Monthly Archives: April 2013

212 Chillingham Road

The photograph below shows the premises at 212 Chillingham Road,  now occupied by Martha and Mary’s, a community cafe and meeting place, run by volunteers from St Gabriel’s Church.image

The shop dates from around 1908 and the first occupier, W Wilson, confectioners, appears in the trade directories from 1909 and remained until 1919. The proprietor was William Wilson, who at the time of the 1911 census was aged 48 and living at 10 Heaton Road with his mother and sister, both called Sarah, and his brother, Septimus, who also gave his occupation as confectioner and so presumably worked in the family shop too.  William was born and bred in East Newcastle, one of ten children,  and he was already describing himself as a confectioner in the 1881 census, when he was aged 18. At that time, he lived with his mother and siblings in Gibb Street, Byker.

The boy in the picture is Randolph Cummings, born in 1895. At the time of the 1911 census, Randolph was living with his father, a furniture dealer and four brothers and sisters at 86 Simonside Terrace. Ten years earlier his father is described as a pawnbroker and the family were living in Grosvenor Avenue, Jesmond. Randolph’s granddaughter, Noreen Rees,  sent us a copy of the photograph. There is also a copy on display in Martha and Mary’s. The billboard on the right, belonging to the newsagent’s next door advertises a ‘coming revolution in shop hours’. Any idea what that might have referred to?

In 1920, the shop was still a confectioners but now went by the name of Mosley and Jamieson. And in the mid 1920s it was referred to in the directories as Millers Hill Bakery. However, as you can see, the photo taken in the early days of William Wilson’s confectionary, before WW1, already includes this name. We’re not sure what the relationship between Wilson’s and Millers Hill would have been. Any ideas?

By 1928, the shop had been acquired by the London and Newcastle Tea Company, which was one of the UK’s earliest chain stores. The company had 40-50 branches by 1880 at which time it was the second biggest grocery chain in the country, just ahead of the rapidly expanding Thomas Lipton.

The firm had a loyalty scheme in operation as early as 1875, with the network of groceries  which sold the company’s tea giving a brass check with each purchase. Customers were invited to save the checks until they had acquired enough to claim a prize such as a toy, an item of crockery or a household gadget. The checks are now collectors’ items but we haven’t seen one stamped ‘Heaton’. Check your drawers!

It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the shop changed hands again, when it became Adam’s, a greengrocers. And this is where we need your help. Can you add anything to the information here? Do you have any memories of Adams’ or any of the other shops which occupied 212 Chillingham Road before Martha and Mary’s? Or do you have any old photos of other shops in Heaton?  If so, we’d love to hear from you. Contact chris.jackson@heatonhistorygroup.org or comment here.

Heaton: from farms to foundries

Local historian, Alan Morgan, will give our next talk on Wednesday 22 May, again at the Corner House, Heaton. Alan was born and bred in Newcastle and still lives in High Heaton.

He is author of Heaton: from farms to foundries, available on Amazon and from Newcastle City Council, and many other local history books on Newcastle. He is also an experienced City Guide. Alan will give a fascinating insight into the history of Heaton, which grew in little over a century from a tiny settlement into  the bustling suburb we know now. He will illustrate his talk with photographs and illustrations, many not featured in his book.

Tickets are priced £2 or free to members. To book a place (essential as they are selling fast), email chris.jackson@heatonhistorygroup.org or telephone 0191 240 3525.

To enquire about membership, priced £10 for the year, contact jeaniemolyneux@phonecoop.coop or ask on the night.

Make sure that you arrive at the Corner House by 7.00pm and take your seat by 7.15pm, as it’s likely we’ll have to reallocate  unclaimed seats to a standby list. Our first event, the talk by John Grundy, was a great social occasion as well as an informative and entertaining talk and the second looks like being the same. Hope to see you there!

Heaton History Group Corporate Supporters

The following organisations have supported Heaton History Group with sponsorship or raffle prizes. Big thanks to them all.

Bijou Hairdressing, 220 Chillingham Road

Blyth Spartans Football Club

The Chillingham

Chillingham Collectables, 225 Chillingham Road

Clough’s Sweet Shop

Corner House Hotel

DW Sports Byker

Empire Cinema, The Gate, Newcastle

Factory Framing Centre

Fantasia Florist, 183-5 Shields Road

Hazy Daisy Florist

Heaton Stannington Football Club

Hemp Nation, 115 Chillingham Road

Icon Cards, 256 Chillingham Road

Leaf Hairdressing, 200A Heaton Road

Lin-D Hairdressing

Omer’s Convenience Store, 101 Addycombe Terrace

Ouseburn Trust

People’s Theatre

Ringtons

Sambucas, Heaton Park Pavilion

Sock Council, Heaton

Star Market, 179-181 Chillingham Road

Teasy Does It

Tyneside Cinema

Wild Trapeze

And thank you too to individual  members and supporters who have given raffle prizes or their time.