• 1367 The West Wood
    1367
    The West Wood
     

  • 1831 The Chain Bridge
    1831
    The Chain Bridge
     

  • 1839 The Railway
    1839
    The Railway
     

  • Lord Armstrong
    1847
    Elswick Works
     

  • 1862 The Blaydon Races Song
    1862
    The Blaydon Races Song
     

  • 1884 Elswick Shipyard
    1884
    Elswick Shipyard
     

  • 1896 The ‘Crooked Billet’
    1896
    The ‘Crooked Billet’
     

  • 1925 The Montagu View Pit Disaster
    1925
    The Montagu View Pit Disaster
     

  • 1927 Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
    1927
    Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
     

  • 1967 Scotswood Bridge
    1967
    Scotswood Bridge
     

  • 2013 A bright future for Scotswood…
    2013
    A bright future for Scotswood…
     

1862 The Blaydon Races Song

‘The Blaydon Races,’ with its story of a boozy bus trip down Newcastle’s Scotswood Road on June 9, 1862... practically defines what it means to be a Geordie.

In its chequered history the Blaydon races were held at three different locations from 1811, finally being abandoned in 1916 after a riot sparked by allegations of race fixing broke out.

However, 1915 saw the publication of the book Tyneside Songs in which The Blaydon Races was collected and a song, which had remained largely forgotten after Geordie Ridley’s death in 1864, captured the imagination of the public and was embraced as the Geordie Anthem, as it remains to this day.