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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Turning back the clock - Old Prudhoe

THESE picture postcard images give us a window on life in Prudhoe in bygone times.

Kept safe since the 1960s by Riding Mill shopkeeper, Bobby Turner, the pictures have been brought out of hiding more than 100 years after many of them were taken.

After being used as toys by the children of Mr and Mrs Robson, the then agents for the Duke of Northumberland in Prudhoe, the postcards were given to Bobby to ensure they were looked after.

The black and white images depict a stark contrast between the moving sight of soldiers lining the platform of old Prudhoe railway station, off to fight for King and country in the First World War, alongside one of the town’s young football teams in 1909.

And pupils in lessons at St Matthew’s Catholic School appear almost as regimented as the soldiers off to war, as they sit backs rigid with eyes right for the picture.

The town’s streets have changed immensely and churches have come and gone. One example is St John’s Methodist Church, which once stood on the site of the former Kwik Save store, which is now home to the Original Factory Shop.

The old Palace Cinema was on the site now occupied by the CIU social club.

Have your say

DO you have any old publications or cuttings ANYTHING about Acomb village football club in the 60s. I would love in my old age relive my days playing there and my nights in the QUEENS HEAD.

Posted by TOM HODGSON on 20 October 2012 at 21:39

Do you have any information on the old swimming baths from the 1970s
Thank you

Posted by Miss Matilda May Champion on 23 May 2012 at 18:29

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