Changing Face of Elswick

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Accession No: TWCMS : 2009.503
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Billy's story is about changes in the west end of Newcastle.

By Billy Richardson

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My family has always lived in Elswick. My grandparents, my parents, my 4 sisters and me have always lived in this area.

It's got a good history...it was once part of Northumberland but in 1835 it became part of Newcastle.

When I was 5 years old in 1975, the family moved house from Sanderson Street to Northbourne Street. I don't really remember the move but the house became very important to me. It was built in the 1880's of red brick. It had 3 bedrooms and an inside toilet. It had 2 attics where you could look out and see the whole area around. It was a great family house and I was happy living there, playing football, and going to the shops for me mam.

In 1978 me mam was expecting my 3rd sister...so it was a bit of a tight squeeze. Round about 1982/83 my mam was expecting my 4th sister... and we definitely needed more space...so we moved to James Street. This house didn't have any attics and I was sad to have lost my view from the top window.  Then in 1984 we moved to Hampstead Road on the West Road. We were there between a year and a year and a half and I didn't like living there. Then in 1985 the family moved back to Northbourne Street where my mam and sisters and me have lived for 20 years.

In 2003 people were moving out of the houses because the estate was going to be demolished for regeneration. I felt a community was being disbanded. People had grown up together as kids, whole families went to school together and people remained friends for years. I felt sad that all this was going to be lost. I decided that I wanted to take photographs of the area. I still live in Elswick and I enjoy taking photos and recording the changes.

Please look at these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5MwtLIpmZI&feature=player_embedded#at=18 Chris MearnsPosted on 16/08/2011 at 18:34:58

i used to live in this street as a child at no9 and have some great memories we were told we had to move as they were knocking every thing down. we did move and they never got knocked down for some years, such a shame things are not the same now. xPosted on 13/01/2013 at 01:59:16

The houses and flats were demolished in 2005Posted on 06/02/2013 at 15:09:57

when Scotswood Rd was demolished it made money for the middle classes, the government could be seen to doing something, but the destruction of the community that took a hundred years to build was priceless and lost forever. I lived in Pine Street diagonally opposite the Gloucester Arms and in 1959 we moved to Westerhope. The ex mining village of westerhope had very little in the way of council houses. Their world was about to change as thousand of houses and flats were going to be built. The good folk of Westerhope resented all these rough lot from Scotswood road moving in, some how in my more mature time in life I have belated sympathy for them, after all no one likes change and disruption, and when it involves thousands of strangers moving into your neighbourhood liked even less. Posted on 17/12/2015 at 00:01:34

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