7th century before exploring many myths and legends, including a ghost that haunts the priory and buried treasure in the cave known as ‘Jingling Geordie’s Hole’.

The are also sections on the attractions of Long Sands and outdoor swimming pool.

Recent developments such as the restoration of Tynemouth Station are included.

Charlie said: “The ruins of the famous castle and priory sit on the headland, dominating Benebal Crag. The piers guard the entrance to the river Tyne and the imposing statue of Lord Cuthbert Collingwood looks out to sea.

“The entrance to the river Tyne itself affords some beautiful views, however a dark shadow lies beside the nearby Black Middens, which over the years have taken a grim toll on numerous ships and have claimed the lives of many mariners and rescuers.”

He added: “Today, Tynemouth still retains much of its history.

“The changes have been sympathetically moderated in an effort to maintain its traditional warmth and character.

“I hope the book helps to tell a few stories and bring back a few memories.”

Tynemouth Remembered – which has more than 150 illustrations and published by Summerhill Books – will be launched at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, on Friday, March 21, at 10.30am.

It is on sale at Keel Row Books and I Love Office Supplies in North Shields; local libraries and from www.summerhillbooks.co.uk