Gateshead Public Houses

Title:  Albion Public House, 148 High Street, 1970
Photographer:  Gateshead Post
Date:  03/07/1970
Reference Number:  GL004226
The number of pubs on Gateshead High Street has always been a talking point and this reflected the densely populated nature of the area. At its peak there were over 30, with many more on the side streets.

Title:  Lord Nelson Public House, Nelson Street, Gateshead, 1969
Photographer:  Davison, N.
Date:  20/1/1969
Reference Number:  GL004545

Title:  The Phoenix Inn Public House, 266 High Street, Gateshead, 1930s

Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  Date Unknown
Reference Number:  GL001562

IThis street was demolished in 1940 and ran off the High Street. Pictured on the left of the photograph is the Phoenix Inn. The inn appears to have been owned by Jane Hindmarsh in 1841 - who was 60 at the time. By 1873 it was owned by J. Lamb and it is known today as Curley's after the landlord of the inn in the 1930's, the noted boxer Will Curley. Although the inn has survived, Charles Street was demolished in the 1940s.

Title:  266 High Street (Curley's Public House), Gateshead, 2007

Photographer:  Maughan, Jenifer
Date:  2007
Reference Number:  GL007894

This photograph shows the same view as GL001562. Curley's was originally known as the Phoenix Inn and is listed as early as 1841 under a Jane Hindmarsh, landlady. Originally the inn also formed the corner with Charles Street, one of the many streets of terraced housing leading off the High Street. Charles Street was demolished in the 1940s as part of the slum clearnance programme, but the inn survived.


Title:  331-351, High Street, Gateshead, 1967

Photographer:  Davison, N.
Date:  February 1967
Reference Number:  GL004064
 The Blue Bell Inn was situated at no. 351 High Street. This part of the High Street was built in the early 1870s and the Blue Bell’s first landlord was a Mrs H. Jolley. Drinking was a very popular pastime 100 years ago. Many workers were employed in hot, dusty and dry conditions and headed straight for the local inn at the end of each day. Because there were very few public meeting places pubs were also used as venues for meetings and for business and by many clubs and societies.

Title:  244-252 High Street, Gateshead, 1881

Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  1881
Reference Number:  GL001838

Item Description:  Shows corner of Jackson Street, later the site of the Metropole Theatre. Ownership of the raised 'quays' in front of these houses was disputed between the Borough Council and several owners, notably Councillor James Hymers. Further north, the quays were much wider and sloped down to the road.

Title:  Albert Public House, Albert Street, Gateshead
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  Unknown
Reference Number:  GL004225
Item Description:  20 Albert Street

Title:  Alma Public House, Hopper Street, Gateshead, c1929
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  C1929
Reference Number:  GL001373

Title:  Askew Arms Public House, Askew Road, Gateshead
Photographer:  Armstrong, M.G
Date:  Unknown
Reference Number:  GL011949
Built in 1909 did this replace the former building?..see pic below..not if that pic was taken in 1920 as shown

Title:  Askew Arms Public House, Gateshead
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  C. 1920
Reference Number:  GL004230

Title:  Atlas Hotel 242-244 High Street, Gateshead
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  Unknown
Reference Number:  GL004231
Item DesThe number of pubs on Gateshead High Street has always been a talking point and this reflected the densely populated nature of the area. At its peak there were over 30, with many more on the side streets.

Title:  Barley Mow Public House and The Crawshay Inn, East Street, 1963
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  1963
Reference Number:  GL004236
The Barley Mow was situated at 28 East Street and the Crawshay Inn was 22-24 East Street.

Title:  Wylam Hotel, 1-33 Wylam Street, Gateshead, c1963
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  C1963
Reference Number:  GL001747
Item Description:  Wylam Street was situated off West Street.

The Queen's Head Public House, Bottle Bank, 1970
Photographer:  Elrington, W.P
Date:  30/04/2000
Reference Number:  GL004447
Before the early 1800s Gateshead’s most important pubs were all along the Great North Road. However, by the middle
of the 1800s Gateshead was expanding away from the riverside and the building of the High Level Bridge in 1850 took a great
deal of trade away from this area. The pubs around the riverside started to decline and by the Second World War the majority of these pubs had disappeared.

The Queen’s Head was the riversides last surviving traditional pub and had been used for many purposes. The rooms within the
Queens Head had been used as a temporary town hall (1867), a courthouse, a billiard room and a ‘Harmony Hall.’ As well as all of this during the days of stagecoaches the hotel was also a busy post house!

 Black Bull Hotel Public House, 315 High Street, Gateshead
Photographer:  Unknown
Date:  Unknown
Reference Number:  LS001506
Supplied by John Barrass, Bass "Burton", Richie's Brown Stout

Black Horse Inn Public House, Greenside, c1900
Photographer:  Dalton, J.P.
Date:  C1900
Reference Number:  19_06
This Inn was originally known as the Pack Horse but sometime in the 19th century became known as the Black Horse. It's true name was reinstated during the First World War and has remained as the Pack Horse ever since. Taken by J.P. Dalton, surveyor of Ryton Urban District Council, between 1898-1905.

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