Old Images of Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne

old images of Kenton

Glimpse history through old images of Kenton, now a suburb in the northern part of Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England.

Old Photos of Kenton

Old photo of Kenton Post Office in April 1905, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of Kenton Post Office in April 1905, Newcastle upon Tyne
Boundary Commission Map of 1917, showing Kenton, Coxlodge, and Newbiggin
Boundary Commission Map of 1917, showing Kenton, Coxlodge, and Newbiggin
Old photo of the Duke of Wellington pub, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the Duke of Wellington pub, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenton Bank Foot circa 1930, Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenton Bank Foot circa 1930, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the junction of Kenton Lane and Kenton Road in 1933, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the junction of Kenton Lane and Kenton Road in 1933, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of a house scheduled for demolition in 1935, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of a house scheduled for demolition in 1935, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the Kenton Bar Post Office in 1935, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the Kenton Bar Post Office in 1935, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne
Two houses identified for demolition in Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1936
Two houses identified for demolition in Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1936
Old photo of five cottages identified for clearance at Kenton Bank Top, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of five cottages identified for clearance at Kenton Bank Top, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of homes at Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of homes at Kenton Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of a housing estate under construction at Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of a housing estate under construction at Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of North Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1950
Old photo of North Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1950
Old photo of the junction at Kenton Lane and Ponteland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the junction at Kenton Lane and Ponteland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of children at Mountfield Primary School in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1957-8
Old photo of children at Mountfield Primary School in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1957-8
Old photo of Kenton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1966
Old photo of Kenton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1966
An artist's impression of the Kenton Bar estate, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1966
An artist’s impression of the Kenton Bar estate, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1966
The Duke of Wellington, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1967
The Duke of Wellington, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1967
Kenton Bar Estate, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Kenton Bar Estate, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of a block of flats in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of a block of flats in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of flats and houses along Newbiggin Lane in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of flats and houses along Newbiggin Lane in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenton Comprehensive School, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Kenton Comprehensive School, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
St Thomas More Secondary School, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
St Thomas More Secondary School, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of Cragston House old people's home and hospital, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of Cragston House old people’s home and hospital, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1971
Old photo of the Salters Road roundabout near the Kenton Park shops in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1977
Old photo of the Salters Road roundabout near the Kenton Park shops in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1977
Kenton Lane 1977
Old photo from Newcastle Libraries’ Collection – Kenton Lane, Kenton – 1977
Kenton Lane 1977
Closeup of old photo from Newcastle Libraries’ Collection – Kenton Lane, Kenton – 1977
Kenton Lane 1977
Closeup of old photo from Newcastle Libraries’ Collection – Kenton Lane, Kenton – 1977
Grasswell Drive, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1978
Grasswell Drive, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1978
YTS painters at Kenton Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1984
YTS painters at Kenton Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1984
Kenton Library's 25th Anniversary in 1984, Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenton Library’s 25th Anniversary in 1984, Newcastle upon Tyne
Old photo of the North Kenton park and playground, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1985
Old photo of the North Kenton park and playground, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1985
Old photo of the flats at Hillsview Avenue, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly in 1989
Old photo of the flats at Hillsview Avenue, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly in 1989
Old photo of the Crfoter's Lodge in Kenton (where the petrol station is now), Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1995
Old photo of the Crfoter’s Lodge in Kenton (where the petrol station is now), Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1995

German WW2 Map

This image is an excerpt of a 1941 German map series of Britain, showing Kenton marked for nearby industry of note.

I’ve added the German key, so you can look up the translation for any symbol shown.

German World War II map of Tyneside 1941
Excerpt of the Militärgeographische Einzelangaben über England : militärgeographische Objektkarten mit Objektbildern, held by the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Excerpt of Militärgeographische Einzelangaben über England : militärgeographische Objektkarten mit Objektbildern – held by the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division


Kenton’s Secret Bunker

Somewhat suprisingly, there is a World War II bunker sitting under Kenton Bar. The HQ for No. 13 Group, which formed part of RAF Blakelaw, directed wortime fighters from the operations room, which still has working lights.

Unfortunately, the Grade II listed facility is not usually open to the public, but this video was made in January 2010.

world war 2 bunker kenton newcastle upon tyne – Mark Gibson

Tyne & Wear made a film about the bunker and one of its war time occupants, Kitty Brightwell, in 2014.

Kitty was a plotter in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War.

The Secret Bunker – TWMuseums (2014)

Kenton Park Sports Centre

Kenton Park Sports Centre is a Community hub, offering leisure, recreation, sporting activities, community events, trips, and room hire.

In 2009, this video was made to showcase some of the centre’s facilities and services.

Active Newcastle – Kenton Park Sports Centre – ActiveNewcastle (YouTube)

Kenton School

Kenton School’s Thriller Flash Mob took place in November 2012.

Thriller Flash Mob @ Kenton School – Kenton School

Sadly, food banks have become a necessary part of society in the twenty first century. But schools have embraced the chance for their youngsters to do good things for other people, and here Kenton School records what happened to their weekly donations for the West End Foodbank.


McDonald’s versus Kenton

McDonald’s wanted to build a fast food outlet on the site of the Crofter’s Lodge. It’s very close to Kenton School, so a determined group of local residents worked very hard over several months to stop this happening. In June 2016 McDonald’s withdrew their plans for the site, which was a decision welcomed by Newcastle City Council.

The site is now a Sainsbury’s garage and shop.

McDonald’s decision to withdraw Kenton plans – the right decision for a healthy future – NewcastleCCUK (YouTube)

The Post Office Directory of Durham and Northumberland

by Kelly and Company

Published in 1879


Kenton’s Old Photos

Old Photos of Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne – Local History Videos on YouTube

This fascinating collection of old photos displayed in a montage shows what Kenton used to look like in the past.

Old kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne. – Steve Preston (YouTube)

Old Photos of Kenton Bar

Designed by Ryder and Yates and constructed between 1966-68, Kenton Bar was a post-war modernist housing estate built to the north edge of Kenton. Much of the housing still exists today.


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