Workmen re-shaping the face of South Tyneside

Sunderland and South Shields Water Company workmen in their fibreglass shelter in November 1965.
Sunderland and South Shields Water Company workmen in their fibreglass shelter in November 1965.

From the 1960s to the 80s, we’ve images of workmen carrying out building and demolition projects across South Tyneside.

The work included brick-laying and pointing, as well as paving and digging, taking in buildings such as All Saints’ Church, in Cleadon Village, the old South Shields General Hospital and St Hilda’s Church.

Members of the South Shields Round Table at work on the children's playground which they are constructing at South Shields General Hospital in May 1963.

Members of the South Shields Round Table at work on the children's playground which they are constructing at South Shields General Hospital in May 1963.

By far the biggest project, captured by the Gazette’s photographer in 1965, was the South Shields to Newcastle dual carriageway,which spanned the Don Valley, near the Robin Hood Inn, in Jarrow. There was also quite a dismantling job going on at Harton Colliery in 1970 when the old pit headgear was being cut-up.

Perhaps the most evocative image is that of the workmen of the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company sheltering from the rain in 1965.

Cutting up the mangled wreckage of the headgear of Harton pit shafts in  August 1970.

Cutting up the mangled wreckage of the headgear of Harton pit shafts in August 1970.

Under construction, part of the Newcastle/ South Shields dual carriageway where it spans the Don Valley near the Robin Hood Inn, Jarrow in May 1966.

Under construction, part of the Newcastle/ South Shields dual carriageway where it spans the Don Valley near the Robin Hood Inn, Jarrow in May 1966.

Stonework of the new vestry nearing completion blends with the ivy-clad walls of All Saints' Church in Cleadon in March 1967.

Stonework of the new vestry nearing completion blends with the ivy-clad walls of All Saints' Church in Cleadon in March 1967.