This book derives from a project to commemorate the wartime evacuations,
but due to Covid19 the project was cancelled and rather than waste the research
George and Phyllis had done they decided to present it in book form, self-publishing
through WLHS with all profits going to the society.

The book cost is £5.00 per copy, and is available through George. 

Tel:  07836703798  or



 A to Z of Newcastle

Newcastle was named as the best place to visit in the world in 2018 by Rough Guides in the year it hosts the Great Exhibition of the North. The city is famous for its history, architecture, shopping, nightlife and the friendliness of its people known as ‘Geordies’. People with links to Newcastle are famous throughout the world and include railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson, the inventor of the light bulb Joseph Swan, the ‘King of Coal’ John Buddle and the inventor of the steam turbine Charles Parsons. In sport, Paul Gascoigne, Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards, Tanni Grey Thompson and Stephen Miller all have links with the ‘Toon’. In the music and entertainment business Ant and Dec, Cheryl, Mark Knopfler, Sting, The Animals and Lindisfarne all started life on the banks of the Tyne. The cult film Get Carter was filmed here as was Byker Grove, and Geordie Shore still is.

Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) is an organisation set up to deliver projects and initiatives on both sides of the river, and the Newcastle City Guides operate through NGI. The book therefore includes some buildings, monuments and people that are situated in or are associated with Gateshead and Tyneside. When asked to write this book the main challenge was to try to fit everything into the space available as Newcastle has a vast number of important buildings streets and landmarks. Many sculptures and plaques record links with numerous important people over time including kings, queens, inventors, engineers, architects, sporting heroes, entertainers, TV stars, rock stars, reality stars and even a vampire rabbit. A lot of excellent books on Newcastle have been published over the years and this book will hopefully encourage readers to delve deeper into some of the names and places listed here to find out more information about this fascinating city. Another requirement was to include at least one entry for each letter of the alphabet, which I have achieved (just), but some letters have more entries than others.




To W.L.H.S.: thank you so much for advertising our book. The
proceeds are going to DEFA in order to be able to continue with the work on the
Doxford engine housed at Beamish. It can be purchased from:

Susan Adamson DEFA secretary, her email is

The book has some 454 A4 pages in easy to read print and
covers some of the changes in design of the Doxford engine from 1910 to the 1980s.

We are charging £20 plus package and postage.


For those who don’t already own a copy, WILLIAM RICHARDSON’s HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF WALLSEND is still available in print and available for about ten pounds


Another contribution by Ken Hutchinson to the area’s historical archive:


This book concentrates on features of Newcastle past and present that are all visible today.  The reason why they are there is often unknown, has been forgotten, or in other words is ‘Secret’. Many of the subjects featured in the book are ‘invisible’, in full view to everyone – people walk past them every day taking them for granted, have never noticed them before, or indeed have walked over them every day for years. This was certainly true in my case, as I discovered a few years ago whilst training to be a Newcastle City Guide.  All these features were pointed out to me and despite thinking I knew Newcastle like the back of my hand, having lived and worked here for well over 50 years, my eyes were well and truly reopened. 

Most of the photographs I have used show plaques, statues, sculptures, artworks and buildings that I have walked past for years without realising their significance. 

 Newcastle and the surrounding areas have produced some of the most influential people in British and world history as well as great inventors, musicians, artists and politicians; the city has welcomed a wide range of British and international visitors including many visits by Royalty: all of this is recorded in the streets around us, in the centre of Newcastle, if you know where to look.                                    

The book has been arranged to follow five different walks around Newcastle: The first four radiate from Grey’s Monument in the centre of the city and the last is based on the Quayside starting at the Guildhall. Most are about a mile in length and are fairly flat and accessible to all.

When I do my guided tours around Newcastle and the surrounding area, I always give out a general health warning at the start advising you to take care when you start looking above shop front level and down on pavements; you will discover so many features of interest that you may well forget to watch where you are going and might trip over a kerb or walk into a bollard.

So be careful out there – you have been warned!                                                       Ken Hutchinson         





About the Author:

During his career as a Town Planner he has developed a great interest in local history, historic buildings and especially how an area changes over time. He is a tour guide for Newcastle City Guides, Tyne & Wear Museums, the National Trust and English Heritage.


One Common Enemy: The “Laconia” Incident –
A Survivor’s Memoir

Jim McLoughlin with David Gibb

·  Paperback: 220 pages
·  Publisher: National Maritime Museum (Sep 2006)
·  ISBN-10: 094806577X
·  ISBN-13: 978-0948065774

In ‘One Common Enemy’, Jim McLoughlin recounts how the chaos
and carnage of war at sea in the Norwegian and Mediterranean campaigns led him
to a fateful rendezvous with a much-loved ship from his boyhood, the Wallsend-built
passenger liner ‘Laconia’. Nostalgia turned to disaster when ‘Laconia’ was torpedoed by a
German U-boat in the South Atlantic and despite a remarkable rescue attempt by
a courageous, compassionate foe, Jim was condemned to a drifting lifeboat and a
harrowing voyage of death and madness.

‘One Common Enemy’ is a story of a desperate personal
battle for survival, but also a moving narrative of innocence lost and a
lifelong battle confronting memories.


A Mariner of England: An Account of the Career
of William Richardson from Cabin Boy in the Merchant Service to Warrant Officer
in the Royal Navy (1780 to 1819) as told by himself [Paperback]

339 pages – Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (2000)
 ISBN-10: 1402186592 / ISBN-13: 978-1402186592

Born in South Shields in 1768, this is Richardson’s own account of life in the navy and merchant services at the height
of Britain’s sea power.
He first went to sea with his father, graduated to colliers bringing coal to London, but  was drawn by the romance of the
tall masts of the great trading ships and found himself, somewhat surprisingly, on a slave trader bound for the Guinea Coast.
We might be disappointed that he doesn’t show more disgust at an abhorrent trade, but this is a fascinating first hand account of life at sea and a brilliant insight into the piteous lives of the victims of trade in humans.

