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Old Photos of Byker

An ex-Byker lad called Brian Clark sent in these old photos of Kendal Street and Raby Street in Byker.

Brian says "My Parents ( Clark ) moved into No. 228 Shipley Street, Byker in 1944 when I was 4 years old. Later on in 1947 we moved a couple of streets away into 178 Kendal Street because this flat had two bedrooms instead of one like the first one.

I started school at the Byker Church of England then moved into Bolam Street Juniors school 1951 & stayed until leaving school at the age of 15. I then enrolled into the Newcastle College of Art & Industrial Design. After five years in College & marrying into the Melville family.

I found a job working for Design Group in Gosforth. During this period 1964 we moved to Walkergate … then Heaton 1977 … then Forest hall late 1988.

In 2006 our family, including 3 sons plus their families, all moved out of England to start living in Phuket, Thailand.

My third son Philip has a company based in Phuket, Thailand called Helicam, taking photographs from the air & ground with remote controlled equipment, you can see the website here... Helicam
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This photo, from about 1960, is taken from the back of 178 Kendal Street, looking down towards Raby Street. It shows a view looking over all the back yards and you may just make out Nan’s General dealer shop in the centre.

© Brian Clark





A view from the top of Carville Road. Taken around 1965.

© Brian Clark





My wife’s family also ran Melville’s Bakery at No. 88 Raby Street. Dating from the early twenty’s until about 1957. The only photo of the shop front ever taken dates about 1933.
The people in the photo are left to right Cissy Anderson, Thomas Melville 7 years old and Mary Melville about 19 year old.

© Brian Clark





Brian used the photo to make a 3D scale model of the interior of the shop including the fully dressed window.

© Brian Clark





The lady sitting with the model is Mary Mellville aged around 90 years old at the time this photo was taken.

© Brian Clark

If anyone out there wants to get in touch with Brian or his family send me an email and I will pass it on.

23 comments:

Alan Spearman said...

Fantastic Photo's Brian, I remeber you as I was growing up.
My Gran Mrs Buglass lived at the top of Kendal on Jane terrace and My Uncle Eddy Buglass and Aunt Ella lived beside you.
My Mother was Grace Spearman, and My Dad was George, although I think you went to school with Mt Elder Brother at Byker Church school. George.
We live in Norfolk rd, I worked beside your Ray I think it was fro a while ?
Glad your happy haappy in Thialand, leaving us to The Byker weather.
Thanks for the photo memories.

Alan Spearman

Anonymous said...

Hi I was living in I think byker terrace there was a car repair place and I remember we lived near the shepards scrap yard. We could not get a place nicer as we had at that time no money nor help from our family.
What I do remember is the person who did cars up opposite us was so kind and we adopted his or some ones dog, someone else sticks in our thoughts , a person who at this time had a little cafe who looked after mr universe and others in the same line.
His first name was Al had a daughter called Paula, they fed me and my husband and let me work while pregnant with my first child. He saved us from being homeless . I remember he use to give an old tramp food and some cigarettes . God was good in letting this family looking after all who came to him.
We had his daughter be godmother to our first child named after her too.
Would love to hear anything of the family.

Anonymous said...

We lived in Conyers road beside the Jews bar we remember maxwells shop well our name was Ramsay

michael swiftt said...

Hi lived at 223 Kendal street. From 55 to 61ish. Went to a catholic infant school. Knew a lad called Jackson. Went to a catholic infant school. Mum had a book at the corner shop. She used to work in the pub as well. Bonnie nights were good. Remember finding some bamboo and using them as rocket launchers. My role in life was the collection of sea coal. Doing the laundry getting faggots from a butchers. Taking my mums wedding ring. To the pawn shop. There was a shop just around the corner that sold pork and stuffing rolls. Money was tight and our treat was a roll dipped in onion gravy winter was savage cannot ever remember being warm. Frost inside the windows. Gas mantles candles. Wood from the date factory to burn no dad around 2brothers. I have very little memory of my life there. Just recently my elder brother died he never said anything about our life in byker. On his death bed he said we lived in abject poverty and that's why I could never remember bad times. Passed my 11plus. Went to st Mary's in the city. Trolley buses were a treat Walked miles over byker bridge. Remember a knackers yard under the arches. We used to climb up attach a rope and swing on it. Romberg a lad screwing up and getting killed.

michael swiftt said...

Hi lived at 223 Kendal street. From 55 to 61ish. Went to a catholic infant school. Knew a lad called Jackson. Went to a catholic infant school. Mum had a book at the corner shop. She used to work in the pub as well. Bonnie nights were good. Remember finding some bamboo and using them as rocket launchers. My role in life was the collection of sea coal. Doing the laundry getting faggots from a butchers. Taking my mums wedding ring. To the pawn shop. There was a shop just around the corner that sold pork and stuffing rolls. Money was tight and our treat was a roll dipped in onion gravy winter was savage cannot ever remember being warm. Frost inside the windows. Gas mantles candles. Wood from the date factory to burn no dad around 2brothers. I have very little memory of my life there. Just recently my elder brother died he never said anything about our life in byker. On his death bed he said we lived in abject poverty and that's why I could never remember bad times. Passed my 11plus. Went to st Mary's in the city. Trolley buses were a treat Walked miles over byker bridge. Remember a knackers yard under the arches. We used to climb up attach a rope and swing on it. Romberg a lad screwing up and getting killed.

