I was planning to write this up and perhaps one day I will. But the closer I look the more the subject grows and the less I actually know about the district. You can see my walk above and I met some interesting people but life is taking over and this will have to wait. Likewise Byker. So I’ll leave these notes here for anybody else planning to go.

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My walking route from Sainsburys High Heaton. Yellow pins points of interest, many missed though later research found them.

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Jesmond – research notes

November 8th, 2017

Faulkner, Beacock and Jones (<£10 on Amazon)

A building list in the order in which they appear in the book –  with notes from Pevsner Northumberland when found.

“Jesmond was no more than a village up to the middle of the C19th when it became the residential suburb for the wealthiest inhabitants. The monuments reflect both these aspects.” p254/5 [1]

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North Shields in the sunshine

October 20th, 2017

I like North Shields. Its impressive collection of buildings on Howard Street, and along from the ferry to Fish Quay and beyond are ample reason to praise it as one of the most attractive districts of North Tyneside.

I came to know it gradually, firstly Howard Street in fading light at the end of a long day in Hebburn, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Then in bright sunshine three days later one afternoon when the walk East from the ferry along New Quay, past the former Northumberland Arms (aka the Jungle) and then the former Porthole and Golden Fleece (now architects offices) to Union Quay showed the area at its best.

Later up the steps to High Town past the High Light and up Howard Street in the evening sunlight watching the DFDS ferry leave for Amsterdam.


Another look at North Shields

Deepest Tyneside: a trip around North Shields


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A wet walk round Tynemouth

October 20th, 2017

Misty Priory

Below the intention outlined in blue. Above the reality seen through rain. We’ll start with my wet arrival in Tynemouth and come back to the housing search further down the page.

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A flying visit to Hebburn

October 18th, 2017

St Andrews Hebburn

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If you are able to start with this book, read every page and use the buildings you like as stops on your tour. Some of the better known buildings have been demolished such as the Dunston Rocket and the Gateshead car park. The Elswick Swimming pool is out of use through lack of funding.

I haven’t been paid to say this it’s just that having found it in Byker library I wish I had read it before coming to Newcastle because I missed some good buildings and I don’t want you to repeat my mistake.

Otherwise continue below where I have provided all the information I could find from the libraries for interesting walks.

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Source twitter.com/tennisdenys/status/917273263759396864

The libraries proved to be of more benefit than I had allowed for and in fact the local history sections were invaluable (West End, Cruddas Park, Byker and Hebburn so far).

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Newcastle – NLS maps

October 9th, 2017

I started here Side by side Wingrove and Elswick and changed to the transparency slider when I realised it was more useful.

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The original intention – click image for full picture

To date I have walked Elswick, Jesmond, Heaton and Byker from the above and in addition Hebburn, Tynemouth, and North Shields from the larger image (click above).

It remains my intention to walk all the areas in blue excluding the city centre. The idea is to get a view of the city as a whole and not just Grainger Town and the bridges.

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