Tomatos That I Grow

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

The Blue Bell Hendon

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Notice the new houses on the right of the Blue Bell these where built in the 1970s and are privately owned

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The roof of The Blue Bell was once a beautiful tiled structure but over many years of neglect sadly it is now nothing like it was in its hey day notice the attic window and the chimney pots and the TV mast

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The Blue Bell was situated in Zion Street Hendon Sunderland which was a street in the Jewish quarter of Hendon

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The Blue Bell looks very sad in its derelict condition and was pulled down shortly after I took these images

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My white Berlingo van can be seen on the left of the image

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Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background the church was opened in 1719 for the growing population of Sunderland as the ship building industry grew

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The attic window of The Blue Bell I wonder what history it can tell us about the pub

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Close up of the Blue Bells attic window now sadly looking very delapitdated after the pub closed shortly after the Blue Bell was pulled down and made into a car park

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Notice the broken windows the drain pipes and the Sky antenna on the wall

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Close up of the broken windows and the drain pipes and the size of the bricks these were the old style a lot smaller than the ones used for building these days

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This was the main door of The Blue Bell the windows are now sadly boarded up with chip board

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Grass and weeds are now growing freely around The Blue Bells main door and on the pavement

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The licence sign of The Blue Bell sadly now looking rather tired and old

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The front of The Blue Bell you can see Holy Trinity Church clock tower on the right of the image

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Notice the broken windows and the curtains hanging out they look vey old

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There is even an original Sky mast next to the drain pipe

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Me and my father Billy Bell often had a drink in The Blue Bell on an afternoon

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The windows of the attic and the first floor are all broken now and the pub now looks a shadow of its former self

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The Zion Street sign looks tattered and weary now is as if to say I have had enough

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In this image you can see nearly all of the boarded up front of The Blue Bell

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The chimney and the attic window can be seen clearly in this image and notice the seagull perched on the attic window

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This image shows The Blue Bells rear extension in Moor Street not quite sure what the function of the extension was but it has been suggested that it could have been the pubs kitchen

Asparagus That I Grow

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This image is of an asparagus plantlet called Sweet Purple I purchased about a dozen of these plantlets of a guy called Keith Wheeler in May 2018
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The roots of the asparagus plantlets can be seen just before I repotted them into larger plant pots

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I use different size pots when transplanting the asparagus seedlings and always mix perlite with the compost I use for transplanting the asparagus

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These images of are of asparagus UC 157 F2 the one of the most popular varieties grown in the world and was developed in the early eighties

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A view of the asparagus plantlets ferns they are looking very healthy and green all these plantlets were grown from seed in my unheated conservatory

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More images of the asparagus plantlets after they had been repotted by me in the conservatory on the allotment

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Image of the ferns of asparagus Sweet Purple planlets which are about seven months old I grew the plantlets from seed in my unheated conservatory

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Gray Road Hendon

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This a bit of a blured image of the front room of 33 Gray Road in the image you can see a photograph of my late mam and dad celebrating their wedding anniversary also an image of my oldest daughter Lisa

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The fire side in the front room of 33 Gray Road when we were children this was a coal fire but in my mam and dads later life was replaced by an electric fire

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The famous green phone which all of my family hated but my dad loved

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The bay window was a typical type used in the mid seventies on property in Hendon and Sunderland

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Billy Bell my father better known as Hendons historian because of his slide shows and his knowledge of Hendon and Sunderlands history

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David Bell outside 33 Gray Road visiting his father Billy Bell at 33 Gray Road this was just after my Mam had died

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Notice my Berlingo van parked on Gray Road the new buildings on the left was once an old vicarage

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These houses were buitl in the late eighties and were typical of the houses built in Hendon and Sunderland at that time they where well built and looked good

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Image show the repairing of the gable end of the house after wind damage on a house in Gray Road Hendon

Sportsmans Arms

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The Sportsman’s Arms now Known as the Scullery

The Sportsman’s Arms closed on the 05-02-2010 when it closed it was left empty for a few years until a plumbing business opened up a showroom and office in the premises the company owners decided as they were not using all of the building so decided to rent out the old lounge at the rear of the pub

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The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth was once one of the most important buildings in Silksworth

Images taken by Dave Bell

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I took these images from the bottom of High Newport Allotments in May 2010 when the Sportsman’s Arms sadly closed and ended one of the last places that was used and built for the miners and their families of Silksworth very little remains of the miners heritage in Silksworth nowadays