Richardson died in his nineties in Portsmouth.


Cuthbert Collingwood
The Northumbrian Who Saved The Nation

by Andrew Griffin

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of  great leader Nelson is remebered; let us not forget it was Rear-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood took control of the British fleet when his close friend was mortally wounded.
It was the Newcastle born commander who led the Royal Navy to victory. It was Collingwood who received the swords
of the French and Spanish Admirals.
Read the story of one of the North East’s greatest sons for whom defeat was not an option.
• Paper Back
• 130 pages



Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice are two towns on the North East coast with fascinating histories. They are now both popular with tourists but started life in different ways. Whitley Bay was developed as a tourist resort in the last century whereas Seaton Sluice was built in the 1700s as an industrial centre around a busy port. Over the last hundred years they have both witnessed dramatic change including the loss of some prominent landmarks. Using mainly colour postcards from North Tyneside Library’s local collection, author and local historian Ken Hutchinson gives us a glimpse at how life in the settlements has changed over the last century. Ken hopes the book will bring back happy memories to some, remind others of the lost buildings and structures, and introduce those unfamiliar with the areas to two attractive seaside towns linked by a spectacular coastline.

Publisher:  Amberley
ISBN 978-1-4456-0541-8


This fascinating compilation of early Newcastle photographs, paintings, etchings and postcards takes us on a tour of one of the UK’s greatest cities. We explore not only some of Newcastle’s renowned landmarks, such as the Tyne bridges, but also less frequently pictured aspects of the city including its street characters, local markets, shops, theatres and early cinemas, and the historic River Tyne, by whose banks this great city developed and prospered. Newcastle-upon-Tyne has a rich and fascinating history, and this collection of images and informative captions will be essential reading for anybody who knows and loves this city. Principally sourced from Newcastle City Libraries’ collections, Lost Newcastle in Colour unites a wealth of rare and unpublished images to reveal that the Newcastle of a century and more ago was as colourful and vibrant a city as it is in the present day.

Publisher:  Amberley
ISBN 978-1-4456-2076-3


Tynemouth and Cullercoats are two villages on the north east coast with long and interesting histories.
They are both now known as popular tourist attractions with Tynemouth dominated by its Priory and
Castle and Cullercoats by its picturesque fisherman’s bay. Over the last hundred years or so some
parts remain largely the same but other areas have seen dramatic change including the loss of some
prominent landmarks. Using colour postcards from North Tyneside Library’s Local collection Ken Hutchinson
offers us a glimpse of how life in the settlements has changed over the last century. This book will hopefully
bring back happy memories to some, remind others of lost buildings and those not too familiar with the
area will be introduced to a bygone age of Edwardian elegance, bathing machines and fisher folk. 


(Amberley Publishing 2009)
IBSN 978 1 84868 320 4

Following on from his excellent book Wallsend, published as part of the “Images of England” series by Tempus publications Ltd in 2005,  local historian Ken Hutchinson continues to document the changing face of Wallsend, in
Wallsend Through Time;
  this is local history in pictorial form at its best. More than 180 beautiful photographs,
 illustrate graphically Wallsend’s long and distinguished history from AD124 as Segedunum at the end of Hadrian’s wall, to it’s era as a settlement around the village green, on to its glory years as a world leader in the industries of Coal Mining and Shipbuilding.

No doubt, these pictures will rekindle happy memories of days gone by growing up, or working in Wallsend for some, while for younger readers they offer a unique glimpse of their heritage.

Profits from this book will be donated to St. Oswald’s Hospice.

Ken Hutchinson is Vice Chairman of Wallsend Local History Society.

Ken’s previous book ‘WALLSEND’ in the Images of England series, also remains in print.

 ‘WALLSEND COLLIERY PIT DISASTER 18TH JUNE 1835’ – By Ken and Pauline Hutchinson

Available from North Tyneside Libraries. (Booklet of 26 pages)


  ‘Wallsend Remembered Vol.2’



Wallsend Shops – Past and Present
is a personal view of Wallsend and was written with the help of memories from
members of the Wallsend Local History Society. It does not cover every shop
that has been in Wallsend but most of the more memorable ones that have traded
in this once busy town. It contains many old and some never before seen photographs and many adverts of
some of these shops.
There are over six hundred shops and businesses mentioned in this book, some going
back over one hundred years and others that are still trading today.



We recently enjoyed Steve Boundey’s talk on Wallsend Pubs and are therefore happy to announce that Steve’s book has now been launched.

This book contains as many of the pubs and clubs in Wallsend, that are known to have existed. 

Where possible, photographs of each establishment have been included along with some

interesting history of the buildings.

It is hoped that the book brings back many happy memories of the good old days for anyone who

has had a pint or two in any of these pubs & clubs and gives a fascinating insight into the old

watering holes that used to dominate the area.


Wallsend Remembered covers a variety of memories by local
author Steve Boundey. The book recalls the places people used to live that have
now long gone. It also features the many local schools, as well as sport,
transport and community activities. Another section describes how young people
used to play – in ways very different from today.

It is a personal view but it is hoped that the stories will
help readers recall their own memories of growing up in the area.

With over 240 photographs of Wallsend, Howdon and Willington
Quay from the early 1900s to the present day.