Jen Westcott
Jen Westcott

Time At The Bar

Many pubs of the Ouseburn and surrounding areas (this collection currently including Shieldfield) have disappeared over the years, some demolished and others repurposed. Of course there are those that remain and continue to thrive, The Cumberland, The Cluny, The Ship and The Tyne form the backbone of one of the best pub crawls to be found in the city. 


As I find more older pictures I will be adding to this collection. 

Byker Tavern

Byker Bank

Closed in 1970, since demolished 


Cumberland Arms

James Place Street

The second incarnation of this pub, the orginal building having collapsed in 1898 during renovation work. The current building dates from 1899.


Lime Street

This former flax mill designed by John Dobson and completed in 1848 operated for just 12 years before being turned into a steam powered flour mill. It became a bottling plant and warehouse for Cluny Whisky and retained that name. The cart pictured was pulled up outside the old Ouseburn Lead Works, since demolished that stood in the grounds of what is now Ouseburn Farm.

Shieldfield Inn

Shield Street, Franklin Street which the pub sat on the corner of no longer exists

Later to be called Fletchers it suffered an arson attack in 1997. The street it was on has since been demolished and flats now occupy the land. The white building in the middle ground was The Globe pub until recent years, but that too has closed and been converted into flats

Ship Inn

Stepney Bank

One of the oldest pubs in the valley, originally part of a row of terraced houses that were demolished in the 1930s. Once popular with the local abbattoir workers and now in stark contrast a vegan superfood pub.

Stepney Hotel

Corner of Shieldfield Lane and Stoddart Street

Closed in 1966, now demolished

Tyne Bar

Malings Street

Previously called the Ship Tavern but know as "The Bottom Ship", The "Top Ship" being the current Ship Inn. 

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