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West End Local History Walks

We will be running some guided walks during the autumn.

Thursday 25th November 11am
Ruth Nicholson’s Elswick

Circular walk starting at Kenilworth Road, Elswick, where a plaque has recently been erected to commemorate the achievements of local resident Ruth Nicholson, a pioneer in medicine in the early 20th century. Visiting places relevant to her life, the walk highlights the major changes that have taken place across the area.

Wednesday 1st December 1pm
Benwell’s Lost Coalmines

Circular walk starting at St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane, visiting sites associated with the area’s coalmining heritage.

Tuesday 7th December 10.30am
Walking through the History of Newcastle’s Outer West

This walk leaves from the Battle of Newburn memorial on the riverside in Newburn Riverside Country Park, passing through the neighbouring areas of Lemington, Bell’s Close and Sugley to explore the fascinating heritage of this area. This is a five-mile circular walk – no steep climbs.

Numbers limited – Booking essential

To book or for further information, contact us by emailing stjamesbenwell@gmail.com or by leaving a message on our answering service at 0191 2528675

We are running activities outdoors only for the rest of this year. To help keep everyone safe, we ask that you bring a mask with you.

Autumn Leaves in the Graveyard

Wednesday 17th November
St James’ Graveyard

Have you an hour or so to spare on November 17th between 10.30 am – 3.30 pm?

We are struggling to maintain the historic graveyard of St James’ as our volunteer numbers have declined during the pandemic. Autumn is an especially busy time as thousands of leaves fall from the many beautiful trees.

We are looking for help with sweeping up the leaves.
Why not join us for a period during the day?
We can also give you a quick guided tour around the graveyard looking at the graves of some of the interesting people buried there, if you are interested.

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.

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 stjamesbenwell@gmail.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.

Canary Island
To Lemington by Rail
A Passage of Tyne
The Battle of Newburn: which side would you be on?
The Battle of Newburn: a view from the winning side

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 stjamesbenwell@gmail.com 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.

You can download this guide by clicking here OR obtain a printed copy by emailing us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

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:

Elswick
Benwell
Denton Dene and Old Scotswood
The Outer West areas of Newburn, Lemington, Sugley and Bells’ Close

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 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 stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

 

WEST END PUZZLES WITH A LOCAL HISTORY THEME

How well do you know the history of the area?

Our new (April 2021) West End puzzle booklet is available by clicking here

Our February 2021 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Pendower Puzzles – a new puzzle booklet focusing on the history of this west end estate available here

Our December 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our September 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our June 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our May 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interesting facts is available here

Our March 2020 booklet of word searches, crosswords, quizzes and interested facts is available here

PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS

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

ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION BY EMAIL

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CONTACT

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