Railings in High West Jesmond

Have you ever thought about the railings around the sreeets of High West Jesmond?

A heritage post by Chris Morgan

Recently the subject of the original iron railings came up.

A few samples have survived, almost all on corners, which leaves one to suspect this was policy.

I’d previously spotted sections that could have been deep in a privet hedge, but most of these samples pictured here couldn’t have been hidden in a hedge.

Several houses have added their own replacements and one near the bottom of Treherne Road gets very close to the original.

How many more sections have survived?

Walk the bounds – a tour of High West Jesmond

Find out more about the fascinating history of High West Jesmond and join us for a guided walk with Chris Morgan on Sunday 3 June 2018.

Find out more on our Walk the Bounds page.

Front garden in Kingswood Avenue

A heritage post by Chris Morgan

Not too many years ago my wife’s parents received a spontaneous award for their garden in Albemarle – don’t know who used to judge it.

This is an old fading picture of the front garden in Kingswood Avenue with my father proudly standing beside his modest effort.

He was a national Britain in Bloom judge getting as far as Plymouth one year.

Walk the bounds – a tour of High West Jesmond

Find out more about the fascinating history of High West Jesmond and join us for a guided walk with Chris Morgan on Sunday 3 June 2018.

Find out more on our Walk the Bounds page.

Walk the bounds – a tour of High West Jesmond

Join us for a fascinating tour of High West Jesmond and learn more about the history of our community

We are delighted to invite you to a walking tour of ‘the bounds’ of High West Jesmond led by Chris Morgan who has already kindly shared some of his photographs of High West Jesmond’s past that we have featured on this webesite.

Date: Sunday 3 June 2018

Time: 10.30am

Meeting place: outside Delicious Decadence, Newlands Road, NE2 3NT

The tour will take approximately 2 hours and will explain the last 200 years of this special area on the border of Jesmond and Gosforth.

It will be illustrated with many old photographs and tales from Chris Morgan’s personal memory and those of his mother who played here before many of the houses were built.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 3 June.

Download a copy of the Walking the Bounds of High West Jesmond event poster here

1967 – A back lane in High West Jesmond

Work in progress, a back lane in High West Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1967

A heritage posting from Chris Morgan

Cones had still to be discovered. Red oil lamps were almost as common.

At this time many houses still had coal fires and most had two trap doors penetrating the brickwork into the lane. One was a small wooden door, higher than those shown here.

The coal men would unload hundredweight (about 50 kilos) bags of coal through the doors into the coal shed behind. The coal men carried the bags on their backs with ease.

By the time of this picture most of the trap doors had been bricked up and the coalmen would walk into the yard before tipping the sacks into the shed.

Nothing would be delivered on a Monday as that was washing day with all the family washing hung on lines criss-crossing the lanes.

The two openings showing here were large metal bins that tilted outwards. They were an innovation from the time the houses were built in the 1905-10 period and were designed to empty into a refuse cart in the lane. I never saw them used like that in my time, from 40 years later.

Originally the waste was mostly ash from the coal fires. Shopping came wrapped in paper bags or cardboard that went on the fire. There’d be a few tins, but most bottles had a returnable deposit paid at the shop that sold them.

Then we had dustbins that made good big wickets when we played back lane cricket – over the wall is 6 and out!

Last time I looked down the lanes I noted there were still a very few of these little doors that hadn’t been bricked up.

1964 – Paviers at work, Kingswood Avenue, Newcastle


It’s the little details you forget!

Workmen with cloth caps, no high visibility jackets and no machinery to help lift heavy paving slabs. Compo style turned down wellies.

A heritage posting from Chris Morgan

Those wires leading up the walls – radio aerials. Telephone wires were at the back of these properties. Many had overhead wires for Redifusion, a forerunner of today’s cable services.

The polished brass door bell on the house to the right. And all those milk bottles. In those days there were 3 separate milk delivery companies vying for business in this street – Co-op Creameries, Jesmond Farm Dairies and Peter Knox.

Early mornings were quite noisy with all those deliveries of clinking bottles. (Newspapers were delivered from 2 different newsagents and virtually every house had a paper each morning, and most an evening paper as well.)

The leaded windows – and that yellow front door that was quite prominent amongst the mostly green doors of the time.

Not only were the doors usually green but so were the window frames and the door surrounds, as was the house on the left.

The heavy front doors usually left open all day, with an inner porch door that probably wasn’t locked either!

Although all the terraces in Newcastle looked much the same, in truth they weren’t.

Built to a basic standard laid down by the original landowners, these properties in High West Jesmond were built in twos, effectively as a line of linked semis.

The house to the left has a pitched red tiled roof over the bay window, the next has a flat, leaded, roof. The deeds stipulated the type of bricks, stone, and slate to be used on the roof. They even said the mortar had to be black.

The repointing round the yellow door way shows that by the 1960’s such conditions were being overlooked.

1964 – Manure delivery, Moorfield allotments, Newcastle

Dad had a contact at Newcastle Breweries stables where the dray horses were kept, but this small load of manure probably came from somewhere else.

A heritage posting from Chris Morgan

Excellent stuff for improving the allotment!

Taken at top of Newlands Road on Moorfield just as the rain stopped and we prepared to unload into wheel barrows.

In the 1950 and 1960s there were still horse drawn carts around High West Jesmond.

There was a fruit and vegetable man who went up and down the back lanes.

There were rag and bone men who’d do the same crying out “Any old rags or bones or lumber” – although you’d be hard pressed to make out what exactly they were saying!

There was even a coal cart in the 1950s loading coal from the yard at West Jesmond station.

And there were dray horses who brought manure from Scottish & Newcastle’s stables. They were usually larger carts than this one, with two horses.

The house on the corner was occupied by the Brocker family. Mrs Brocker was the first head teacher at Kenton Comprehensive’s girls section.