A BOOK about an inspirational South Tynesider is raising cash for the community – more than a century after his death.
Hugh Adam was clerk of works for the old Jarrow Board School in Victorian times, supervising the building of Jarrow Central School and Hebburn Quay School.
He was also a leading light in Jarrow Baptist Church, a Sunday School superintendent, lay preacher, choirmaster and teacher.
Sadly, Mr Adam died at the age of just 51, in 1900, but his life inspired a stained glass window, which was originally part of Jarrow Central School.
Now the window takes pride of place at Hedley Community Hall in Argyle Street, Hebburn, where it inspired local genealogist Margaret McDonald to research and produce a booklet about the inspirational Victorian.
Now the booklet is being sold to boost the coffers of the community hall.
Mrs McDonald, 75, of Hebburn, said: “I’m founder member of the Hebburn Family History Group, which meets at Hebburn Community Association every Thursday evening.
“When I saw the window, I noticed it was dedicated to someone called Hugh Adam, but I knew nothing about him. I later searched through newspaper archives at places like South Shields Central Library, and put together details about Hugh Adam’s life.
“He was really an amazing man, who was involved in so many aspects of life in Jarrow and Hebburn.
“I’m selling my book for £4 a time to raise money for the community hall and have sold about 70 copies so far.”
Derick Popay, 73, a member of the hall committee, installed the memorial window, which was originally rescued from Jarrow Central School, before its demolition, by Bill Porteous, headmaster of the former Jarrow Grammar School.
He said: “Margaret’s a great lass and was inspired by the story of Hugh Adam to write her booklet.
“She used newspaper cuttings and other material to put the story together of Hugh Adam, who inspired the window.”
The booklet is called Who was Hugh Adam? The Story Behind Jarrow Central School’s Stained Glass Window.
It is available from South Shields Central Library in Prince Georg Square, and Bede’s World in Church Bank, Jarrow, priced at £4.