Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Raise Toast to 'Lost' Hostelries; DAVE MORTON Recalls the Lost Pubs of Newcastle's Scotswood Road

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Raise Toast to 'Lost' Hostelries; DAVE MORTON Recalls the Lost Pubs of Newcastle's Scotswood Road

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SCOTSWOOD Road -it's one of the most famous and evocative of Newcastle's thoroughfares. It's changed beyond all recognition in the last 40 or 50 years as the city has undergone radical redevelopment.

The road, of course, famously features in the Geordie anthem, the Blaydon Races.

The second verse of the song begins with the line "We flew past Armstrong's factory, and up to the Robin Adair".

The Robin Adair was a well-known Scotswood Road pub.

But here's a question. Since 1850, how many public houses have there been on Scotswood Road? Well, courtesy of a list -and photographs -supplied by West Newcastle Picture History Collection, we have the answer.

Michael Young, of the group, said: "We have a list compiled years ago by Des Walton which names 46 pubs."

And here they are: The Atlas, The Bath, The Blast Furnace, The Blenheim, The Boat House Inn, The Bridges End, The British Lion, The Caledonia, The Clasper Arms, The Crooked Billet, The Delaval Arms, The Dene, The Duke Of Cumberland, The Durham Ox, Elswick Hotel, Elswick House, The Falcon, The Farmers Inn, The Flax Mill, The Foresters' Arms, The Forge Hammer, The Fountain, Freemasons Arms, The Gladstone Hotel, The Golden Eagle, The Golden Fleece, Grahams Arms, The Grapes, The Greentree, Gun Hotel, Hydraulic Crane, The King's Head, The Lincoln, The Lord Wharncliffe, The Maid Of Derwent, The Marlborough, The Mechanics, The Miners, The Moulders, The New Burnt House, The Ord Arms, The Ordnance, The Plimsol, The Rifle, The Robin Adair, The Rokeby, The Royal Oak, The Shell, The Shipwrights Arms, The Toll Bar, The Trust, The Vulcan, The Whitworth.

(If we've missed any, do let us know!) We asked local historian and writer, Yvonne Young, who was born and bred in Newcastle West End, about the old pubs.

She said: "They were thriving and vibrant places. …

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