To book any of the talks below, contact once it’s stated on this website, in a newsletter, on Facebook or Twitter that booking has opened. Heaton History Group members have a priority booking window:

  1. Wed 22 February When Laurel and Hardy Came to Tyneside (Freda Thompson)
  2. Wed 22 March  Cobbled Streets and Penny Sweets (Yvonne Young)
  3. Wed 26 April Mouth of the Tyne: T Dan Smith (Anthony Atkinson)


Unless stated otherwise,  our talks now take place at St George’s United Reformed Church on Newton Road, High Heaton NE7 7HP.

There are excellent public transport links including the numbers 18, 38, 52, 553, which stop right by the church.

There is car parking on the surrounding streets. The nearest car park is in Paddy Freeman’s Car Park just round the corner off Freeman Road, about a 3 minute walk away.


All live talks will be free to members and cost £2.50 for non-members. Once booking has opened, reserve your place by contacting Maria on or 07443 594154

We also offer at least two guided walks a year but, because numbers are limited, these are advertised to members only.


You can find out how to join here.

3 thoughts on “Events

  1. George Harrison (.83 yrs)

    I was researching a cd I have of dr Arnold loxam ( theatre organs) and found reference to the owners of the Durham Regal theatre built in 1934. The owners are listed as 3, Addison Road, Byker.
    Does this add to your history?

    I am a former Byker lad, aged 83 often on shields road. my grandfather had a music shop on Shields road. My uncle was in charge of building the Apollo and died while in charge of building the QUEENS COURT flats, bottom of Stanhope street!
    I see mention of the Pumphrey family…I knew Owen Pumphrey who died at 100 years.
    Mention of the Birder Reivers, I am from the Charltons of Wark, North Tyne

    1. oldheaton

      Hello George, Thank you for your post. Why don’t you try to get along to our talk about the Pumphreys family on 11 December. All are welcome and I am sure you’d enjoy it. Chris (Secretary, Heaton History Group)

      1. Pauline Richardson

        Dear George Harrison, My grandfather and great grandfather W.Gilhome owned a butchers shop on Shields Road, many years ago.
        I can piece together more information if it interests you.
        Referring to the music shop, we have a treasured photo of him with his piano, and they loved their wireless and cabinet radio!
        Interestingly, my great cousin Arthur became a cinema projectionist,
        I know these are tenuous links to people and places, but you never know .My great aunt Mary Gilhome was an infection nurse in Newcastle from 1914 f, and her history is in heathens archive, hope you find the info you are looking for, Best wishes happier times,Pauline Richardson

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