Our journey begins at the National Library of Scotland online maps and their tile server.

I needed a new angle on the city and so was born my ambition to visit all the surrounding areas, but not the centre,  and look at their C19th housing. Not much left in the case of Byker (a pub, a church, two chapels and a school) and Hebburn (a few rows of housing, two churches, a Sunday school, a former bank and the rotting offices of Hawthorn Leslie) but we’ll come to that. More in the case of Jesmond, Heaton, and Gateshead despite the 1930s demolitions in the latter case.

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2017:09:29 16:22:44

It was a beautiful warm and sunny afternoon in Peterlee and as I was taking photographs of the pavilion against the sun a teenaged girl walked past me on the footpath, underneath the pavilion, and up a staircase I had barely registered on the far side.

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