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The once proud sign of the Sportsman’s Arms now looks tired and weary

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Notice the boarded up windows and The Sportsmans Arms sign still swinging as if everything was ok image taken on a wet and windy very cold day

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Close up of the sign on the rear wall of The Sportsmans Arms which closed in May 2010 because of lost revenue caused by very few local people using the public house

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The Sportsmans Arms puplic house built for the miners of Silksworth in 1871 as Silksworth Colliery grew new houses were built for the miners and their families and not forgetting why The Sportsmans Arms built for the miners when they had finished their shifts and to socialise when not working

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Silksworth Colliery shaft was sunk in 1869 In 1871, according to the Census there were approx 800 people living in the Silksworth and Tunstall areas, the local area was mainly farmland and where most people worked on the land.

Vaux Breweries Ltd

Vaux Breweries Ltd, Castle Street Brewery, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.

Founded by Cuthbert Vaux 1837 at Matlock Street Brewery.

Moved to Castle Street 1875. Registered 1896 as C.Vaux & Sons Ltd.

Merged with North Eastern Breweries Ltd. 1927 to form Associated Breweries Ltd.

Name changed as above 1973.

At that time held 700 houses in England and 200 Thomas Usher & Son Ltd houses in Scotland.

After pressure from the City, closed 1999.


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List of Vaux Breweries Ltd. pubs in County Durham

