Old Images of Killingworth, North Tyneside

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Killingworth Village C 1905
Killingworth Village c.1905; photo from the Newcastle Libraries' Collection

Glimpse history through old images of Killingworth, in North Tyneside, North East England.

During the Victorian era, settlement in the immediate area centred around the West Moor Colliery, and the beautiful stone homes in Killingworth Village.

Coal Mining at Killingworth

Coal mining was one of the major industries of North East England for about 150 years, and the region powered much of the Industrial Revolution.

West Moor Pit Killingworth c1850
West Moor Pit Killingworth, c.1850; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Killingworth Colliery c1850
Killingworth Colliery c.1850; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection

George Stephenson’s Cottage

There is a National Trust property at Wylam called George Stephenson’s Cottage, but not many realise that not too far away is a home near Killingworth where the world famous inventor and engineer lived at a different stage in his life.

George Stephenson had designed the Locomotive Number 2 for the waggonway between Killingworth High Colliery and the Tyne, where the black coal would be loaded onto ships at the staithes, ready for export to other parts of the UK and beyond.

Killingworth Locomotive Number 2
Killingworth Locomotive Number 2; image from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
George Stephenson's Cottage, Killingworth, 1895
George Stephenson’s Cottage, Killingworth, 1895; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
George Stephenson's Cottage Killingworth c.1910
George Stephenson’s Cottage, Killingworth, c.1910; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection

Killingworth Village

Killingworth Railway Station Crossing c.1900
Killingworth Railway Station Crossing c.1900; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Killingworth Village C 1905
Killingworth Village c.1905; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905; original from Newcasle Libraries’ Collection
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905; original from Newcasle Libraries’ Collection
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905
Closeup of old photo of Killingworth Village c.1905; original from Newcasle Libraries’ Collection
St John's Church Killingworth c.1905
St John’s Church Killingworth, c.1905; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection

The 1960s New Town

When the site of Killingworth Village was greatly expanded as a Planned Town, or New Town, it was originally called Killingworth Township.

One mile south east of the Northumberland border, the town has easy access to the countryside, Newcastle City Centre, and the office and industrial estates of North Tyneside.

The town’s lake was created in 1964, during the reclamation of the derelict site of Killingworth Colliery. It’s a popular location for fishing, sailing, or just a pleasant walk.

Killingworth’s award winning brutal architecture was less well received, and later developments stuck to more traditional styles.

Killingworth towers and lake, Aug 1969
Killingworth towers and lake, August 1969; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Horns of Minos Norgas House Killingworth 1969
Horns of Minos, Norgas House, Killingworth, 1969; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Ryder and Yates Ltd Killingworth Trading Estate Killingworth North Tyneside 1969
Ryder and Yates Ltd, Killingworth Trading Estate, Killingworth, North Tyneside, 1969; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Williamson, Faulkner Brown and partners, Dobson House, Killingworth, Aug 1969
Williamson, Faulkner Brown and partners, Dobson House, Killingworth, August 1969; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Killingworth Lake
Killingworth Lake; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection
Lion Brush Works company 1969
Lion Brush Works company, 1969; photo from the Newcastle Libraries’ Collection

Goodby Killingworth Towers

Unfortunately we couldn’t find any vintage films about Killingworth. However, enjoy listening to the comedy song – ‘Goodbye Killingworth Towers’.

It’s written about the Towers, which you can see being built in the August 1969 photo further up this page.

Goodbye Killingworth Towers – The Mitford Family – Topic (YouTube)

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