Old Images of Birtley, Tyne & Wear

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Old postcard of Harrass Bank, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, England
Old postcard of Harrass Bank, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, thanks to Mark Crombie's extensive collection of vintage postcards on Flikr.

Glimpse history through old images of Birtley, in Tyne and Wear, North East England.

The Hall Family

William de Birtley, lord of the manor, had a daughter Isabell. She married Robert Hall. Several generations later, in 1575, John Hall of Byrtley married Isabel, heiress of the William Warde of Conside.

And so the family became the Hall family of Consett and Birtley.

Hall of Consett and Birtley family crest and historic family tree
Hall of Consett and Birtley – family crest and historic family tree, from page 159 of “Pedigrees recorded at the visitations of the county palatine of Durham made by William Flower, Norroy king-of-arms, in 1575, by Richard St. George, Norroy king-of-arms, in 1615, and by William Dugdale, Norroy king-of-arms, in 1666”

Old Postcard of Harrass Bank

Old postcard of Harrass Bank, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, England
Old postcard of Harrass Bank, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, thanks to Mark Crombie’s extensive collection of vintage postcards on Flikr.
Closeup of old postcard of Birtley, Tyne & Wear, England
Old postcard of Harrass Bank, Birtley, Tyne & Wear, thanks to Mark Crombie’s extensive collection of vintage postcards on Flikr.

Walter H Armstrong 1915

In 1915, William P Armstrong from Bewicke Main Colliery near Birtley wrote to the Illustrated Chronicle.

William had read an article in the Illustrated Chronicle about a 23 year old man who was the youngest Quartermaster Sergeant in the British Army. So he sent in a photograph of his 22 year old son, who held the same rank at a younger age.

His son, Company Quartermaster Sergeant Walter H Armstrong, “D” Co of the 11th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, had been granted his rank well before his 22nd birthday.

Before the war, Walter had been a mining student under Philip Kirkup, agent to the Birtley Iron Company.

Old newspaper clipping about Walter H Armstrong
Old newspaper clipping about William P Armstrong, from the Illustrated Chronicle, 9th August 1915.

Old Photos of Birtley

Enjoy a great video showcasing different locations in and around Birtley through the ages, with clearly titled old photos.

Old Photos of Birtley by Colin Carr – on YouTube

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