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Hidden Gems of Tyneside

ISBN: 9781857943863
Published: 24-10-2012
Format: Paperback
Availability: Yes
Author: Derek Dodds
Number of pages: 0

Price: £20.00

Miners' cottages and stately homes, bridges and statues, town halls and windmills are amongst the 'Hidden Gems' of Tyneside described and illustrated in this new book. Comparing over 150 black and white archive with present day colour photographs, the book explores the remarkable history of the Tyneside area. History was made here as the medieval age gave way to an industrial revolution which transformed Tyneside into a famed industrial giant. Coal mines, shipyards and factories began to crowd around the river Tyne, producing a rapidly expanding economy, but leaving a legacy of pollution and poor housing. Now the slums have been cleared, the 'coaly' Tyne runs clean and traditional old industries have gone, but Tyneside's gems - from medieval buildings to industrial relics - shine on in the pages of the book. They mark the passage of time and point the way to future progress. Author Derek Dodds believes that Tyneside's industrial decline was certainly the passing of a great industrial age, but it was also a period that shaped the Tyneside of today. His photographs display a post ? industrial landscape of profound change, once inhabited by our Tyneside ancestors he says, "who probably could not imagine it would ever change and now a modern generation who might not imagine it ever existed at all." His book graphically demonstrates these changes. He is drawn to former industrial districts near his Tyneside home such as Blaydon Burn and Newburn for example. "Places such as these are particularly fascinating to me. Walking there is a walk through the story of Tyneside", he says. "They were once hives of industry but, like so much of the new Tyneside, are now transformed." Yet history has left its mark on them and hidden away amongst the modern industrial estates or landscaped parks are fragments of a sometimes forgotten but eventful past. These are just a selection from the variety of Tyneside's architectural gems which are included in this richly illustrated volume. Some of them are well known, even iconic perhaps, others much less so. Some are industrial marvels or celebrations of civic pride, retaining their place in Tyneside's modern town and cityscape. Many more are harder to find, tucked away down side streets, obscure and unrecognised. These are true 'Hidden Gems', often chance survivals, their historical significance underestimated or dismissed. Yet the photographer and writer of this book hopes that all of the gems, whether they are judged to be eyecatchers or eyesores, will be explored by the reader and will distinguish Tyneside's landscape for generations to come.


Tyneside means much more than a riverside conurbation to the almost one million people who live and work there, tied in affection to their collective 'Geordie' home. The area's streets and towns with their fascinating and historic architectural 'gems' - buildings, bridges, stately homes, statues and pubs - have helped to establish this strong sense of place, and some of them are the subject of this book, which, using archive and contemporary photographs as its subject, embarks on an impressionistic journey around Tyneside and across this Geordie homeland. Moving upriver from the Tyne estuary, and for the most part staying close to the river shore - the region's essence - it illustrates a post-industrial landscape of profound change.
Now the 'coaly Tyne' runs clean and heavy industry is all but gone, yet Tyneside's gems gleam on, marking the passage of a disappearing age as well as progress into a future one. It may certainly have lost an age of great industry and invention, which caused upheaval and hardship, but it was also an age that shaped the Tyneside of today.
Of the more than 40 'gems' included and described, some are well known, even iconic perhaps, others much less so. They include uncompromising industrial marvels and celebrations of civic prosperity, scrubbed of their soot to face the modern age but still prominent landmarks in town and cityscape. Many more are harder to find, tucked shyly away down side streets or obscure and unrecognised in semi-rural backwaters. These are the true 'hidden gems', often chance survivals. Yet it is to be hoped that every one, be it pretentious or humble, eye-catcher or eyesore, will be sought out and enjoyed, and will grace the landscape of Tyneside for many generations to come.


South Shields: a quartet of gems
South Shields: two Town Halls
Westoe village
Cleadon water tower
Marsden: lime kilns and Souter Point
Hebburn Hall
Springwell village: Bowes Railway
Felling: Brandling Junction station
Friars Goose engine house
Central Hotel and Greenesfield Works, Gateshead
Gateshead: George Hawks statue
St Cuthbert's church, Bensham
'Underhill', Kells Lane, Low Fell
Ravensworth Castle
Dunston Staiths
Swalwell ironworks
Axwell Park and Hall
Whinfield coke works, Rowlands Gill
Statue of Thomas Ramsey, Blaydon
Path Head water mill, Blaydon
Clara Vale
Wylam Waggonway
Newburn Almshouses
Lemington Glass Cone
Elswick lead works
Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
Windmill at Chimney Mills
South Street Locomotive Works, Newcastle
Hanover Street, Newcastle
Newcastle Swing Bridge
Newcastle Brewery
New Bridge Street, Newcastle: Dobson's House and the Lying-in Hospital
Carliol House, Newcastle
Keelman's Hospital
Ouseburn: the Maling Pottery
Wills Cigarette Factory
Wallsend Colliery
Willington Ropery
Howdon Pedestrian Tunnel
Albert Edward Dock
Maritime Chambers, North Shields

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