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.

North Eastern Breweries Ltd

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North Eastern Breweries Ltd
The Bramwell & Co, Wear Brewery

North Eastern Breweries Ltd, Wear Brewery, Westbourne Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.

Registered December 1896 with over 180 houses to acquire: Bramwell & Co, Wear Brewery; William Story & Co, Moor Street Brewery, Sunderland; Richard Murray, wine, spirit and ale merchants and aerated water manufacturer, Consett; J H Graham, Middlesborough, wine and spirit merchant; Patrick Bruce Junor, Tower Brewery, Tudhoe Grange, Spennymoor and Thomas Elwen, Frederick Street, Sunderland, ale and porter merchants.Merged with Vaux Breweries Ltd. 1927 to form Associated Breweries Ltd. Ceased brewing on site in 1936 but continued to malt. The Wear Brewery was closed in 1942.Ceased brewing on site in 1936 but continued to malt. 


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List of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Sunderland & Eastern Durham

  1. John Street Tavern, John Street, Sunderland
    2. Waterman’s Tavern, Hat Case, Sunderland
    3. Dog & Pheasant, Coronation Street, Sunderland
    4. Borough Hotel, Borough Road, Sunderland
    5. Bush Inn, Hendon Valley Road, Sunderland
    6. Blue Bell, Fulwell, Sunderland
    7. Star & Garter, New Durham Road, Sunderland
    8. Station Hotel, Southwick, Sunderland
    9. Off- licence, Lansdowne Road, Sunderland
    10. Oak Tree, North Hylton, Sunderland
    11. Pemberton Arms, Southwick
    12. Shipwright’s Arms, North Hylton
    13. Three Tuns, East Street, Sunderland
    14. Terrace Tavern, North Hylton
    15. North Star, Southwick
    16. Cottage Tavern, Hopper Street, Sunderland
    17. Edinburgh House, Sunderland
    18. Glassmaker’s Arms, Grey Street, Sunderland
    19. International Hotel, Rock Terrace, Sunderland
    20. Albion, Southwick, Sunderland
    21. Albion, Green Lane, Sunderland
    22. Burton House Hotel, Sunderland
    23. Sportsman’s Arms, Sunderland
    24. Vane Arms, New Silksworth, near Sunderland
    25. Black Bull, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland
    26. George & Dragon, Bishopwearmouth
    27. Manchester Unity, Sunderland
    28. Ship Burlinson, Vine Street, Sunderland (referred 1907)
    29. Black Bull, East Boldon, near Sunderland
    30. New Queen’s Head, Northgate, Hartlepool
    31. Mill Inn, New Seaham, Seaham Harbour
    32. Colliery Inn, New Seaham
    33. Duke of Wellington, Durham Street, Hartlepool
    34. Hardwick Inn, Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool
    35. Central Hotel, Stockton on Tees
    36. Grand Hotel, Bishop Street, Stockton on Tees
    37. Royal Hotel, Dugdale Street, Stockton on Tees
    38. Ship, High Street, Stockton on Tees
    39. Lambton Castle, High Street, Stockton on Tees
    40. Mechanic’s Arms, Norton Road, Stockton on Tees
    41. Oxbridge Tavern, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton
    42. Station Hotel, Seaham Harbour
    43. Old Queen’s Head, Northgate Street, Hartlepool
    44. Wheatsheaf, Market Place, Houghton le Spring
    45. King’s Arms, North Terrace, Seaham Harbour
    46. Locomotive Tavern, Trimdon Colliery
    47. Colliery Tavern, Shotton Colliery
    48. Half Moon, Easington
    49. Station Hotel, Northgate Street, Harlepool
    50. Ship Inn, Middlegate Street, Hartlepool
    51. Copt Hill Inn, Copt Hill, Houghton le Spring
    52. Highland Laddie, West Rainton, near Houghton le Spring
    53. Bon Lea Hotel, South Shields
    54. Black Lion, Sunderland Street, Houghton le Spring
    55. Ram’s Head, Sunderland Street, Houghton le Spring
    56. Royal Oak (formerly Green Tree), Houghton le Spring
    57. Lyons Tavern, Four Lane Ends, Hetton le Hole
    58. Robin Hood, Primrose Hill, Jarrow
    59. Commercial Hotel, Commercial Road, Jarrow
    60. William IV, High Street, Stockton on Tees
    61. Lord Seaham Hotel, West Rainton, near Houghton le Spring
    62. Black Lion, High Street, Stockton on Tees
    63. Station Hotel, Horden
    64. Queen’s Head, Monkton Road, Jarrow
    65. Royal Hotel, Market Square, Jarrow
    66. Station Hotel, Ellison Street/ Grange Road, Jarrow
    67. Royal Hotel, Port ClarencList of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor & District

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List of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor & District

1. Fleece Hotel, Bondgate, Bishop Auckland
2. Hare & Hounds, Church Street, Coundon
3. Joiner’s Arms, Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland
4. Queen’s Head, Auckland Terrace, Shildon
5. Royal Hotel, Cockfield, near Bishop Auckland
6. Surtees Arms, Main Street, Shildon
7. Station Hotel, New Coundon
8. Station Hotel, Tod Hills, near Bishop Auckland
9. Traveller’s Rest, Evenwood
10. Witton Castle Inn, Woodside, near Bishop Auckland
11. Pear Tree, Byers Green, near Spennymoor
12. Welcome Inn, Cockfield
13. White Hart, Merrington, near Spennymoor
14. Bowes Arms, Galgate, Barnard Castle
15. Raby Hotel, Tubwell Row, Darlington
16. Globe Inn, Piercebridge, near Darlington
17. Fox & Hounds, Teesway, Neasham
18. Rose & Crown, Mickleton, near Barnard Castle
19. Black Horse, Tudhoe Colliery, Spennymoor
20. Black Horse, Commercial Street, Willington
21. Blue Bell, Low Willington
22. Burn Hotel, High Street, Willington
23. Brewers Inn, Quarryburn Lane, Hunwick, near Spennymoor
24. Beehive, Fishburn, near Sedgefield
25. County Hotel, Durham Road, Spennymoor
26. Commercial, Cheapside, Spennymoor
27. Cambridge, Cambridge Street, Spennymoor
28. Coach & Horses, Butcher Race, near Spennymoor
29. Carr’s Hotel, West Cornforth, near Ferryhill
30. East Howle Hotel, East Howle, near Ferryhill
31. Grand Hotel, Cheapside, Spennymoor
32. King’s Head, Durham Road, Ferryhill
33. Lord Raglan, High Street, Spennymoor
34. Marquis of Granby, Byer’s Green
35. North Eastern Hotel, High Street, Spennymoor
36. Puddler’s Arms, Low Spennymoor
37. Railway, Merrington Lane, near Spennymoor
38. Shepherd’s Arms, Billy Row, near Crook
39. Surtees Hotel, High Street, Spennymoor
40. Steam Mill Lane, Merrington Lane
41. Ship Inn, Middlestone, near Spennymoor
42. Swan, Ferryhill Station, near Ferryhill
43. Three Horse Shoes, Fishburn
44. Vulcan, Low Spennymoor
45. Wheatsheaf, Chilton, near Ferrybridge
46. White Horse Inn, Ferryhill
47. Waterloo, High Street, Spennymoor
48. Butcher’s Arms, Merrington Lane
49. Board Inn, Church Street, Crook
50. Foundry Inn, Merrington Lane
51. Greyhound, Ferryhill
52. Colliery Inn, Jobs Hill, near Crook
53. Pit Laddie, Dundas Street, Spennymoor
54. Red Lion Hotel, Queen Street, Spennymoor `
55. Puddler’s Arms, Witton Park , near Bishop Auckland


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List of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Durham, Consett & District

1. Bay Horse, Sherburn Hill, near Durham
2. Old Elm Tree, Crossgate, Durham
3. Glendinning Arms, Witton Gilbert, near Durham
4. Half way House, Thornley Lane End, Thornley, near Durham
5. Lambton Hounds, Pity Me, near Durham
6. Nicky Nack, Croxdale, near Durham
7. New Brancepeth Hotel, New Brancepeth, near Durham
8. Queen’s Head, Ludworth, near Durham
9. Station, Langley Park, near Durham
10. Saddle, Shadforth, near Durham
11. Victoria, Cassop, near Durham
12. North Durham Hotel, Pity Me
13. Railway Hotel, Thornley
14. Seven Stars, Shincliffe, near Durham
15. Tyneside Inn, Coxhoe, near Durham
16. Commercial Hotel, Coxhoe
17. Rock House Hotel, Brancepeth
18. Durham Ox, Gilesgate, Durham
19. Great Britain, Leamside, near Durham
20. Black Bull, Cassop
21. Fox Inn, Dipton, near Stanley
22. Freemason’s Arms, Front Street, Consett
23. Golden Lion, High Street, Tow Law
24. Hobson Hotel, Hobson, near Burnopfield
25. King’s Head, Market Place, Wolsingham
26. Chelmsford Hotel, Ebchester, near Consett
27. Commercial Hotel, Front Street, Stanley
28. Commercial, Leadgate, near Consett
29. Crown & Thistle, Catchgate, Annfield Plain
30. Derwent Hotel, Durham Road, Blackhill
31. Black Bull, Dipton
32. Bird Inn, White le Head, near Stanley
33. Blue Bell, Lanchester
34. Black Horse, Burnopfield
35. Pack Horse, Market Place, Wolsingham
36. Punchbowl, Craghead, near Stanley
37. Queen’s, Middle Street, Consett
38. Royal, Blackhill
39. Royal, Front Street, Stanley
40. King’s Head, Front Street, Stanley
41. Mason’s Arms, Iveston, near Consett
42. Mason’s Arms, Wolsingham Road, Tow Law
43. Moorcock, Waskerley, near Muggleswick
44. Mount Pleasant, New Market Street, Consett
45. Royal Hotel, Dan’s Castle, Tow Law
46. Smelter’s Arms, Castleside, near Consett
47. Ship Inn, Blackhall Mill, Ebchester
48. Station Hotel, Blackhill
49. Station, Ebchester
50. Surtees Tavern, Dan’s Castle, Tow Law
51. Three Tuns, Whickham
52. Wheatsheaf, Angate Street, Wolsingham
53. Bay Horse, Upper Town, Wolsingham
54. North Eastern, Hawthorn Terrace, Blackhill
55. Rock House Off- licence, Sleetburn, near Durham
56. Board Inn, Burnopfield
57. Off- licence, John Street, Consett
58. Off- licence, Park Road, Consett
59. Brandy Inn, Blackhill
60. Britannia, Consett
61. Burton Hotel, Victoria Street, Consett
62. Miner’s Arms, Medomsley, near Consett
63. Mill Inn, Blackhall Mill
64. Red Ox, Dipton
65. Shakespeare, Shakespeare Street, Consett
66. Victoria, Blackhill
67. White Swan, Front Street, Consett
68. Wear Valley Hotel, Wolsingham
69. Bridge Inn, Tow Law (referred 1907)
70. Roebuck, Tow Law (referred 1907)
71. Stirling Castle, Ox Place, Consett
72. Beerhouse, John Street, Consett
73. Miner’s Arms, Healeyfield, near Consett
74. Royal Oak, Medomsley


