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Articles from the North East Journal of Labour History

Articles originally printed in Past and Present, the newsletter of the Ouseburn Trust Heritage Group between 2007-8

Articles originally printed in the Ouseburn Heritage and Newcastle Community Heritage magazines produced between 1999-2004, edited by Mike Greatbatch

  • Ouseburn and the Movies by Brent Callaghan - the film 'On the Night of the Fire' released in 1940 was partially filmed in Ouseburn
  • Ouseburn Valley Homing Society - photos and memories of Joe Cambell about keeping and racing pigeons in the area.
  • Waiting for the Tide - an article by Mike Greatbatch about the Newcastle Motor Boat Club and its boats moored on the Ouseburn.
  • A Battlefield Midwife - Anne Jameson Brooks tells the story of her great great grandmother, Ann Jameson, one of Newcastle's first registered midwives.
  • Canon Bernard East - by Joan Telford - the vicar of Saint Ann's Church from 1892-1928 who worked tirelessly to help the poor of the area including a soup kitchen. This also includes the story of W Henry Todd, organist and music leader at the Church for 54 years.
  • Ouseburn's White Cemeteries by Freda Booth - the dangerous work undertaken in Ouseburn's two leadworks.
  • College Sweets - Helen Atkinson remembers working at the sweet factory on Albion Row.
  • Ouseburn Quay Wall - a short article about the uncovering of the original quay wall in 2004
  • St Ann's Church Concert - a short article describing a photo from 1931.
  • Turnbull's Pottery - Anne Wilkinson writes about a plate made by this Ouseburn Pottery in mid 19th century
  • The Dead House at the mouth of the Ouseburn Geoff Underwood explains the history of this morgue mainly for people drowned in the rivers Tyne or Ouseburn and the services of Cuckoo Jack in recovering the bodies. Keith Armstrong also describes the sad case of Adam Allan
  • The Ship Inn by Mel Deighton - the history of The Ship Inn and the neighbourhood.
  • Growing up in The Cumberland Arms and Jocker Wood - Ellen Petch remembers growing up in The Cumberland Arms where her Father was the publican. Her grandfather Jocker Wood owned this and two other pubs and was an all-round sportsman and champion quoits player.
  • Collapse of The Cumberland Arms, 1898 - Bob Lackenby recounts the disastrous attempt to modernise this public house.
  • Memories of Ouseburn and Byker - by Mike Greatbatch - some reminiscences of the area during world war 2 and details of the oral history project.
  • Sheltering in the Ouseburn Culvert - photos and memories from Joan Duckett.
  • Life on Ouse Street in the 1920s - photos and memories of childhood and married life based on conversations with Charlotte Horner and her daughters Brenda and Norma.
  • Potts Coal Merchant on Lime Street - memories and photos from May Todd about her early years living above the coal depot at 3-5 Lime Street.
  • Memories of a Shieldfield Boyhood - by Norman Burn
  • Life in Ouseburn Road - photos and memories from Alf Brown
  • Growing up in Stepney Road - by Hilda Storey - using family photos and research to present a personal account of this area in the 1950s and 60s.
  • Growing up on Stepney Bank - Norma Bryson remembers her childhood on Stepney Bank where her father worked for Curries Haulage, her Grandfather keeping pigeons and her Father a motor boat, Brown Jug Yard, ponies goats and a visiting elephant, and going scranning on the tip.
  • Mill Yard - Betty Joyce was interviewed by Mike Greatbatch about her memories of Mill Yard at the top of Stepney Bank where she was born in 1910.
  • Dolmans Yard - a history of Warburtons Buildings (now the Village Green) including 2 and 4 Lime Street and Mill House, with notes on the adjoining riverside industries and memories from Alfie Brown of the people who lived there.
  • Grearsons Stables - based on the memories of Rita and Nancy Grearson of the business Grearson Cart Proprietors and growing up at 3 Stepney Road
  • Andersons Yard and the follow-up article James Anderson and Son include photos and memories about this Cart Proprietors and Haulage company from Alf Brown, Hilda Trueman and Jim Anderson.
  • The Chain Horse Driver - Jackie Martin's memories of his early working life as a chain horse lad, providing the extra pulling power to get heavily laden carts uphill.
  • Curries Yard - Joan Robinson's memories of growing up on Stepney Bank, her father's work for Curries Haulage, school days and memories including success with the Ladies Darts Team at The Ship Inn.
  • Stepney Bank Stables - a short history of stables and haulage in Ouseburn continuing now with the new role of Stepney Bank Stables.
  • J Jones Fish and Chips - by Mike Greatbatch - a short article about the shops on Gibson Street and Crawhall Road
  • Imperial Cottage and the Muras Family - by Joan Telford - based on family photos a letter from her grandfather who was living in Imperial Cottage on Foundry Lane to his son in Sheffield.
  • Tyne Street - the story of one of the oldest roads in East Newcastle, based on Brian Laws illustrated report
  • Life in Tyne Street - Lily Smith remembers her early life in Tyne Street in the 1920s and her father's work on the quayside.
  • Tales from the Quay - James Armstrong describes his experiences of the Quayside as a child in the 1950s and 60s.
  • Early days on the Riverside - James Alder remembers playing, exploring and drawing on the Quayside.
  • About wherries - a short article by Jane Kendall about wherries.
  • Wherries on the Ouseburn memories of George Hill who grew up on Tyne Street including the wherries delivering on the Ouseburn
  • The Butter Boat Men - George Scott remembers his grandfather and uncles working on the docks unloading the 'butter boats' from Scandinavia.
  • Millers Hill to Ypres Salient - by Mike Greatbatch - an article seeking more details about Millers Hill where Brian Grieves' grandfather George Grieves lived before going to fight in the first world war. Brian's completed research can be seen on the One Time One Place website.