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks. We also used to swing on the rope under Byker Bridge although that was the 1970's.

Exiled in Yorkshire said...

My Mam's & Dad's families were both from Byker. Mam's name was Millane and they lived in Grace Street (as did I for a couple of yrs as a baby). Dad's family were Thomson and lived in Kendall Street. Both have died now and I wish I'd asked about their past more. Dad worked on the docks, like his Dad before him.

Elsie Knighting said...

Hi my name was Elsie Knighting in those days We lived in Carville Road, My family all lived there, The Fosketts Orricks and Stoddarts, Aunty Elsie Foskett made wedding dresses for the whole of Byker, and my dad was Head Forman at Swan Hunters, The family all moved away when Byker was demolished and live all over the country now, I married a Manchester lad and now live here with my husband two sons married and grandchildre. Still Byker pulls at the heart, even though we didnt have much in those days, a community never to bee seen the likes of again.

Anonymous said...

My Aunt, Uncle & cousins (David, John,Alan & Tracy) lived in Kendal St..They were called Robson.. I also new a lad called Brian Davies from there. I used to hang out with Brian in Town before he joined the Police force. I came from Oban Rd, beside the Raby Bingo/cinema.

Anonymous said...

anyone remember harvey street in byker ??

Russ Martin said...

I lived In Harvey St from 1960 to 1966 number 126 near Union Rd end. I remember Plats shop corner of Harvey St and Headlam St. The penny tray lol.

alan bell said...

I was born 117 Harvey st in 1957 we moved to Longbenton early 60`s

David Kidd said...

Could anonymous who posted the Ramsay connection leave any more information, as my wife was a Ramsay from Conyers Road as well.

Anonymous said...

Anyone live in parker st.

Christine said...

My Dad was the Chemist on Raby Street - Baryy Hopper- does anyone have a picture of his shop ? He is 90 on 27th Janaury 2014 and I want to give him a special present!

stephen robertson said...

My gran used to live on parker street. Georgina gray i think it was. I lived in 88 conyers rd where i was born

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember cheviot view we lived there

hazel once brown said...

Hi I am hazel then brown and my family lived in 78 carville road Alf and Lizzie were my parents have really fond memories of playing at the top of carville road at the 'jungle'and my dad used to drink in the hare and hounds and my mam used to go to the byker bingo x

hazel once brown said...

Hi I am hazel then brown and my family lived in 78 carville road Alf and Lizzie were my parents have really fond memories of playing at the top of carville road at the 'jungle'and my dad used to drink in the hare and hounds and my mam used to go to the byker bingo x

Eric Grahame Leach said...

I worked for Rington's on their famous Horse and Cart in about 1963. Mr Norman Smith, of the family that owned Rington's,was a neighbour of ours and he gave me a summer holiday job. The drivers of the vans were great and looked after me and I also worked on those during a 6 week period. Sadly the driver of the Horse and Cart died during my time and that was why I went on to the vans. Byker was an amazing place and I remember the amazing community feel of the place.I remember what looked like va bombsite in Byker that sold cars and I recently saw pictures of it on the Internet. My family once owned James Leach, a sweet company in Bath Lane and another branch of our family were College sweets which were sold in the general Newcastle area.I have lived in the south for nearly fifty years but I still love coming back to the Newcastle area.Grahame Leach

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm researching the SCOTT family originally from North Northumberland (Thomas SCOTT a Police Officer killed in 1880).
Thomas's widow, Margaret SCOTT (nee FORRESTER) moved to Norfolk Street, Byker in the early 1900's. She had two of her unmarried children, Joseph (35) and Hannah (32) living with her in 1911 - their other two children, Thomas and John had also moved to Byker but married and lived nearby.
I would really like any news on their descendants to help with my research.
Interesting site and photo's with great memories for those from Byker!
Andy Clark, Wooler

Sid said...

I lived in Bolam Street and Barry Hopper was my optician. I can still see his face.....a real nice chap.

David Bell said...

Hello everyone; I'm David Bell and as a lad I lived at 65 Bolam Street throughout the 50's and 60's.
I am so proud of my upbringing ...and of Byker, and although I now live in the breathtaking beauty of the Peak District I regularly hanker after good old Newcastle.
My mum was Eva; dad was called George, and my granny (who lived next door) was Susie Atkinson.
Fondest of times. I am typing this with a tear in my eyes.
I too can recall Barry Hopper well ...his jet black hair and caring manner.