Local History Talks

Friday 30th September 2pm
Discovery Museum
“One couple, two mayors: a view of early 20th century Newcastle from the official coach”
Illustrated talk by Rosie Serdiville about the stories embodied in the series of albums from the time of the Granthams, recording memorable moments of local life ranging from the Montagu Pit Disaster to royal visits.
Monday 3rd October 1pm
West End Library, Condercum Road
“Gannin’ Alang the Wall”
A showing of our film about the real route of Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle, followed by a talk about the findings from recent excavations along the Roman Wall area of West Newcastle by one of the archaeologists involved in these excavations.  
Monday 10th October 2.30 pm
Newcastle City Library
“A brief history of the West End”
Illustrated talk by West Newcastle Picture History Collection describing how West Newcastle has moved westwards over the past 200 years as the city has expanded. 
Monday 7th November 1pm
West End Library, Condercum Road 
“Benwell: from a landed estate to a big city suburb”
An illustrated talk by West Newcastle Picture History Collection tracing the development of Benwell from agricultural fields and primitive mining, via a turnpike road, great mansions and river bridge, into today’s residential suburb.

Guided Walk

Wednesday 19th October 1pm
Leaves from entrance to St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane
“Benwell Lane through the centuries”
Circular walk exploring the history of this area and its residents from Roman times to the present day.

Family event

Thursday 27th October 11am
Newcastle City Library
“A Potted History of Newcastle”
Half-term holiday event for children. Try out some old-style toys. Have a go at making a model of your house in clay.  No unaccompanied adults.


Newcastle City Library, Floor 6
Discovery Museum cafe
“A Potted History of West Newcastle”
This exhibition of pottery models made by more than 200 residents to depict scenes from the history of Newcastle’s west end will be on display until the end of October.
West End Library
“Invention and Innovation in West Newcastle”

Visit our exhibition prepared specially for this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of Invention and Innovation. 

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.


Our latest publication “1952 and All That”, which explores what life in Newcastle’s West End was like at the time Queen Elizabeth came to the throne, can be viewed by clicking on this link
Copies of the book can be obtained from us by emailing stjamesbenwell@gmail.com.  Copies are also available from local libraries.

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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