1. Mill Inn, Blackhall Mill
2. Cottage Tavern, Shield Road, Cleadon Village
3. Ivy House, Worcester Street, Sunderland
4. Rosedene, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland
5. Saltgrass, Ayres Quay, Sunderland
6. Seaburn Hotel, Queen’s Parade, Sunderland
7. Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland
8. Chester, Chester Road, Sunderland
9. Brewery Tap, Dunning Street, Sunderland
10. Welcome Tavern, Barrack Street, Sunderland
11. Pennywell Inn, Portsmouth Road, Sunderland
12. Vane Arms, Silksworth Terrace, Sunderland
13. Walworth Castle, Walworth Road, Sunderland (owned 1920)
14. Rose & Crown, High Street West, Sunderland (owned 1918)
15. Laburnum Cottsge, Norman Street, Sunderland (owned 1918)
16. Brougham Arms, Brougham Street, Sunderland (owned 1918)
17. Temple Bar, Johnson Street, Sunderland (owned 1918)
18. Propeller, Low Street, Sunderland (referred 1907)
19. Bottlemaker’s Arms, Hanover Place, Sunderland (referred 1907)
20. Ship Inn, Ayres Quay, Sunderland (referred 1907)
21. Fountain Head, Millum Terrace, Sunderland (referred 1907)
22. New Pier Hotel, Millum Terrace, Sunderland (referred 1907)
23. Howard Arms, Roker Avenue, Sunderland (purchased 1990 from Joshua Tetley, Leeds)
24. King’s Arms, Beach Street, Sunderland (purchased 1990 from Joshua Tetley, Leeds)
25. Lansdowne, Deptford Road, Millfield, Sunderland
26. Cricketer’s, Cornforth Lane, Coxhoe
27. Garden House Inn, North Road, Darlington
28. Miner’s Arms, Manor Road, Medomsley, near Consett
29. Fox & Hounds, Teesway, Neasham
30. Seven Stars, Shincliffe, near Durham
31. Black Bull, Front Street, East Boldon
32. Parkwood Hotel, Darlington Road, Stockton on Tees
33. Shepherd & Shepherdess, Beamish
34. Black Horse Inn, Beamish
35. Red Lion, Front Street, Chester le Street
36. Dog Inn, Cross Lanes, Heighington, near Darlington
37. North Briton, High Street, Aycliffe Village
38. Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington
39. Avenue, Avenue Street, High Shincliffe
40. Blacksmith’s Arms, Low Pittington, near Durham
41. Red Alligator, South Church, Bishop Auckland
42. Beacon Inn, Green’s Place, South Shields
43. Three Tuns, New Elvet, Durham
44. Queen’s Head, Front Street, Lanchester
45. Blue Bell, Front Street, Lanchester
46. New Ship, Sunderland Road, Cleadon
47. Grey Horse, Front Street, East Boldon
48. Azure Blue, Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead
49. Duke of Albany, Albany Village, Washington
50. Coach & Horses, Butcher Race, near Spennymoor
51. Half Moon, Low Spennymoor
52. Iron Horse, Emerson Way, Newton Aycliffe
53. Moor Edge, Front Street, Sherburn Hill
54. Blue Bell, High Street, Gateshead
55. Oddfellow’s Arms, Westbourne Terrace, Shiney Row, Houghton le Spring
56. Bird, Pelton, near Chester le Street
57. Fir Tree, Hedley Hill, Cornsay Colliery
58. Lambton Arms, Front Street, Sherburn Hill
59. King’s Head, Shotley Bridge, near Consett
60. Dan’s Castle Inn, Tow Law
61. Moorcock, Waskerley, near Consett
62. Glendinning Arms, Front Street, Witton Gilbert
63. Rose & Shamrock, South Shields Road, Birtley
64. Highgate, Cutler Hall Road, Blackhill
65. Welcome, Front Street, Cockfield
66. Commercial, Commercial Road, Coxhoe
67. Old Elm Tree, Crossgate, Durham
68. Pot & Glass, Crossgate Moor, Durham
69. Chelmsford Hotel, Ebchester
70. Beehive, Fishburn, near Durham
71. Grey Horse, Haswell, near Sunderland
72. Centurion, Wall Nook Lane, Langley Park
73. Crown, Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor
74. Surtees Hotel, Dan’s Castle, Tow Law
75. Golden Lion, Broadway, Houghton le Spring
76. Shipwright’s Arms, Ferryboat Lane, North Hylton
77. Coach & Horses, Croxdale
78. Peacock, Tanfield, near Gateshead
79. Gold Medal, Chowdene Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead
80. Smith’s Arms, Carlton, near Stockton
81. Bowesfield, Bowesfield Lane, Stockton on Tees
82. Victoria, Durham Road, Blackhill
83. Victoria, School Street, Witton le Wear
84. Dun Cow, High Street, Witton le Wear
85. Double Maxim, Durham Road, Sunderland
86. Crown & Thistle, Catchgate, near Annfield Plain
87. Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees
88. Marsden Grotto, Marsden, near South Shields
89. Free Gardeners, Grafton Street, Fencehouses
90. Plough Inn, Four Lane Ends, Houghton le Spring
91. Whitwell Inn, New Durham (owned 1897)
92. Mill Race, West End, Wolsingham
93. Prospect, Victoria Terrace, Penshaw
94. Old Cross, Ryton
95. Steamboat, Coronation Street, Sunderland
96. Ash Tree, Carr Lane, Spennymoor
97. Back o’ the Shaft, Consett
98. Middlesbrough Hotel, Princess Street, West Hartlepool (purchased 1990 from Joshua Tetley, Leeds)
99. Wellington, Dubmire, near Fencehouses
100. Bull’s Head, Market Place, Darlington, licence to the:
101. Copper Beach, Neasham Road, Darlington (opened 1957)
102. George Hotel, Piercebridge, near Darlington
103. Alexandra, Grangetown, Sunderland (opened 1947)
104. Mile House Hotel, Durham Road, Stockton on Tees
105. Harbour of Refuge, Croft Terrace, Hartlepool
106. Blue Bell, Station Road, Fulwell Road, Sunderland


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List of Vaux Breweries Ltd. pubs in Northumberland

