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.

West End library local history section

Background reading

Tyne Gorge study – Gateshead Council – Tyne Gorge study

Superlative Newcastle – Jones the planner – Superlative Newcastle

An afternoon in Newcastle / Gateshead – Douglas Murphy

Fog on the Tyne – Owen Hatherley writing in Building Magazine

‘Brasilia Man’ – Newcastle’s T. Dan Smith

City of Newcastle upon Tyne

GraingerTown.pdf – English Heritage – GraingerTown.pf (EH)

Newcastle Local Studies & Family History Centre

Fact sheets

Local studies user guide No.2 – Local newspapers

Local studies user guide No.3 – Reading list

Local studies user guide No.5 – Maps

Wingrove / Elswick

Read my research notes about Elswick.

Exploring C19th Elswick – a walk

Elswick through the years – StJamesChurchNewcastle – Elswick through the years


Read my account of a walk around Jesmond.

Pevsner – Northumberland

Jesmond p237 – Newcastle and Gateshead – Pevsner

The C19th suburbs of Jesmond and Heaton lie respectively …


Read  my Twitter flyby of a visit to Heaton.

Read Pevsner Northumberland.


Read my Twitter flyby of Byker and Lower Ouseburn.

Byker_Malpass.pdf – A reappraisal of Byker – Peter Malpass AJ May 9th 1979

The Architect and the Community – Peter Malpass

Sarah Glynn

Good Homes: lessons in successful public housing from Newcastle’s Byker Estate

Newcastle upon Tyne residential areas


Pevsner – Northumberland

The Byker Estate by Elain Harwood p.232 Newcastle and Gateshead – Pevsner

Byker was developed in the 1890s with lines of Tyneside flats …

The following link leads to no documents but I’ll leave it here for reference in case the AJ ever reinstate the pdfs. Peter Malpass on Byker from the archive – from the AJ

Walker – Local History section

Read Pevsner – Northumberland.

Newcastle areas website

Newcastle upon Tyne residential areas


Gateshead.pdf (local) – English Heritage – Gateshead.pdf (EH)

Urban design, heritage & character analysis report – Bensham and Saltwell

Bensham and Saltwell walking maps.pdf

New Marking the Ways leaflet.pdf

Health Walks

Pevsner – Durham

Shipcote and Gateshead Fell p261 – Newcastle and Gateshead – Pevsner

In 1800 Gateshead was still essentially three main streets forming a T at the S end of Tyne Bridge …

North Tyneside Council


North Shields

Read my account of a walk around North Shields.

“At North Shields library there is a dedicated local history department called Discover, (tel 0191 643 5270) which has a wealth of maps, photographs etc.” – Cullercoats librarian by email.

Email discover@northtyneside.gov.uk.  There is a website http://northshieldstrail.org/ where you can download a trail around North Shields, we also have copies in the library. 

There are also a few cycle maps of north Tyneside which are very useful for finding your way around the area http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse-display.shtml?p_ID=28681 

There is also information on walking on the North Tyneside Council website http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/144/walking

From North Shields library by email

Tynemouth and North Shields walks

Read my account of a wet walk round Tynemouth.

The Blue Plaque Walk

The Coastal Walk

Coastal Heritage Trail

Real Ale Experience

The Robert Westall Walk

Royal Quays Art Walk

Cullercoats walks

Cullercoats Art Trail

The Coastal Walk

Coastal Heritage Trail

Whitley Bay walks

The Coastal Walk

Coastal Heritage Trail

Whitley Bay Walk

South Tyneside Council

South Shields

Follow the link below and start walking …


Read Pevsner – Durham

Local History section


Thank you Gill at the tourist office of South Shields library (The Word) for sending me an envelope full of leaflets which are wonderful walks and information about the area. They are greatly appreciated. I have tried to link those online here where possible.


Read Pevsner – Durham.

Local History section

Refer to South Shields tourist department on 0191 424 7846


Read my account of a flying visit to Hebburn.

“Hebburn through time” and “Hebburn History Tour” both by Derek Dodds

Read Pevsner – Durham.

City of Sunderland

Next time

A flying visit to Hebburn

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