The Tyneside town of Wallsend has always looked the sea for opportunities. Standing on the banks of the River Tyne, next door to the great city of Newcastle, it first became associated with shipbuilding in 1759 with the establishment of Hurry's Shipbuilders at Howdon and Willington Quay. Ropeworks and sail makers were set up as well and Hurry's whaling ships going to the Greenland Fisheries led to bone cleaning and blubber boiling industries at Howdon. The town's industrial base began to diversify into chemicals from the mid-nineteenth and the coal industry was also a major local employer with the Rising Sun Colliery operating from 1900 till its closure in 1969. Wallsend At Work explores the life of the town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations it takes us through the rise of the shipbuilding industry and the town's proud role as a builder of some of the greatest ships of the early twentieth century, the postwar decline of its main industries and the closure of Swan Hunter shipyard. It also takes us into the twenty-first century as Wallsend reinvents itself as a provider of service industries as well as embracing new 'clean' technologies such as the building of offshore wind turbines.
Newcastle upon Tyne is one of England's great cities, and one of the most historically significant, with a proud heritage dating all the way back to Roman times. The city grew as an important centre for the wool in the fourteenth century and later became a major coal mining area but it was the famous River Tyne that brought real wealth and prestige to the city with the development of shipbuilding and ship repair work. Today the city is better known for its renowned university, its famous football club and its iconic bridges. Much of this rich and vibrant port city is still in evidence today. local author Ken Hutchinson takes the reader on their very own A-Z tour around the city's history, exploring the nooks and crannies, and along the way relating many a fascinating tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, this new A-Z guide to the city will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of these popular Tyne & Wear seaside towns. This new book guides us through the streets and alleyways, showing how their famous landmarks used to look and how they've changed over the years as well as exploring their lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice.
Newcastle History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this famous city. This new book guides us through the streets and alleyways, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they've changed over the years as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Newcastle.
Evidence of Newcastle's past can be seen in its streets. The city's Roman origins are represented by remaining sections of Hadrian's Wall, and its industrial heritage is evident in its quayside and warehouses. In addition to these more visually obvious fragments of the past exist little-known passages, buildings, tunnels and other secret places that reveal that there is more to Newcastle than meets the eye. Join author Ken Hutchinson in exploring the more clandestine aspects of the city's long and varied history.
Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice are two towns on the North East coast with fascinating histories. They are now both popular with tourists but started life in different ways. Whitley Bay was developed as a tourist resort in the last century whereas Seaton Sluice was built in the 1700s as an industrial centre around a busy port. Over the last hundred years they have both witnessed dramatic change including the loss of some prominent landmarks. Using mainly colour postcards from North Tyneside Library's local collection, author and local historian Ken Hutchinson gives us a glimpse at how life in the settlements has changed over the last century. Ken hopes the book will bring back happy memories to some, remind others of the lost buildings and structures, and introduce those unfamiliar with the areas to two attractive seaside towns linked by a spectacular coastline.