Brian Pears - Gateshead, U.K.
Genealogical information about my own family and relations is online as are a number of my efforts relating to World War Two in the area:- Index to the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour (which covers Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire); North East Diary 1939-1945 (which I co-authored with the late Roy Ripley of Cramlington); When Bombs Fell on Rowlands Gill (which looks at the air raid of May 1st 1942); Rowlands Gill and the North-East 1939-1945 (which covers many aspects of life on the home front) and Wartime Incidents in Allenheads and Allendale.
My essay Blaydon Council’s Water Supply to the Rowlands Gill Area is already online, as is Eighty Years, the story of Rowlands Gill’s electricity supply; and in the near future I hope to add From Roller Skates to Bingo, the story of Rowlands Gill’s two cinemas; and Telephone Rowlands Gill One, the story of Rowlands Gill’s postal and telephone service. I’ve also edited and published my late father’s history of High Spen entitled High Spen and District; this is available as an e-book.
A series of articles - Our Ancestors, Conceptions, Misconceptions and a Paradox, The Ancestor Paradox Revisited and The Ancestor Paradox Yet Again - is also now available, as is Where There’s A Will… an article about the trouble that wills have caused in my family. This topic is also addressed in great detail in my paper, Greendikes - A tale of forgery and greed, which is available in PDF format (921 Kb).
Fans of murder and mystery may be interested in three articles describing murders in and around Rowland Gill. The Mystery of Doctor Robert Stirling and The High Spen Murderer were written by my late father, Thomas William Pears, and The Lintz Green Murder is by a friend, Terry Middleton, a very able local historian.
I’ve recently a added a survey of Plaques and Memorials in Gateshead Borough and my selection of Photographs taken at the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish, Co Durham is still available.
Also online is an article I wrote back in 1996 entitled Police on Medium Wave which looks at very early police communications in England and Wales.
I’ve placed numerous small collections of photographs online, mostly for the benefit of ex-pats I keep in touch with through mailing lists. These include:
A Visit to Holy Island, 28th August 2013 – A Visit to Saltwell Park, 14th August 2013 – Chillingham Castle & Wild Cattle Park – Trinity Square Open Day 10th November 2012 – Outing to Warden and Vindolanda 28th May 2012 – Fenwick’s Xmas Window Display 2011 – Family Reunion – 23rd October 2011 – Smith Family Memorabilia – Hookergate School Open Day – 21st July 2011 – Andrew & Lauren’s Wedding Reception – 15th July 2011 – A tribute to Christopher George Wheeler “Kit” Highton 1915-1944 – Mountsett Crematorium 22nd October 2010 – Demolition of the “Get Carter” Car Park at Gateshead – Fenwick’s Xmas Window Display 2009 – Geordie Afternoon at Rowlands Gill 1st October 2009 – Family History Outing 22nd September 2009 – Valerie and Ali’s Wedding 19th September 2009 – Recitals and Christmas Talk at the Shipley Art Gallery 2007 – Photographs taken at Ravensworth – Strathmore Road Road Methodist Youth Club and Church Photographs 1959-2007 – Tyneside Cinema & Restaurant at Gateshead – Red Kite over Hookergate Cemetery – Local Scenes by Tom Waters (1907-1990) – A Nostalgic Visit to Highfield School – Tall Ships’ Races on the Tyne 2005 – Newcastle Quayside 2 July 2005 – Town Moor Hoppings 2005 – Vindolanda Roman Camp 2004 – Fenwick’s Christmas Window Displays 2003 – Fenwick’s Christmas Window Displays 2004 – Some Remnants of Victorian Gateshead – Brandling Coal Drops – Launch of Local History Month 2003 – Demolition of the Union Debating Chamber at Newcastle University in 2003 – High Spen in 1977 with some old maps – Marlborough Crescent Bus Station in December 1976 – Exploration of the Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle. There is also a full index of albums and other collections.