What’s new?

HISTORY BOOK ABOUT THE OUTER WEST AREAS OF NEWBURN, LEMINGTON, SUGLEY AND BELL’S CLOSE

CAN YOU HELP?

We are working on a new “Maps and Pictures” book about the outer west areas of Newcastle.  Can you help?  We are looking for old photographs of people and places in these areas.  If you can help, please email us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com.

NEW Heritage Guides

We have just published a new series of illustrated booklets exploring the history 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 stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

WEST END STORIES

Our new booklet “West End Stories” is available now.  This is a collection of true stories from history of West Newcastle.  Did you know about the islands in the Tyne, the Shilling House, the great flood – and many other events and places in our history?  You can download the booklet by clicking here OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

LOST INDUSTRIES OF THE WEST NEWCASTLE RIVERSIDE

Two new films about the different industries that used to occupy the riverside from Elswick to Lemington.
“Quayside to Paradise” – local author Michael Chaplin narrates our film about a journey along the Tyne from Newcastle Quayside to Paradise, telling the stories of the lost industries that used to occupy the riverbanks. You can view this video by clicking here.
“The Gut is Great” – John Taberham explores the lost industries of Lemington Gut amidst the mud and ruins of the post-industrial landscape. You can view this video by clicking here.

NEW BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SCOTSWOOD

Our new book Scotswood through the Years in Maps and Pictures has just been launched.  View it here or contact us for a printed copy.

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.    

WATCH A FILM OR READ A BOOK

If you have time on your hands, why not watch one of our short films or look at one of our local history publications?

Top Choices:

“Riverside Voices”: a film about the stories of people who worked and lived along the West Newcastle riverside, directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne 

“Stories from the Graveyard: telling the story of Benwell and Scotswood”: a series of six short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard –   Stories from the Graveyard

“Restoring the Graveyard”: watch volunteers at work with a specialist stonemason restoring and repairing damaged memorials in the graveyard as part of a project funded by HLF – Restoring the Graveyard

“Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century”: one of our most recent publications – Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century

We have more than 30 books, heritage guides and films available to view or download.  To see what’s available, click on the Publications and resources page at the top of this screen.

THE BIG LOCAL HISTORY ALTERNATIVE EVENT

Bringing the West End’s History to Life

This event is part of this year’s Heritage Open Days programme and will be accessible through this website, Newcastle City Libraries social media and the HODs website.  Click on this link to watch this collection of illustrated talks about different aspects of the history of the west end, and see our digital exhibition and film – Watch now.

CONTACT

Email: stjamesbenwell@gmail.com
Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD