Category: Northumberland

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To heat or eat in 2022?

Peter Benson
Ready meal

Many people, including right across the North East will have to make the hard choice of whether to eat or heat in 2022. We need to hold the government to account.

North East Ghost Stories Part 8

The ghosts of Chillingham Castle

Peter Lathan

Chillingham Castle, near Wooler on the English side of the Scottish Border, can lay claim to being not just one of most haunted stately home in the country but possibly the most haunted.

BOX SETNorth East History

The path to safety in North East coal mines, 1800 – 1850

Audrey Marshall
A photo of a mine shaft head wheel

Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a look at the issues of safety and eventual legislation for […]

North East HistoryPART 7UPDATED

The first safety legislation: North East coal mines, 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall […]

North East Ghost Stories PART 7

Haunted stately homes in the North East

Peter Lathan
Dunstanburgh Castle

The Stately Homes of England,Though rather in the lurch,Provide a lot of chancesFor Psychical Research –There’s the ghost of a crazy younger sonWho murdered, in thirteen fifty-one,An extremely rowdy NunWho resented it,And people who come to callMeet her in the hall.The baby in the guest wing,Who crouches by the grate,Was walled up in the west […]

North East Bylines: editor’s picks for 2021

North East Bylines
pen and paper

There were so many to choose from! Here are seven editor’s picks for 2021. In no particular order… North East Bylines began in July 2020. Issue 1 had 12 articles. Since then we have published 74 issues and over 1,300 articles. We have a team of well over 100 writers, 10 sub-editors, 3 illustrators and […]

North East HistoryPART 6UPDATED

The road to safety legislation in North East coal mines 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a […]

North East Ghost Stories PART 6UPDATED

The Alnwick vampire

Peter Lathan

In the eleventh century our protagonist was a servant to Lord de Vesci of Alnwick Castle, a couple of hundred years before the Percy family bought it. It still remains in the Percy family and the current owner is Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. But that’s irrelevant so let’s get back to the […]

North East HistoryPART 5

Ventilation and profit in North East mines 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a look at the issues of safety and eventual legislation for […]

North East HistoryPART 4

Ventilation in North East mines 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a look at the issues of safety and eventual legislation for […]

North East HistoryPART 3UPDATED

A breakthrough: lighting in North East mines 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Throughout the history of coal mining, various methods of lighting had been tried out, some of them safe, others highly dangerous, none of them really effective. During the 18th century, for instance, parts of Merton Colliery were ‘illuminated’ by the faint but secure light of fish skins, while in Hebburn Colliery, before the invention of […]

North East HistoryPART 2UPDATED

Accidents in the North East coalmines, 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Many accidents were caused by falls of stone or of coal, men falling down shafts, the use of gunpowder for blasting, and breakages of the winding ropes which were used both for raising coal to the surface and for raising and lowering the miners to and from the mine. Accidents were numerous, so numerous in […]

North East HistoryPART 1UPDATED

Dangerous jobs in the North East coal mines, 1800-1850

Audrey Marshall

Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a look at the issues of safety and eventual legislation for […]

Look out for each other this Christmas

North East Bylines
Rescue boat on the river Tyne

The region’s fire and rescue service has called on people to look out for each other this Christmas after revealing they have been called to help more than 100 people in distress in just six months. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have made the plea as we enter a festive period that […]

Does a Member of Parliament represent a constituency or the constituents?

Peter Howarth

Members of the government are usually chosen from amongst the ranks of the members of Parliament, and if a particular person is earmarked for a government position they will often be ‘parachuted’ into a ‘safe’ seat away from their home.  My own representative, who is the Southern-born MP for a safe Conservative seat in rural […]

There’s no place like (a) home with HC-one

David Walsh

Viewers on Monday night may have seen on BBC1’s Panorama, a programme about a company, whose operational HQ is in Darlington, and which runs 39 residential care homes in our region. Stretching in an arc from Morpeth to Middlesbrough and across Tyne and Wear and Co Durham, this firm, HC-one, is a company predominantly concerned […]