Northumberland, NE46 3NP
Contact: SUSANNE ELLINGHAM
Meetings on 2nd Thursday in the month at 7.00 pm
(No meeting in August)
8 March, AGM, Gravestones for Family Historians, Speaker: John Ward.
Tynedale Branch 2018
Reports of meetings
Thursday 9th March 2017 – AGM & Mike Gibson – Along the Tyne from sources to sea in postcards
A selection of Mike Gibson’s large collection of postcards was the focus of a very interesting meeting. There was a break halfway to examine them more closely while having tea or coffee. (The postcards were protected with plastic covers.). In hindsight we could easily have had two meetings: one for the North and South Tyne sections down to Hexham and another covering the Tyne from Hexham to the sea. This was partly because the postcards and their background information were fascinating but also because of audience participation. The majority of the cards dated from well before World War 2 and it was interesting to see many of the changes. Some changes were slight, others, for example a view of Plashetts, now submerged, contrasted hugely with the present view, in this case of Kielder Water. Mike accompanied several pictures with mini histories of the name origins and features eg of the churches, mills, or big houses shown. Bridges figured largely in postcards. In Newcastle alone there were enough to make up a talk. Not all the postcards were photographs. Some cards were copies of engravings or paintings eg Hexham Market Place two centuries ago or Tynemouth Priory. Nor were they all scenic, though still of great interest such as the pedestrian & cyclist Tyne Tunnel.
Cope Moorsholm, 13th March 2017
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