people meeting for a local history talk at gateshead east cemetery


Wednesday 8 February 2.00pm ‘The History of Pedestrianism’

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, pedestrian was a general term for any athlete, runner or race walker, funded by wagering. The north east more than paved the way for the evolution of `athletics` as we know it today with many leading personalities. Archie Jenkins tells more about…

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Wednesday 8 March 2023 2.00pm ‘The Kings Shilling’

A talk illustrated with songs about the history of recruitment into the ‘Red Coat’ army which mainly focusses on the 18th and 19th Centuries and highlights the role of the Recruiting Sergeant. The talk is illustrated with performances of and reference to songs which give an insight into a bygone…

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Wednesday 12 April 2023 2.00pm “The Tudor Terror and State Murder on Gateshead High Street.”

In 2019 Father Paul Zelinski published his new book ‘John Ingram; Priest and Martyr’. John Ingram was martyred in Gateshead in the 16th century and in this talk he will provide information about Ingram’s background and the times in which he lived.He also discusses the difficulties of being a Roman…

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Wednesday 14 December 2022 2.00pm ‘A Victorian Christmas’ by Malcolm Grady

Join Dr Malcolm Grady as he explores what a Victorian Christmas really involved and how it evolved as the Christmas celebrations we know today. Expect  some Victorian party games!

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Wednesday 9 November 2022 2.00pm ‘Holy Jesus Hospital; the back (yard) story’ by Lawrence Bryson

Hear all about religious institutions which were established in the C13th and disappeared from England in the C16th Dissolution, in particular the Friary on part of whose site the later almshouse was built.

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Wednesday 12 October 2022 2.00pm ‘The Curious case of the Countess of Derwentwater’’ by Susan Lynn

Just who was the mysterious lady who arrived at Blaydon station in 1868 laying claim to the ancient Derwentwater estates? We follow her progress and adventures in this fascinating tale.

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