Recent research

A brief history of the Newcastle upon Tyne Motor Club - the story of the motor boat club on the Ouseburn, researched by Alistair Collin

Hoults Yard History - Charlie Hoult writes about his family's local business as it celebrates its centenary in 2017

Gladstone Adams and Ouseburn - Alistair Collin explains the historic connection between Gladstone Adams, the inventor of the windscreen wiper, and Ouseburn Valley. There is a full account of his life here.

Byker Buildings - a review of the history of Byker Buildings by Mike Greatbatch, researched for a consultation about redevelopment of James Place Street in 2015

26 Lime Street - Ouseburn's Industrial Layer Cake - a review of the history of 26 Lime Street and the Slipway by Mike Greatbatch, researched in 2017 in preparation for proposed redevelopment.

Toffee Factory - a little history - a short booklet researched by Silvie Fisch in 2012 including interviews with former workers at Maynards Sweet Factory and the Steenberg family.

Articles from the North East Journal of Labour History

Politics in the Piggery: Chartism in the Ouseburn 1838-1848 see page 33 of the 2014 Journal for a fascinating study of working class radical politics in Ouseburn by Mike Greatbatch

The following articles were originally printed in Past and Present, the newsletter of the Ouseburn Trust Heritage Group between 2007-8

The Ship Tavern and the Mouth of the Ouseburn - this article includes history of the glassmaking industry, The Ship Tavern (now The Tyne Bar), Ballast Hills and other features of this area around the mouth of the Ouseburn

Stokoe's Canvas Works - a short history of this building at 47-49 Lime Street

Cattle Sanatorium - a short history of this building on the site of Lower Steenbergs Yard

The Crawhall Family - the story of three generations, ropemakers and artists in the St Anns area.

Ouseburn Culvert and the City Stadium - the building of the Culvert, its use as an air raid shelter, the tip and the city stadium. This article was written by Marian Jones with some additional research by Mike Greatbatch, Mick Newrick and Phil Thirkell

The Cumberland Arms - a short history of this pub

From the Lop to the Star and Shadow - a short history of local cinemas by Terry Lynch

The Sailors Bethel - a history of the building by Elsie Denham

William Coulson Monument - a short history of this monument and drinking fountain celebrating the founder of the PDSA

Better Damp than Dead the Victoria Tunnel in wartime - Marion Jones writes about the conversion of the Tunnel to serve as an air raid shelter during World War Two and what it would have been like for local people using it.

Lizzie Dowson and her family - a summary researched by Phil Thirkell, a member of the Ouseburn Heritage Group in 2005, it is part of a whole collection of resources about Lizzie Dowson and the Victorian Leadworks.

The following articles were 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.

Ouseburns 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 up hill.

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.