A HISTORY buff was given an insight into the history of South Shields, thanks to pictures picked up for just 20p in a charity shop.
Christine Barrow, of Eldon Street, Tyne Dock, was delighted after her carer at the St Mary’s sheltered accommodation complex, passed on four framed cuttings featuring images of the town from more than 150 years ago.
The most fascinating snapshot was a picture of the graveyard at St Hilda’s Church taken back in 1863, with dozens of headstones clearly visible.
Mrs Barrow, 58, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease sufferer, said: “My carer knows that I love old black-and-white photographs, and she came in with the framed newspaper cuttings she had picked up for 20p in a second-hand shop.
“I was really interested in the picture of St Hilda’s. It shows exactly how extensive the graveyard used to be, and it makes you wonder what happened to it.
“I think it’s particularly interesting considering the modern-day plans to change the town centre and reduce the size of Market Place.
“It’s a real insight into the town’s past.”
Mrs Barrow aims to make copies of the images and place them in the foyer at her sheltered housing complex.