Publications and Resources

Here you will find links to our collection of publications and resources which you can view and download.

Click here for descriptions of these items …

Hidden Nature Exhibition

St James’ Graveyard Benwell – A haven for wildlife

Local History in Lockdown

Our first booklet of word searches, crossword, quiz and interesting facts

Our second booklet of word searches, crossword, quiz and interesting facts

Our third booklet of word searches, crossword, quiz and interesting facts

Talks from the Big Alternative Local History Event

Scot’s Wood: medieval Scotswood and its deer park, a talk by Rosie Serdiville –

The Survivors Tale, a talk by Ian Farrier –

What’s In A Name, a talk by Richard Bliss –

An 18th Century Newcastle Housekeeper, a talk by Sue Ward –

The Grand and the Majestic: Memories of a childhood spent in the cinemas of Condercum Road, a talk by John Taberham –

The full St James Heritage and Environment YouTube channel –

Resources for schools

History Hunters: Local history resources

World War 1 Resource Pack

Environmental learning resources

Local history books

A Short History of St James’ Graveyard, Benwell

Elswick Through the Years in Maps and Pictures

Benwell Through the Years in Maps and Pictures

Never Felt So Good – Benwell and Scotswood in Felt

Built On Coal, The Story of Coal Mining in Benwell, Scotswood and Elswick

Waiting at the Pit Head

Women’s Lives

Men’s Lives in the West End – Booklet

A Guide to St James’ Graveyard

John Buddle – King of the Coal Trade

Richard Grainger and the West End of Newcastle

Bishop Arthur Thomas Lloyd – Third Bishop of Newcastle

The Boy and The Hall (published by Newcastle Community Heritage Project)

Pendower Estate – Homes For Heroes

Atkinson Road – A Century of Schools in Benwell

Remembering the Bond

Heritage trails and guides

Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War – Heritage Trail

St James’ Church Heritage Guide

Children’s Graveyard Challenge

War Graves and Memorials at St. James’ Church

Benwell’s Lost Coal Mines- A Walking Trail

Benwell’s Big Houses – A Heritage Walk

Condercum: from the Romans to the bankers

Exploring 19th Century Elswick

Benwell and Elswick – Walking Tour

Alang The Road: Heritage Trail

Benwell Churches Heritage Trail

Famous Historical Figures of the West End

Films and audio recordings

Restoring the Graveyard – 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.

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.

Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne – our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside. This film 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.

Adelaide Terrace Memories- local voices

Stories from the Graveyard: telling the story of Benwell and Scotswood


Bringing it Back Home: What the First World War meant to Benwell and Scotswood. Extract from a performance at Bridgewater  School, November 2014

This film is partof our project Bringing it back home: Benwell and Scotswood during the First World War funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund


Come with us on a trip down the Tyne from Newcastle Quayside to the North Sea

Blaydon Races 150th Anniversary – short film of the schools concert at St. James’ church

Men’s Lives in the West End

Stories in the Graveyard – download and listen to stories told by Chris Bostock

Heritage & Environment Group Newsletters

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