Welcome

West End Local History Walks

We will be running some guided walks during the autumn.  Watch this space for more information.

Visit St James Graveyard

Visit the historic graveyard of St James’, burial place of the developer Richard Grainger, mining engineer John Buddle, glass manufacturer John Sowerby among others.  We welcome visitors any Wednesday morning between 10am and 1pm or at other times by arrangement.  Volunteers are available to show you around – but please contact us in advance if you would like a tour by emailing stjamesbenwell@gmail.com.

You can also read or download our two graveyard guides from the Publications and resources page of this website – “A Guide to St James’ Graveyard and A short history of St James’ Graveyard, Benwell.

We are unable to show visitors around St James’ Church at the moment.  Anyone wishing to look around the building should contact St James’ Church directly.  You can read or download a heritage guide to the church from the Publications and resources page of this website – St James’ Church Heritage Guide.

Remembering St Joseph’s Church:

A new book telling the story of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Benwell.  The church closed in 2013 but the iconic building with its colourful dome still stands.  Email us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com or visit us on a Wednesday morning at St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane, between 10am-1pm if you would lie to obtain a copy of this book.  Click here to view the book.

Talks and Films

For Local History Month this year we have specially recorded four talks and a film about aspects of the history of Newcastle’s Outer West. Click on the talk below to open it in YouTube.

Canary Island
To Lemington by Rail
A Passage of Tyne
The Battle of Newburn: which side would you be on?
The Battle of Newburn: a view from the winning side

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2021

NEW maps and pictures book

Our new book “Newcastle’s Outer West through the years in Maps and Pictures” is now available.  Copies can be obtained on this website by clicking here, by emailing us on stjamesbenwell@gmail.com or by coming along to one of our Local History Month events at Newburn (see above for details).

NEW Heritage Guides

Just released – a new heritage trail in this series of illustrated booklets exploring the history of different neighbourhoods in West Newcastle.  This new guide takes you on a five-mile circular walk around Newburn, Lemington, Bell’s Close and Sugley, taking in the former industrial sites.

You can download this guide by clicking here OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

The other heritage guides cover the areas of  different neighbourhoods in West Newcastle.  These include walk trails that take you around local heritage sites.  The booklets cover the areas of:

Elswick
Benwell
Denton Dene and Old Scotswood
The Outer West areas of Newburn, Lemington, Sugley and Bells’ Close

You can download these booklets by clicking on the area above OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

 

WEST END AT WAR: STORIES FROM THE HOME FRONT

A new booklet telling the stories in their own words of nineteen residents of the west end of Newcastle who lived through the Second World War”  You can download these booklets by clicking here OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

 

WEST END PUZZLES WITH A LOCAL HISTORY THEME

How well do you know the history of the area?

Our new (April 2021) West End puzzle booklet is available by clicking here

Our February 2021 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Pendower Puzzles – a new puzzle booklet focusing on the history of this west end estate available here

Our December 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our September 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our June 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our May 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our March 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interested facts is available here

ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION BY EMAIL

If you would like to join our contact list to receive emails about our events and activities, email us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com and ask to subscribe.

PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS

You can find all of our previous publications, including West End Stories and Benwell and Scotswood in the Early 20th Century on our Publications and Resources page – click here to see it.

CONTACT

Email: stjamesbenwell@gmail.com
Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD