Following on from yesterday’s fascinating insight into the pubs of Tyne Dock, local history enthusiast Maureen Thompson today lists some of the other “watering holes” that were peppered around the area.
In conjunction with the work, as featured in The Streets of South Shields Volume 5, which was compiled by the Workers’ Education Association, I have fished out some old photos of pubs from throughout South Tyneside.
Here’s Maureen’s compilation of some of the best-known Tyne Dock “boozers”:
• The North Eastern Public House, which was at 8 Slake Terrace. Originally built as the Dock Hotel.
• The Empress Hotel, which could be found at 9 Slake Terrace. It closed on January 31, 1960.
• Burton House, whose address was 18-19 Slake Terrace. This was also known as The Green Bar.
• Queen’s Head Hotel, of 32 Slake Terrace.
• Victoria Inn, situated at 2-4 Dock Street. It was nicknamed The Monkey as the landlord apparently had one as a pet. How true this is I am not sure. (Perhaps you know the truth of the matter?)
• Shakespeare Inn, at the corner of Bede Street and Frost Street. It was nicknamed The Shakey.
• Royal Oak Inn, of 19 Hudson Street. This was a very old pub which became a British restaurant and kitchen during the Second World War.
• Golden Fleece, this pub was later converted into houses, opposite Ford Street.
“There are a number of other pubs which I found the names of,” reveals Maureen, “but I was unable to discover much information about them. A lot of history concerning these pubs has been lost along the way.”
...Unless, of course, you can shed more light on the area’s pubs and clubs.
Please get in touch with me with your memories of the pubs which left their mark on your memory.
We all have our favourites, some of which are no longer with us.
Drop me a line with your most memorable “watering holes” – the buildings, the landlords/ladies and the people who used to frequent them.