Old Swalwell Photographs 1


Surprisingly, there are many old photographs of Swalwell in existence, and some which are shown here have arrived in my email from as far afield as Canada and Australia. The 180 or so photographs on this and the next two pages are in no particular order either by date or subject, but all provide an interesting pictorial image of Swalwell over the last 100 years at least. If anyone can provide any information or identities of persons shown in the photographs, please let me know. Thank you!


Clavering Arms, The Avenue, Swalwell Swalwell Station Club Trip
The Avenue and Clavering Arms Swalwell Station on Club Trip Day
Swalwell Station Front Street
Swalwell Station Railway Street looking onto Front Street
Swalwell Station Axwell Pit buildings
The Foot of Whickham Bank Flower Show in Swalwell - 1909
Brewery Bank around 1963 Approach to Clavering Bridge
Swalwell Co-op Staff c. 1913 Swalwell Town Gate
The Three Tuns Bottom of Napier Road
Brewis Dairy Brinkburn Avenue c. 1950s
The Clavering Bridge Bus Crash - 1913 Front Street, Town Gate and War Memorial
Coronation Celebrations at Swalwell School The old Cricket Club at Crow Trees
Jubilee Terrace Miners from Henry Pit
Market Lane Opening of Swalwell War Memorial - 1919
The Seven Stars Agar's Store - Market Lane
The Grenade Boys - Arthur and Billy Swalwell School
The Avenue Barne's Store - bottom of Axwell Terrace
The Lampblack Factory Snowball's Brickworks
The 1913 bus crash The Dam Head
Crowley Hotel and Railway Street Crowley Hotel and Hexham Road
The Derwent The Elephant Inn
Front Street / Hexham Road Front Street from Railway Street
No prizes for guessing..! Sands (Hikey) Bridge
Derwent and Clavering Bridge Sands Bridge and Rail Bridge
Hood Street and War Memorial Derwenthaugh Coke Works
Band on Whickham Bank Front Street from Jubilee Terrace
Derwent Bridge... and bathers.! NCB dispersal point from Coalway Lane

Derwenthaugh Coke Works from

Woodhouse Lane

Duckpool Lane / junction Market Lane at

Old trains at the NCB dispersl area and Ellis Steelworks
Swalwell NCB dispersal area - now buried under IKEA and the like
Swalwell Infants School
Swalwell offices of Metro Radio c. 1980s Swalwell Infants School

Swalwell Brass Foundry Staff in the 1930s (Note; no Ridley Gardens behind the group)

(Photograph courtesy of Dougie Newstead)


Swalwell Kids

Alan Steele, Billy Hind, Billy Rodgers, David Bradley, Ken Gray & Andy Gofton

On the Hoppings Field in the 1950s


The fence behind them was later chopped up by George Gillender and myself in the early 60s

and sold off as firewood for 2 Shillings a sack. It was very popular as the wood was coated

in creosote and tar and burned like a blowtorch..! No problem getting those old coal fires burning.


Swalwell Ladies, Trip to Blackpool

in the early Fifties.


Front Left is Doris Cook (mother of Tommy and Alan et al.. ) The lady directly behind her is Mrs Jean Gray. Front Right is Betty Todd and behind her is a Mrs Wright who lived on Hood Street. To her right is Mrs Jeanette Testo who lived at the bottom of Hood Street. The lady third from left at the front was known to me as 'Ena' - a relative of the Gillenders (I think.!)


If anyone can identify any of the other ladies in the pic, I would be grateful if you could let me know who they are.


(Photograph and information provided by Tommy Cook)










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