1. Black Bull, Etal, near Wooler
2. Black Cock, Falstone, near Bellingham
3. Fisher’s Arms, Main Street, Horncliffe
4. Black Bull, Bridge Street, Warkworth
5. Anchor Inn, Cheviot Street, Wooler
6. Fox & Hounds, Main Street, Wylam
7. Clayton Arms, Dudley Lane, Dudley
8. Collingwood Hotel, Wansbeck Road, Gosforth
9. Killingworth Arms, Killingworth, near Newcastle
10. Alexandra, Queen Alexandra Road, North Shields
11. Steamboat, Bridge Street, Blyth
12. Old Ship Inn, Front Street, Newbiggin on Sea
13. Black Swan, Union Street, Seahouses
14. Hadrian Hotel, Wall Village, near Hexham
15. Waterloo, 17 Bondicar Terrace (Havelock Street), Blyth. See: Waterloo, Blyth
16. Earl Grey, High Street, Gosforth
17. Wheatsheaf, Watling Street, Corbridge
18. New Inn, West Road, Haltwhistle
19. Crown & Anchor, Main Street, Horsley
20. White Swan, Lowick, near Belford
21. Royal Buffet, Grey Street, Newcastle
22. Waggonway, King Street, Blyth
23. West Wylam, Front Street, Prudhoe
24. Forester’s Arms, West Sleekburn, near Blyth
25. Ca’ Canny, Beaumont Terrace, Brunswick Village
26. Percy Arms, Percy Street, Newcastle
27. Royal Tavern, Beaconsfield Street, Blyth
28. George, Chollerford
29. Hawthorn, Fawdon, near Newcastle
30. Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, near Hexham
31. Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice, near Whitley Bay
32. Black Diamond, Phoenix Street, Newsham, near Blyth
33. Jingling Gates, West Whorlton, near Newcastle
34. Market Hotel, Fenkle Street, Alnwick
35. Oddfellow’s Arms, Narrowgate, Alnwick
36. Castle Inn, Front Street, Bamburgh
37. Howard Arms, Bedlington
38. Wharton Arms, Bedlington
39. Black Swan, Market Place, Belford
40. Salmon Inn, 31 High Street, Belford. See: Salmon, Belford
41. Berwick Arms, Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed
42. Brown Bear Inn, 27 Hide Hill, Berwick-upon-Tweed. See: Brown Bear, Berwick-upon-Tweed
43. Free Trade Inn, Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed
44. Harrow Inn, Main Street, Tweedmouth
45. Hen & Chickens, Sandgate, Berwick-upon-Tweed
46. King’s Arms, Hide Hill, Berwick-upon-Tweed
47. Meadow House Inn, North Road, Berwick-upon-Tweed
48. Miner’s Arms, Sunnyside, Tweedmouth
49. Old Angel Inn, Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed
50. Queen’s Head, Church Street, Tweedmouth
51. Rose & Thistle, Walkergate, Berwick-upon-Tweed
52. Roxburgh Hotel, Main Street, Spittal, near Berwick-upon-Tweed
53. Royal Hotel, 4 Main Street, Tweedmouth. See: Royal Hotel, Tweedmouth
54. Errington Arms, Stagshaw Bank, near Corbridge
55. County Hotel, Priestpopple, Hexham
56. Crown & Anchor, Holy Island
57. Salutation, Shoreswood, near Berwick-upon-Tweed
58. Plough, 24 Bondgate Without, Alnwick. See: Plough, Alnwick
59. George, 63 Bondgate Within, Alnwick. See: George, Alnwick
60. Grove, 145 Etal Road, Tweedmouth. See: Grove, Tweedmouth


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List of Vaux breweries Ltd. pubs in North Yorkshire

1. Fox Covert, High Leven, near Yarm
2. Ketton Ox, High Street, Yarm
3. Miner’s Arms, Boosbeck Road, Skelton
4. Hildyard Arms, Colburn, near Richmond
5. Hotel St. George, Ripon Road, Harrogate
6. Cross Keys, North Stainley, near Ripon
7. Wheatsheaf, Quarry Moor, near Ripon
8. Rose & Crown, Wormald Green, near Ripon
9. Bridge Inn, Stapleton, near Darlington
10. Buck Inn, Chop Gate, Near Stokesley
11. Captain Cook, Staithes
12. Alexandra Vaults, Saltburn
13. Royal Oak, Bond End, Knaresborough
14. World’s End, Bond End, Knaresborough
15. Blue Bell, Fossgate, York
16. Rockingham Arms, Towton, near Tadcaster
17. Gosford Hotel, Middlesbrough
18. Zetland Hotel, High Street, Marske
19. Water Rat, Bondgate Green, Richmond
20. Crown Hotel, Brompton on Swale
21. Eagle, Rothbury Road, Middlesbrough (opened 1958/59)
22. Hollywell View, Liverton, near Guisborough


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List of Vaux Breweries Ltd. pubs in West Yorkshire

