Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

Enjoy a glimpse of history about Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, North East England, UK.


Scary Santa in 1937

I jest about it being a scary Santa, of course, because the mask this special visitor wore on his visit to deliver ‘presents’ (i.e. fruit) to some Northumbrian children looks a bit creepy to modern eyes.

But from the large crowd of children who rushed to greet the tiny plane, there is nothing but curiosity and good cheer, even though the gifts they’ll receive are apples and oranges.

As a handful of men do a sterling job keeping the children back until it’s safe to run forwards, you can see a few of the terraces of houses in the background. Then the action moves to one of the streets.

Seaton Delaval Santa In Northumberland (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube


Misogynist Parrot in 1939

Mr Bateman was a local publican with four daughters, and a parrot.

The parrot liked interacting with men, but flapped his wings and threatened to peck any approaching woman.

Woman-Hating Parrot Issue Title Is Peace And War (1939)- British Pathé on YouTube


The Post Office Directory of Durham and Northumberland

by Kelly and Company

Published in 1879


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