Upcoming Events

Local History Mondays at West End Library, Condercum Road


Monday 5th June at 1pm

“At or near a place called Scotswood”

The title of this illustrated talk by Ian Farrier is taken from the title of the Act of Parliament that produced the first bridge across the Tyne at Scotswood.  The talk will look at why and how the Chain Bridge was built, and its significance for the subsequent development of Scotswood.  

Monday 11th September at 1pm

The Blaydon Races  

Pat Lowery will give an illustrated talk about the history behind the Geordie anthem Blaydon Races.  Are you ready to sing? 

Monday 2nd October at 1pm

Robert Burns and Newcastle

Illustrated talk by Kevin Mochrie about Scotland’s national bard and his connections with Newcastle and the wider north east of England, including his links with Newcastle Utd.    

Monday 6th November at 1pm

The Story of the Military Road

Join Ian Farrier for an illustrated presentation about the first ever government-funded road and how it changed West Newcastle.

Booking essential. Email stjamesbenwell@gmail.com to book


Our Creative CommunityWest End Library, 11th September to 9th October

An exhibition exploring aspects of the local history of Newcastle’s west end using different arts and crafts including knitting, pottery, felting and silk painting and showcasing the creativity of our community.

Our Creative Community Activities during Heritage Open Days:

Monday 11th September 11-1               The Picture of Your Life     

Drop in to see West Newcastle Picture History Collection’s wonderful collection of photographs of the west end through the years and share your memories.  Choose a photograph that connects with  your life, and take a copy home with you.  

Monday 11th September 11-1               Knitters in Action!

Knitting demonstration by the City Library knitting group.  Join them and get knitting.

Monday 11th September 1-3                 Blaydon Races

Illustrated talk by Pat Lowery about the history behind the Geordie Anthem Blaydon Races.  Booking essential

Wednesday 13th September 10-12       Proggy Matting

Join Search to try your hand at the traditional local craft of proggy matting.        Watch two mats being created by local residents.

Friday 15th September 11-12                Treasures of the Libraries’ Collection

Illustrated talk about Newcastle Libraries’ photographic collection of more than 80,000 images, and how to access these.             Booking essential   

Friday 15th September 2-3                     Gannin’ Alang the Wall

Secrets of our very own World Heritage Site.  Meet Romans, natives and present day residents in this film made last year by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group about the route of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle. 


New film celebrating the route of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle

4. Native Britons at Newcastle castle

“Gannin’ Alang the Wall” was written and directed by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group.  This film follows the route of the Wall through Newcastle, starting at the fort of Segedunum just east of the city boundary and travelling west as far as Heddon. 

6. Roman soldier outside Gregg's on Shields Rd

On the way, we meet a host of characters including a troop of Roman soldiers marching up Westgate Hill, several disaffected natives, and some present day residents from communities along the route of the Wall.  To watch the film, click here.

Sharing the Film

The film can be used by other organisations and groups for public showings free of charge, provided that we are informed in advance.  DVD copies are available for this purpose – contact us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com for further 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.



You can find all of our previous publications free of charge on our Publications and Resources page – click here to see it.


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