VE Day Newcastle And Gateshead 1945 – 2017

Tyneside V.E Day Memories

Tyneside V.E Day Memories

Found on Vimeo, this excellent film was made as part of a Tyneside Cinema Education and Outreach Department project and brings together young people with local volunteers to record a reworked version of the originally silent film, VE Day set in 1945.

 

Let’s All Have A Merry Geordie Christmas

A couple of Geordie lasses have “Geordiefied” a few Christmas favourites to help us all get into the Christmas spirit 😛

“Let’s All Have a Merry Geordie Christmas”

Please follow the May Arcade link to purchase the various songs.

 

Get Rachel Home

Taking The Piss

pisspotIt’s a well known fact that coal and beer used to be Newcastle Upon Tyne’s biggest exports, however what is not so well known is that another huge export was “Urine”.

Urine, was collected from public urinals or barrels in the city and was used for a variety of things at different times throughout the city’s history –  including; ballast in ships, stripping agent to turn wool into wearable clothes and even in tanneries, where it was used to remove hair and guts from the hides of animals for the production of leather items.

Naturally many sailors who worked on the ships that collected and delivered the urine, weren’t too keen on others knowing the cargo they carried, because If you worked on one of those ships, it wasn’t seen a  good job.

In the Taverns of Newcastle Quayside sailors would meet and ask “what you carrying on your ship?. Many, rather than tell the truth would often make something up, that sounded more exotic, but sailors who suspected they were telling lies would say, “no, you’re taking the piss aren’t you”?.

Funnily enough that phrase went on to become a common Geordie phrase used throughout, Tyneside, Northumberland & Durham.

Other common phrases that come from those times included

  1. “Piss poor” : Families so hard up they used to collect their urine in a pot, which once a day was taken & sold to the tanneries.
  2. “Dont have a pot to piss in: Seen as the poorest of the poor, because they couldn’t afford a pot to store the urine in.

The Horrid Story Of William Jobling

Gaslight Pub Marker

An innocuous corner just east of the Jarrow side of the Tyne pedestrian tunnel is where you will find a small stone monument marking where the Gaslight public house formerly stood.

The Gaslight,  known also as the Commercial was once one of the oldest pubs in Jarrow and legend has it, where the body of William Jobling, one of the last men to be horribly hung and gibbeted in England, was brought to soon after his barbaric death.

His battered and disfigured body was then quickly buried in a secret grave by his family who wanted to prevent the authorities putting his bloodied corpse back in the cage.

 

The trial and sentence unfortunately took place during a miners strike that was being ruthlessly dealt with by the authorities of the time.

Striking miners were being thrown out of their homes by troops and special constables when a Geordie called William Jobling approached a Magistrate and begged for money, but his request was ignored.

Jobling’s companion at the time, suddenly attacked the Magistrate with a stick and a stone before running off.

Instead of stopping to aid the Magistrate, Jobling, who naturally feared getting the blame for the attack also ran off, but was captured by police on a South shields beach a few hours later.

Finding Jobling guilty of the crime, the judge sitting at a court in South Shields stated that the public execution and gibbeting of Jobling should serve as an example to others of “his like”.

Although Jobling was not the actual killer, his gruesome fate was sealed because he was present at the time of the attack ( guilt by association ), while Ralph Armstrong was never put on trial for killing the town Magistrate.

Not far from this former public house is Jarrow Slake ( jarrow’s lake), near Tyne Dock, where Jobling was hung and gibbeted in 1832, for his part in the death of the local Magistrate Nicholas Fairless, after (in Joblings version of events) the sudden unplanned attack by the actual perpetrator, Ralph Armstrong.

Entrance to Jarrow Slake In The Port Of Tyne, Jarrow

Entrance to Jarrow Slake In The Port Of Tyne, Jarrow

It has been said by Jarrow and South Shields locals that Jobbing’s ghost is still walking around the area of “Jarrow Slake” protesting his innocence to any person or persons who may deem themselves  brave enough to stop and listen.

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