Ann Street and Price Street. Many general meetings took place here, in the open air, around the Halfway Tree. The Mid Oak, as the tree was more commonly known, was really old, and was really past its best when Andrew Leslie was active in building his shipyard and houses for his workforce.
Being a danger to the growing public it had to be cut down; but space was left around the great stump, which stood for many years as a monument and general meeting place in the Hebburn Quay. It came to be known as the 'Radical Stump' [Shown on maps as ‘Javel Tree’]. The last of Leslies houses were built in Parliament Street and Church Street [between c.1900-1916], and the ‘The Radical Stump’ was at last removed to make way for those houses. See: The Half Way Tree.
In 1850, this land was known as ‘Middle Fell Field’, occupied by Ann Glover, and leased from landowner Cuthbert Ellison.
Named after: It being an official meeting place for talks on public or national affairs.
THEN & NOW: Parliament Square... replaced by Parliament Street:
PARLIAMENT STREET: The front is pedestrianised. Hemmed in by Lamport (on the west), Ann Street (on the north), Church Street (on the east), and Price Street (on the south).
44 residential homes (Nos. 1-57) - 8 built in 1900.
In 1850, this was arable land, known as Middle Hill Field, occupied by John Redhead, and leased from landowner Cuthbert Ellison.
Named after: Parliament Square. See: The Half Way Tree.
Photograph courtesy of Norman Dunn: http://www.oldtyneside.co.uk/
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