About five classes had their dinners there in a spacious dinner hall, long enough to hold about four tables wide and twenty tables deep; Mrs Murphy was in charge of the dinner ladies); Usway Street: (on our right we have Miles Druce, iron, steel and zinc stockholders - Est. 1962 - acquired from Jackson Harding - once allotments, with an aviary containing hundreds of budgerigars); Dumhope Street and then passed the Wooden Bridge at Campbell Street: (on our right we have Walter List’s yard with his red wagons; and behind that, the allotment gardens with their rows of greenhouses); and carrying on down passed the gable ends of Blindburn Street, Bygate Nursery on Bygate Street; Makendon Street, and then we come to St. Aloysius RC Infant School, behind which, on our right, stood Thubron’s Creosoting Yard, Timber Yard and Saw Mills, formerly occupied by the old Brick Works. Then we leave Ropery Lane, via the back lane of Makendon Street, and out onto Argyle Street.
Named after: It being the lane leading to the Ropery Works.
1914: Commercial Properties:
Frazer Robert & Sons Ltd. oil & grease manufactures’, &c. [Greaseworks.]
Hebburn Rope & Sail Works Co. Limited.
Newcastle Electric Supply Co. Limited, Sub-Power Station (George E. Weller D, Engineer).
Hebburn Rope Works, Ropery Lane, 1900s ~ Mrs Scanlon, centre:
Powerhouse: Holystone Street ~ Ropery Lane: Names include: Michael Knox. A. McKenna. Ken Taylor. Reg Park. Joe Cram and Bill Masson. Weightlifters, visited by British bodybuilder and film star, Reg Park (1928-2007), best known for playing the part of Hercules:
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