Historically part of the county of Durham, Gateshead lies on the southern bank of the River Tyne, opposite Newcastle. Gateshead has a rich story to tell and its history goes back to Roman times. Coal mining in the area started in the Middle Ages and the settlement expanded rapidly in the Industrial Revolution as other industries developed in Gateshead. The incandescent light bulb was developed here, as was the turbine engine, underwater telegraph cables and the first flavoured crisps! It was an industrial hub during the 19th century and was an early railway town producing a locomotive as early as 1805 with a passenger service running from 1839. It was also noted as a centre for Jewish education. Many famous people have either been born, worked or lived in Gateshead. These included the inventor Sir Joseph Swan, geologist Arthur Holmes, footballers Paul Gascoigne and Hughie Gallagher and Brendan Foster who established Gateshead as a centre for international athletics. In recent years Gateshead has come to the fore with buildings such as the Sage Gateshead, the Angel of the North, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic centre for Contemporary art. It also has an International Stadium and an award winning Victorian park.
This fascinating A-Z tour of Gateshead’s history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this town in the North East of England.
Product Code: BKAZG
Authors: Sandra Brack, Margaret Hall & Antha Lang Stables