Walker is a residential suburb to the east of Newcastle Upon Tyne’s city centre. Once a busy hub of industry, the loss of the ship-building industry has had a dramatic impact on the everyday lives of local residents.
Photo above by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay
Walker Through The Ages
Old Newcastle East End Pubs
Uploaded to YouTube on 23 Jun 2011 by Byker Scotty
“Just some of the many old pubs of Byker and Walker.”
‘Walker’ by James De Le North
Uploaded to YouTube on 7 Sep 2014 James De Le North.
“A folky song by James De Le North. James was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and grew up in the district of Walker. This song reflects James’ experiences and memories of Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne as a child in the 1970s. You might notice in the video the Railway pub, located strictly speaking in Walkerville. Walkerville bordered Walker, James’s grandad was the manager of that pub, so we featured a shot of it in the video. Dedicated to the memory of Neil Laidler.”
Walker-On-Tyne In The 1930s
Work For 2,000 (1934)
British Pathé: “WORK FOR 2,000 – Cruiser’s keel laid at Walker Naval Yard, Newcastle.”
“Various shots of the people working at the shipyard. Several dignitaries inspecting the work sight. A man delivering a speech – men around cheer. He twists something – lays a keel – and the work on the new cruiser can start.”
HMS Newcastle Launched (1936)
British Pathé: “HMS Newcastle Launched. Duchess of Newcastle names new Cruiser at Walker-on-Tyne”.
“MS Pan from choir singing to various VIPs before the launching of the warship. It looks windy, everyone is holding onto their hats. MS the Duchess of Newcastle steps forward to press the button launching the ship. VS the Royal Navy cruiser slides down from the stocks into the water near the shipyard. MS of the VIPs and dignitaries as they watch the launch. The Duchess is given a small gift of thanks. N.B. Item found in Unidentified Gazettes reel. May be missing item from 36/10.”
Twin Destroyers Launched At Walker-On-Tyne (1937)
British Pathé: NEWCASTLE, Walker-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear.
“Two destroyers one next to another ready for launched at Walker Yards. Lady Best names the first one ‘Eskimo’ and the ship slides into water. Crowds cheering. Lady Meade-Featherstonehaugh standing in the launching box surrounded by several people. She launches another destroyer naming her ‘Mashona’. Second destroyer slides backwards into the water.”
Walker In the 21st Century
▶ Kids Kabin (2008)
Uploaded to YouTube on 2 Mar 2008 GarryNE4
“Kids Kabin is a highly creative young people’s centre in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. This film was made by the kids from the After School sessions to show what they get up to.”
Adelphi Place, Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2010)
Uploaded to YouTube by Propertyfindersne.
“Recorded on February 20, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.”
Winter Outside Walkergate School (2011)
Uploaded to YouTube on 16 Jan 2011 by MrPandadick.
“Winter outside walkergate school.”
Walker Riverside Industrial Estate (2011)
Uploaded to YouTube on 16 Jun 2011 by Tim Catterall.
Tom Kelly’s Poem GEORDIE (2012)
Uploaded to YouTube on 6 Mar 2012 by CharlesHedley.
“Tyneside poet Tom Kelly reads extracts from his poem ‘Geordie’ set to images shot in and around Walker, Tyne and Wear.”
Abandoned Walkergate Hospital (20130
Uploaded to YouTube on 4 Jan 2013 by Sarah Jane Owen.
“Walking through the derelict Walkergate Hospital site. It closed in 2011 after 130 years of service. New premises were built nearby for the Walkergate Park Centre for Neurorehabilitation and Neuropsychiatry and the Benfield Park Healthcare and Diagnostic Centre. In 2019, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust submitted a planning application to build 72 homes on the Walkergate Hospital site.”
Breaking the Heart of Walker
Uploaded to YouTube on 10 Apr 2013 by Rhonda Quigley.
“This is a documentary about the demolition of homes in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne and the abrupt and cruel rehousing of the Pottery bank residents. Archibold Bell Carr, a navy veteran and a solid working class man of the community who brought his whole family up in his home is the character in this film. He sadly passed away on the 7th of April 2013. Five year after rehoming.”
Walker Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014)
Uploaded to YouTube on 8 Apr 2014 by SMHD.
Metrocars 4054 and 4075 at Walkergate (2015)
Uploaded to YouTube on 10 Mar 2015 by CoachAlex1996 (AlexMetroman).
“Tyne and Wear Metro-Metrocars 4054 and 4075 at Walkergate”
Demolition Of St. Anthony’s House (2017)
Chris Tweedy: Demolition of St. Anthony’s House (multistorey flats).
Newcastle upon Tyne, June 2017.
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