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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or visit us on a Wednesday morning at St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane, between 10am-1pm if you would like 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
You can download these booklets by clicking on the area above OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST END PUZZLES WITH A LOCAL HISTORY THEME
How well do you know the history of the area?
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 email@example.com and ask to subscribe.
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.
Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD