Old Gateshead Pictures

iSee Gateshead is cool, or rather will be cool once they’ve fixed a wee problem. It’s a huge collection of old pictures of Gateshead running from some time in the 19th century up to the 1990s. You can search by various categories, and where it’s known, there are details of when each picture was taken.

The site is run by Gateshead Libraries with National Lottery funding. Nice to see my money going into something that’s useful to me. :grin:

However, there’s a bit of a problem with the site. Some of the pages I looked at were fine, but clicking through to the “Structures” category proved to be a bad move. Neither Firefox nor Internet Explorer wanted to know, really. Now my PC isn’t all that powerful by current standards, but it’s never had trouble with a page of thumbnail images before. And it’s certainly never had to use 2 gigabytes of virtual memory to render a page before. From the part of the page I managed to look at, I could see two problems:

  1. There were well over 200 pictures on the page. I’ve no idea how many, as I couldn’t get to the bottom of the page. Oddly, some other categories were nicely paged, with only about 20 pictures
  2. The “thumbnail” images weren’t. They were the originals, resized by the browser. So instead of being around 10k or so each, a typical thumbnail was over 300k. Some might have been bigger.

The site has been generated by a specialist application called TriO. I can only assume that someone at Gateshead didn’t tell it what to do correctly. I’m going to contact the relevant department and ask them to fix it.

In the meantime, it’s worth a look. But if you’re looking under S, don’t click on “Structures”….

14 thoughts on “Old Gateshead Pictures

  1. ronald dixon

    I HAD AN EXTREMELY HAPPY CHILDHOOD IN GATESHEAD,FIRSTLY IN NEW GATESHEAD AND LATER IN THE CRESCENT,SADLY BOTH ADDRESSES NO LONGER STAND THE LATTER BEING REPLACED BY THE ROUNDABOUT NEAR THE BRIDGES HOTEL.THE RITZ CINEMA STOOD AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CRESCENT AND WE SPENT MANY HAPPY HOURS IN THERE AS WELL AS ALL THE CINEMAS IN THE REGION[ OH HAPPY DAYS ].

    1. Theresa Robson

      Hi, I too lived in that area, Berwick St as a small child, sadly I have never been able to find any pictures of this area, happy memories though.

      1. Henry Turner

        I don’t know when you lived in Berwick Street (it ran between the Royal Mail and Matalan, which stand there today), but my Great Grandfather’s brother Richard Gee lived at number 13 in the 1901 census. He died in 1948 aged 84, but I don’t know if he still lived there when he died.

    1. Henry Turner

      I rememner the Chinese laundry on Coatsworth Road, a few hundred yards away from Bensham Road. They had quite a rew kids. Two of them was called Michael and Martin Lee. One of them was only a year below me at school in the 60s at the old Alexandra Road school.
      I think they moved onto Bensham Road after their block was demolished on Coatsworth Road. It was the same side as the Picture House, a bit further down.
      It always had that clean laundry smell (obviously).

      1. cyndy knight

        Thank you i was starting to think i had imagined it. I used to go with my aunt in the very early fifties i loved the washing smell, all gone in the name of progress.

    2. jen Noble

      Yes i remember the chinese laundry, my dad insisted his shirts went there and they. came back looking whiter than white.
      I lived down the Bensham road, in Fourth street and went to Kelvin Grove school.

  2. ron dixon

    FUNG YOT HAD A LAUNDRY ON OLD DURHAM ROAD OPPOSITE THE RED STAMP STORES. IT WAS A FEW YARDS DOWN FROM THE JUNCTION WITH WHITEHALL ROAD. THERESA WHAT PERIOD OF TIME DID YOU LIVE IN BERWICK STREET, IT WAS BETWEEN 1945-1952 WHEN I LIVED IN THE CRESCENT.

    1. Theresa

      Hi, I lived in Berwick st, number 46 until I was about 7 that was in 1955. My grandmother lived in number 30 Berwick st for as long as I could remember, until her death in 1965. Looking back now I guess it was pretty grim, but I remember our house being very clean, the floors scrubbed everyday, the step was donkey stoned and woe be tide anyone who stood on the semi circle of yellow, to be honest I don’t know what it actually was, it looked like chalk, or maybe sandstone.
      We moved to Leam Lane in 1955, a brand new bungalow, my mother was ecstatic, I had my own bedroom, that was indeed a novelty back then. But I have many memories of Gateshead, especially the cinemas, the Ritz was very plush with red seats, the Odeon was more art deco style, but I loved going there on a Saturday morning for the kids mattinee, then there was the Coatsworth and the Shipcote. Happy Memories…………………

  3. derek bell

    lived at 61 southey street of sunderland road 65 years ago looking desperately for any photos of the area
    if only i could go back talk to people and get some information cheers derek

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