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Change of speaker for local history talk on Monday 21st January

THE REAL MILITARY ROAD
Monday 21st January 1pm at the West End Library

Due to illness, the advertised talk on Richard Grainger’s transformation of Newcastle town centre will be replaced by an illustrated presentation by Ian Farrier of West Newcastle Picture History Collection on the subject of ” The (real) Military Road.” Ian will talk about the real Military Road from the Westgate of Newcastle out towards Throckley – why it was built, when it was built, where it was built and who built it.

This is a unique opportunity to see some of the archive photographs from the unique collection of some 20,000 images of places and people in the West End maintained by West Newcastle Picture History Collection at the West End Library.

There will be refreshments at the end of the talk, including chocolate biscuits.

 

You can use the menu above to find out information about us – who we are and what we do, as well as the history and importance of the church and the graveyard. Please have a look at our What’s On page which will tell you about any forthcoming events or activities that you can take part in

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.

ALSO AVAILABLE TO WATCH

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.

REMEMBERING THE BOND

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

JANUARY EVENTS

Tuesday 8th January 2pm at St James’ Church
Our first event of 2019 is an illustrated talk by local author Andrew Clark titled “The Big Freeze”. Andrew will recall the harsh winters of 1941 and 1947 – and other dramatic weather events that have hit the north east.

Tuesday 15th January 2pm at St James’ Church
Join Olive Taylor for a guided tour of the church. Dress warmly!

Monday 21st January 1pm at West End Library
“City of Palaces”: an illustrated talk by Olive Taylor about how Richard Grainger transformed Newcastle in the 19th century from a cramped and chaotic medieval town to one of the finest city centres in Europe

NOW AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME  2019 Events Programme

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

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

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLApmrnW2j8

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

              https://youtu.be/W2pQFH8up5g 

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