We are cancelling all our events until further notice in light of the most recent official advice. As well as events, you will not be able to visit us at St James’ on Tuesdays.

We are leaving details of the original planned programme on the website for information, as we hope to be able to reschedule everything at a later date. Updates will be posted here as the situation changes.

Information on changes to our programme will be posted on this website.  

We have an email contact list which we normally use to send  out information about our events and activities.  Over the coming weeks, we will be using this to send out local history quizzes and information to help entertain those stuck at home, as well as to share relevant information about local services and support available.

If you would like to receive emails, and you are not already on our contact list, email us at stjamesbenwell@gmail.com


How well do you know the history of the area? 

We have a new (June 2020) booklet of West End Puzzles available now by clicking here

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

Click here to see our previous booklet


If you have time on your hands, why not watch one of our short films or look at one of our local history publications? To see what’s available, click on the publications and resources page at the top of this screen.

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.

(Cancelled until further notice) Available March-May 2020 Events Programme March-May 2020 Events Programme 


Tuesday 10th March at 2pm at St James’ Church
St James’ Church – keeping memories alive
St James’ Church is full of objects intended to keep the memories of different local people alive for future generations – from the impressive memorial plaques and carvings dedicated to wealthy and famous individuals to the memorial commemorating all the local residents who died in the First World War. There are also reminders of local places that were once at the heart of communities but have now gone without trace. Join us for this guided tour of the church focusing on the various memorials to be seen.

Monday 16th March at 1pm at the West End Library
Exploring the Homes for Heroes: a seated walking tour around Pendower
Pendower was one of Newcastle’s first council housing estates – and the first in the west end. It was built a hundred years ago to provide homes fit for heroes to live in. Join Richard Bliss for a virtual tour around Pendower, exploring its history and people.


Tuesday 7th April at 10.30am at Cruddas Park Library
St Stephen’s Church and the transformation of Elswick
St Stephen’s Church opened in Low Elswick in 1868 when the area was growing rapidly with new industries and thousands of new residents. Just 120 years later the church itself was demolished along with most of the homes. Today only the spire still stands. Join us for an illustrated talk about the history of the church and old photographs of the surrounding area during the period of mass clearance and new building.

Friday 17th April at 11am at Fenham Library
People and Places of West Newcastle
This illustrated talk will take you on a whistle-stop tour through the history of the inner west communities of Benwell, Scotswood and Elswick – from the Roman occupation to the regeneration programmes of the 21st century.

Monday 20th April at 1pm at the West End Library
The Other Casualties of War: the fates of disabled soldiers

Illustrated talk by Lynne Dixon about the treatment of soldiers disabled during the First World War, with stories of individuals and organisations.


Do you know about our Potted History project? Potted History of the West End

Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century
View our most recent publication “Benwell & Scotswood in the early 20th century – Benwell and Scotswood in the early 20th century

Catch up on our activities during 2019  Newsletter NOV 2019

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.


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.

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

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


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