Dunston Power Station, November 1955. The east end of Scotswood Road wasn't so bad, but as the streets ran towards Vickers-Armstrong's and the west, they got steeper. Clara Street was very steep. Now it's gone, and so has the power station.
This intimate memory of Scotswood Road in Newcastle was sent in by Mark, who used the City Heritage Guide's Storymaker program to input it.
Pictures, reproduced here by kind permission of Side Gallery, are from Jimmy Forsyth's wonderful photographic record of the area, made famous in his exhibition and book, Scotswood Road. All photos and captions, Jimmy Forsyth
Mark: "I remember the Vickers factory which stretched along the length and breadth of Scotswood Road, a familiar sight as you got the bus into town from Blaydon. The blackness and bleakness of it and the odd-shaped chimneys stick in my mind."
"The smells and sights and sounds of the diesel trains which ran along the opposite side of Scotswood Road before crossing the bridge (which still stands) to Blaydon. I only remember once being on that train journey through town along Scotswood Road and across the bridge to Blaydon train station."
"I remember watching the streets of Scotswood becoming derelict and eventually being pulled down street by street and I remember vividly all those little pubs at the end of every street slowly being erased from the landscape."
"The bus eventually arrived at Malborough Crescent bus station which appeared to be a 1950/60 style building then not too disimilar to the Haymarket which has also gone now."
"I remember standing freezing cold with my mam in those long bus shelter stands looking in awe at the huge amount of buses passing through, the strong smell of diesel and the trucker type cafes on the other side of the road."
"Look at it now. The car showroom has gripped Scotswood road - BMW, Audi, Volkswagen to name a few. The railway has gone but the bridge over to Blaydon is still there. The Audi garage fills the spot where the last remaining pub - the Armstrong Hotel - once stood."
"The Centre for Life and its bars and clubs have replaced the bus station, those long long bus stands and smell of diesel. The cafes are still there albeit they have been tarted up a bit!"
"Of course it looks and feels better now but at least I can still remember the old factories, the old road, the pubs, sights sounds and smells of when I was a lad."
Gloucester Street, 1957. Ticket men, or talley men, came round the houses on Thursday nights collecting for the credit shops. People got tickets out for say twenty or thirty pounds to get themselves clothes.
Do you remember Scotswood Road? Send us your memories. Mark sent this to us using our easy-to-use Storymaker program. Do try to include your contact details!
Nick Pearson and Elsie C Thompson remember the area in their stories, The Next Train & Granny's Roots, also sent in using Storymaker.
Our thanks to Side Gallery, Newcastle, for the use of these superb photographs by one of the greats of post-war documentary photography, Jimmy Forsyth. Make sure you take the time to visit the gallery, and look at their website too, if you can't make it to the gallery.
Note: the full Forsyth collection is held by Newcastle City Libraries. Copies of Scotswood Road (Bloodaxe/Amberside, 1986 & 1988) are available from Amber.