Watch: More South Shields flashback pictures from photographer Freddie Mudditt's archives

Here is another collection of archive pictures chronicling the changing face of South Shields.

Mainly focusing on the Market Place, they don’t just concentrate on the buildings that have come and gone.

South Shields Market Place in the 1950s.

South Shields Market Place in the 1950s.

They also capture the fashions, cars and High Street names which existed between the 1950s and 1980s.

Dominating many of them, however, is the former Town Hall building which, as our recent colour picture shows, still proudly stands in the Market Place alongside 21st Century newcomers

such as The Word library and resource centre.

All the black and white pictures reproduced here appear courtesy of the family of famed South Shields photographer Freddie Mudditt.

The Market Place in the 21st Century.

The Market Place in the 21st Century.

The former police officer turned professional lensman took thousands of pictures in and around his home town under the business name Fietscher Fotos until his death at the age of 58 in


Daughter Julia Northam, 58, a post office clerk who now lives in Billingham, is currently compiling his handiwork into one vast archive and is eager for people to add to it by contacting her

via her Fietscher Fotos of South Shields and surrounding area public Facebook group.