Canning Street School
Brian Alexander used photographs from Canning Street School’s past pupils and staff to make a video about the school’s past.
Part 1 starts with the 1930s, and takes us up to the 1960s.
Part 2 starts with 1970 and ends in 1990. That year, as Canning Street School reached it centenary, it was demolished.
Closure of Small Shops 1979
Hear what local people had to say about the closure of small shops back in 1979.
The development of large shopping centres was killing off independent shops across the country.
The terraced streets of Maughan Street, Clara Street, Rachel Street, Maria Street and the Pipetrack were all demolished in a clearance programme.
This amateur footage records what the local residents thought of these changes to their neighbourhood.
Farndale Road in 1983
Benwell Parish Church
Step back to 1986, when a stone engraver was interviewed at Benwell Parish Church.
Benwell Nature Park
In the 1980s, the site of demolished housing was made into a small urban nature reserve.
Stories from Caroline & Maria Street
This is an audio piece. Carol and Joanie recollect the 1990s, when Benwell was a byword for criminality and anti social behaviour.
Instead of moving away, they worked tirelessly to improve their neighbourhood. As community activists, they arranged street parties, residents groups and informal youth work.
The West End of Newcastle
Benwell’s Audrey Guthrie
Audrey Guthrie was born in Benwell and drives buses in Newcastle upon Tyne.
She became the first professional female boxer in the North East of England. Summerhill Books published her life story.