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List of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Middlesbrough & North Yorkshire

1. Royal, South Bank, near Middlesbrough
2. King’s Head, Victoria Road, Grangetown, near Middlesbrough
3. Pennyman’s Arms, Market Place, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough
4. Queen’s Hotel, Gilkes Street, Middlesbrough
5. Leeds Hotel, Wilson Street, Middlesbrough
6. Victoria, Middlesbrough Road, South Bank
7. Worsley Arms, Smeaton Street, North Ormesby
8. Robin Hood, Commercial Street, Middlesbrough
9. Stapylton Arms, High Street, Eston
10. Windmill, Middlesbrough
11. Off- licence, Middlesbrough Road, South Bank
12. Off- licence, Nile Street, South Bank
13. Off- licence, Nelson Street, South Bank
14. Albion, Commercial Street, Middlesbrough
15. Captain Cook Hotel, Durham Street, Middlesbrough
16. Clarendon Hotel, Middlesbrough
17. Erimus Hotel, Newton Street, Middlesbrough
18. Marquis of Granby, Hill Street, Middlesbrough
19. Dock Hotel, Lower East Street, Middlesbrough
20. Ladle Inn, Marton, near Middlesbrough
21. Palmerston Hotel, Newport Road, Middlesbrough
22. Roseberry Hotel, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough
23. Blue Bell, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough
24. Cannon Hotel, Cannon Street, Misslesbrough
25. Globe Hotel, Nelson Street, South Bank
26. Premises, late Middlesbrough Hotel, North Street, Middlesbrough
27. Royal Oak, Cannon Street, Middlesbrough
28. Volunteer Hotel, Denmark Street, Middlesbrough
29. Zetland Hotel, Zetland Road, Middlesbrough
30. Corporation Hotel, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
31. Alexandra Hotel, Back Amber Street, Saltburn
32. Bridge Inn, The Green, Stapleton, near Darlington
33. Cleveland Hotel, Smeaton Street, North Ormesby
34. Central Hotel, Smeaton Street, North Ormesby
35. Bon Lea Hotel, Mandale Road, Thornaby on Tees
36. Station Hotel, Mandale Road, Thornaby on Tees
37. Farmer’s Arms, Gatherley Road, Brompton on Swale
38. Ketton Ox, High Street, Yarm
39. Lingdale Hotel, Stranghow Road, Lingdale
40. Oddfellow’s Arms, Hunton, near Bedale
41. Premises, late Railway Hotel, Catterick Bridge
42. Station Hotel, High Street, Brotton
43. Traveller’s Rest, Eppleby, near Richmond
44. Zetland Hotel, Nelson Street, South Bank
45. Zetland Hotel, High Street, Marske
46. Castle Inn, Market Place, Richmond
47. Cleveland Hotel, Redcar
48. Shoulder of Mutton, Staithes
49. Ship Inn, Marske
50. Ship Inn, Guisborough


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List of North Eastern Breweries Ltd. pubs in Northumberland

  1. Volunteer Arms, Sunderland Street, Newcastle (lost 1906)
    2. Graham Arms, Scotswood Road, Newcastle
    3. Royal Sovereign, Cut Bank, Newcastle
    4. Hope & Anchor, Horatio Street, Newcastle
    5. Barrack Tavern, Barrack Road, Newcastle
    6. Jingling Gate Inn, Throckley
    7. Ridley Inn, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle
    8. Tiger Inn, Bedford Street, North Shields
    9. Blandford Inn, Blandford Street, Newcastle
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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.

    The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth just after it had closed in 2012 its looking rather a sad Public House 

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