MAY IS LOCAL HISTORY MONTH

If you are interested in local history, why not join in our activities for  Local History Month?  This year we are focusing on Newcastle’s outer west areas of Newburn, Lemington, Sugley and Bell’s Close.  There are four new talks and a film for you to watch – available on this website NOW.  Click here to find out more.

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

If you want to get out and explore local history yourself, there is a guided tour of the historic church of St Michael and All Angels, a choice of self-guided walks, and a group walk around the former industrial sites of the outer west.  Click here to find out more.

WHAT’S NEW

NEW maps and pictures book

Our new book “Newcastle’s Outer West through the years in Maps and Pictures” will be launched on Wednesday 19th May.  Available to view on this website.  Copies can be obtained by emailing us on stjamesbenwell@gmail.com or 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

VISITING ST JAMES’ GRAVEYARD

We are continuing to look after the historic graveyard of St James’ in Benwell.  At the moment we are unable to welcome visitors to the graveyard on Tuesdays.  However, visitors are able to visit the graveyard on Wednesday mornings between 10am -1pm when the gates are unlocked and look around on their own.  We cannot give guided tours but there are three interpretation boards which provide information about the history and environment of the graveyard.  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.

ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION BY EMAIL

Currently we are sending out weekly emailings of local history information, quizzes, crosswords and other puzzles, as well as information about events and activities.  If you would like to receive emails, and are not already on our contact list, 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