Old Images of Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne

old images of Gosforth

Glimpse history through old images of Gosforth, in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England.

Newcastle’s northern suburb of Gosforth covers what was once the settlement of Bulman Village.

This page includes videos of Gosforth High Street, South Gosforth, and Gosforth Park.

Old Pictures of Gosforth’s People & Places

Gosforth in the 1890s

Gosforth in the Early 1900s

Gosforth: 1917 Map

These are extracts from the 1917 Boundary Commission map. They are low resolution so don’t show much detail, but demonstrate how much building and development has occurred since the map was created during WW1.

And here is the modern Google map for comparison:

Gosforth In the 1920s & 30s

Gosforth Park 1924

In 1924, an official event opened the extension of the tramway system through Gosforth Park.

A brass band played as Councillor Anthony Oates drove the first tram along, watched by a small crowd of well dressed people.

At the end, we watch the guests dismount the vehicle, with the men posing for the camera.

Newcastle’s New Extension Of Tramways AKA Newcastle’s New Extension Of Trams (1924) – British Pathé (YouTube)

Gosforth Park 1931

In 1931, large crowds turned out to see men and women carrying Legion banners at a ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Newcastle.

Dedication Of Legion Standards (1931) – British Pathé (YouTube)

Gosforth in the 1940s

Gosforth Trams in the 1940s

Gosforth in the 1950s

Gosforth in the 1960s

Gosforth Grammar School in the 1960s

Garden Village in the 1960s

Gosforth Park Hotel in the 1960s

South Gosforth Railway Station in the 1960s

South Gosforth in the 1960s

Gosforth in the 1970s

Gosforth in the 1980s

One Sunday afternoon in the run up to Christmas 1980, Bandmaster Bill Webb and his band entertained local residents.


The next video takes us on a drive to Gosforth High Street in 1983.

Drive to Gosforth High Street – 1983 – Newcastle Upon Tyne & UK – Video from the past (YouTube)

Gosforth in the 1990s

This clip is just a few seconds long, but shows huge crowds across Gosforth High Street for the Newcastle United Promotion in 1993.

Newcastle United Promotion 1993 Gosforth High Street – cheesepasty100 (YouTube)

The Millstone pub, filmed in 1999, is located on Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth.

Millstone Pub 1999 – Ken Slater (YouTube)

Gosforth in the 21st Century

Gosforth West is the best, as they used to say. These days it’s Gosforth Junior High Academy. Here’s a collection of photos of the 2008 leavers, including a trip to Lightwater Valley and another to Paris.

Gosforth West Middle School 07/08 (Gosforth Junior) – abada567 (YouTube)

A sudden storm and overflowing drains on 6 September 2008 left a cul-de-sac in Brunton Park flooded, with fire fighters using hydrolic pumps to clear the water away.

Gosforth floods september 2008 – ChronicleLive (YouTube)

Downfall of Northern Rock

After the financial crash and the downfall of Northern Rock, an important part of the local economy, Newcastle City Council bought the recently constructed Northern Rock headquarters for about £22 million in early 2009.

See inside the Northern Rock Tower – ChronicleLive (YouTube)

Northern Rock’s crisis meant government intervention and a 2009 half year loss of £472.2 million.

Northern Rock reports heavy losses this year – ODN (YouTube)

The Sanderson Hospital

It is perhaps surprising how quickly the Sanderson Hospital fell into disrepair. And frustrating for local residents how long it is taking for the site to become more than the local eyesore.

Opened on 30 September 1897 as a home for destitute children, the Sanderson Home for Destitute and Crippled Children was solidly built and set in spacious grounds. By 1914 it was extended to accommodate more patients as a private hospital, renaming itself the WJ Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital and School for Children in 1935.

The NHS took over the site from July 1948, until its closure in 2005. They renamed it the Sanderson Orthopaedic Hospital in 1950, before the final change of Sanderson Hospital in 1964.

Between 1974 and 1996, the site was used for care of the elderly. The annex known as the Sanderson Centre was used for outpatients services until 2003.

By July 2009, the old site was in a terrible state, as shown in the following recording.

Exploring the old Sanderson Hospital in Newcastle – rasmusrahkamo (YouTube)

November 2010 saw the sudden appearance of heavy snow, worse than the UK had experienced for several years.

This mobile footage shows Gosforth High Street in the evening, with the occasional cars and pedestrians struggling through the difficult conditions.

Snow in Gosforth – colbear1979 (YouTube)

In 2012, as the UK struggled with the aftermath of the financial crash, High Streets also faced competition from emerging online retailers.

Business retailer and TV personality Mary Portas headed a national campaign and cometition to rejuvinate local high streets. The Gosforth Town Team made their case in the following video.

Gosforth High Street Portas Pilot Bid – trinitygosforth

Just 12 seconds long, this tilt shift video gives a glimpse of one corner of Gosforth High Street in the summer of 2012.

Gosforth – David Carr (YouTube)

On 28 June 2012, Gosforth wasn’t as badly hit by the floods as the Quayside or Scotswood Road, but some properties were damaged and the worst affected roads caused serious traffic problems.

Flooding in Gosforth, Newcastle, 28 June 2012 – littlerower1 (YouTube)
Flooding in Gosforth, Newcastle, 28 June 2012 – littlerower1 (YouTube)

The Post Office Directory of Durham and Northumberland

by Kelly and Company

Published in 1879

Old Photos of Gosforth


Old Photos of Gosforth Part 1 (1888-1939) – Local History Videos on YouTube


Old Photos of Gosforth Part 2 (1940-1969) – Local History Videos on YouTube


Old Photos of Gosforth Part 3 (1970-1998) – Local History Videos on YouTube

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