1. Albion, Lane Head, Brighouse
2. Calder & Hebble, Salterhebble, Halifax
3. Country House Hotel, Hipperholme
4. Hole in the Wall, Old Gate, Hebden Bridge
5. Jumples Hotel, Halifax
6. Omnibus, Ambler Thorn, Queensbury
7. Pack Horse, Cain Lane, Southowram
8. Railway, New Road, Hebden Bridge
9. Running Man, Pellon Lane, Halifax
10. Windmill, Park Square, Northowram
11. Golden Fleece, Lindley Road, Elland
12. Springfield, Bradford Road, Idle, Bradford
13. Mail Coach, Huddersfield Road, Odsal, Bradford
14. Peacock, Leeds Road, Huddersfield
15. Dusty Miller, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd


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List of Vaux Breweries Ltd. pubs in North Western England

1. Weaver’s Arms, Oldham Road, Manchester
2. Cardwell Arms, Chorley Road, Adlington
3. Cross Keys, Clitheroe
4. Queen Inn, Aughton Street, Ormskirk
5. Mitre Tavern, Moor Lane, Preston
6. Bear’s Paw, Church Street, Preston
7. Mister Pickwick’s, Meadow Street, Preston
8. Watering Trough, Fylde Road, Preston
9. Tame Valley, Park Road, Dukinfield
10. Rose & Crown, Market Street, Stalybridge
11. Riverside, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge
12. New Waggon & Horses, Hyde Road, Woodley, near Hyde
13. Temple & Bowling Green, Huddersfield Road, Springhead, near Oldham
14. Star Inn, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, near Oldham
15. Barge, High Street, Stalybridge
16. Lane Ends Inn, High Reedley, Brierfield
17. Royal Oak, Longsight Road, Clayton le Dale
18. Park Hotel, Cemetery Road, Darwen
19. Maxim’s, Bradshawgate, Bolton
20. Crown Inn, Deansgate, Manchester
21. Bonaparte’s, Clarence Street, Liverpool
22. Mersey Hotel, Mersey Street, Warrington
23. Dog & Partridge, Oldham Road, Rochdale


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List of Vaux Breweries Ltd. pubs in London

  1. Princess Louise, High Holborn, London WC1
    2. White Lion, High Street, Putney, London SW15
    3. Crocker’s, Aberdeen Place, Maida Vale, London NW8
    4. Rat & Parrot, East Barnet Road, New Barnet
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    Notice the new houses on the right of the Blue Bell these where built in the 1970s and are privately owned

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    The roof of The Blue Bell was once a beautiful tiled structure but over many years of neglect sadly it is now nothing like it was in its hey day notice the attic window and the chimney pots and the TV mast

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    The Blue Bell was situated in Zion Street Hendon Sunderland which was a street in the Jewish quarter of Hendon

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    The Blue Bell looks very sad in its derelict condition and was pulled down shortly after I took these images

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    My white Berlingo van can be seen on the left of the image

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    Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background the church was opened in 1719 for the growing population of Sunderland as the ship building industry grew

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    The attic window of The Blue Bell I wonder what history it can tell us about the pub

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    Close up of the Blue Bells attic window now sadly looking very delapitdated after the pub closed shortly after the Blue Bell was pulled down and made into a car park

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    Notice the broken windows the drain pipes and the Sky antenna on the wall

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    Close up of the broken windows and the drain pipes and the size of the bricks these were the old style a lot smaller than the ones used for building these days

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    This was the main door of The Blue Bell the windows are now sadly boarded up with chip board

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    Grass and weeds are now growing freely around The Blue Bells main door and on the pavement

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    The licence sign of The Blue Bell sadly now looking rather tired and old

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    The front of The Blue Bell you can see Holy Trinity Church clock tower on the right of the image

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    Notice the broken windows and the curtains hanging out they look vey old

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    There is even an original Sky mast next to the drain pipe

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    Me and my father Billy Bell often had a drink in The Blue Bell on an afternoon

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    The windows of the attic and the first floor are all broken now and the pub now looks a shadow of its former self

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    The Zion Street sign looks tattered and weary now is as if to say I have had enough

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    In this image you can see nearly all of the boarded up front of The Blue Bell

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    The chimney and the attic window can be seen clearly in this image and notice the seagull perched on the attic window

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    This image shows The Blue Bells rear extension in Moor Street not quite sure what the function of the extension was but it has been suggested that it could have been the pubs kitchen

    I dont know if The Blue Bell Hendon in its very long history used North East Breweries as one of its ales suppliers but one thing is certain the North Eastern Brewery LTD supplied many pubs with its products all over England


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