From lion tamers to popular pubs - author Paul Perry shines light on 'Lost Jarrow' with new book

Author and historian Paul Perry takes readers on a journey through time with his latest book ‘Lost Jarrow’.

Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 4:45 pm
Paul Perry with his new book Lost Jarrow

Featuring 140 old photographs of Jarrow taken from Paul’s impressive archive, the book presents a portrait of a town and a way of life that has radically changed over the decades.

Lost Jarrow is Paul’s 23rd book showcasing the photographic history of Jarrow and will appeal to all those who live in the town or know it well – as well as those who remember it from previous decades.

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Valley View School football team from 1971.

Due to be released on Thursday, August 15, the book took Paul just four months to pull together.

Paul, from Raby Gardens, Jarrow, said: “I have enjoyed putting this latest book together.

“I have written about things that we don’t have any more.

Jarrow lion tamer John Smith Clarke.

“For instance, all of the churches – there was something like 17 churches in Jarrow at one time and now there are only three.

“And there was once 54 public houses, but now there are just six.

“It is quite important that it is all catalogued – if I’m not doing it then no one else is.

“For this book I have pulled out a load of little gems – including 73 photos that people have never seen before.”

Demolition of Station Stairs 1973.

As well as street scenes and buildings, photographs also include Jarrow characters – including a head shot and the story of a former Jarrow lion trainer, John Smith Clarke.

He was born 1885 into a circus family and after befriending a lion tamer, he became his assistant and went on to become the country’s youngest lion tamer.

Author Paul is now working towards his 24th book which will look at Jarrow in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The book is costs £14.99 and is available from major bookshops and online via

Department of National Insurance and Social Security Offices Park Road 1953.

Anyone interested in buying the book can also contact Paul directly on: 07881747507 or email: [email protected] Alternatively visit: