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NOW AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME 2019 Events Programme

St James’ Heritage & Environment Group is ten years old this year. Celebrate with us. Ten years birthday celebration


Tuesday 7th May 2pm leaving from St James’ Church
Exploring Benwell Lane
This guided tour will explore the history of Benwell Lane and the big houses and mansions that lined it. (There will be an indoor talk if the weather is bad.).

Tuesday 14th May 2pm at St James’ Church
Summer Event
Join us for our summer event and annual meeting. This year marks the tenth birthday of the Heritage & Environment Group, and there will be an illustrated talk about our work over the past decade. We are also launching our new booklet about the history of St James’ Graveyard. And there will be a strawberry cream tea and an opportunity to plant some herbs and other edible plants to take home, as well as enjoying the sunshine in our lovely graveyard. Event free to all members: £2 for visitors.

Monday 20th May 11am-3.30pm at West End Library
Still and Moving
For Local History Month we have a special programme of slide shows and archive film. Come for part or all of the day. Refreshments provided including a light lunch.
Free event but donations are welcome.
11 am – Jimmy Forsyth and the Scotswood Road
A slide show of images by acclaimed local photographer Jimmy Forsyth from the unique photographic collection of West Newcastle Picture History Collection
1pm – Tyneside Life
A selection of film material from the archives of the North East Film Archive
2.30 pm – What About the Women?
At home, work and play in the 20th century – a chance to see how women have been portrayed on film from the north east’s archive collections.


Roman excavations in Pendower.
On March 5th, Alan Rushworth of the Archaeological Practice gave a talk at St James’ Church about the excavations carried out on the Pendower Estate in 2017 prior to the building of new homes. The excavation discovered some fascinating remains previously hidden under the original houses. These provided important insights into the civilian settlement linked to the Roman fort of Condercum. Click here Roman excavations in Pendower  to view selected images, courtesy of the Archaeological Practice. Please do not use or share these without permission.


Watch us at work in the graveyard, repairing gravestones and learning how to care of them.

In 2016 St James’ Heritage and Environment Group obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled us to commission a specialist stonemason/conservator to work with us over a two-year period to repair and restore many of the damaged gravestones.

The full film can be viewed on YouTube here – Restoring the Graveyard

To see the section on removing moss, click here.
To see the section on repairing gravestones, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Buddle grave, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Grace grave, click here.
To see the section on removing graffiti, click here.


Our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside can be viewed by clicking here.

Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne was commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group as part of our First World War project funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film was directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour.


Have you seen our new booklet about the history of the Bond Church which was launched on 3rd October in the new community garden on Adelaide Terrace which celebrates the history of this much-loved church? Remembering the Bond

New Heritage Trail: Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War

To commemorate the end of the First World War, we have produced a heritage trail showing some of the significant locations connected with the War. Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War-Heritage Trail

Watch our short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard  Stories from the Graveyard

– West End Stories: St James’ Heritage & Environment Group


The Graveyard Film – Watch our film about St James’ Graveyard