Streets of Hebburn ~ Redhead Terrace…
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REDHEAD TERRACE: (On 1871-1901 Censuses), became Hilda Terrace on 1911 Census. |
Redhead Terrace included Patrick’s Place [Shop].
Built in or before 1871. The west half of the terrace was demolished between 1938/41.
About 1958, some of the houses on the east end of Redhead Terrace were demolished, leaving Patrick’s Place (Nellie’s shop).
Named after: Redhead family - Hebburn farmers that once worked this land.
HILDA TERRACE: Hebburn Colliery. Situated on Wagonway Road. See REDHEAD TERRACE.
PATRICK’S PLACE: Included Patrick’s shop. See REDHEAD TERRACE and HILDA TERRACE.
Barry Cram: Patrick’s Shop - known affectionately as Nellie’s, after the proprietor, Mrs Nellie Bond, nee Patrick, had double black doors, with only access through one, by pushing down a latch. This narrow door was heavy, solid and thick; and when opened, it seemed as if a person was entering a different era.
There was little floor space, only standing area for about five adults, as the two counters - one with the till to the right, and one ahead - took up most of the shop area; these counters were joined by a hatch. The high shelves on the walls were filled with wonderful things. For such a small shop, it seemed to sell any and every obscure thing: laces, fuses, plugs, fluorescent light tubes and light bulbs, etc. Whenever a customer bought a light bulb, Nellie took it out of the box and tested it in an electric socket under the counter, before putting it back into the box - how thoughtful is that?
Although the shop had a till, Nellie preferred to reckon up from left to right with pencil and paper - an ability that fascinated me.
Nellie’s husband, George, a placid man, was a very talented artist and photographer, and could often be seen, out -and-about, taking photographs of the locality – so I guess he was probably an amateur historian.
Both Nellie and George were lovely, warm people, and always had time for a chat – and Nellie had such an infectious laugh.
I, like many others, always felt so welcome when entering their shop.
Patrick’s Shop was a link to bygone times. It was the last piece of living history in the Colliery; it was part of so many of our lives, and created so many good and happy memories; many folk were saddened to see it go.
My last memories are of a sad, lonely shop, standing guard as a last bastion of hope a hope soon razed in the 1990s.
Photograph courtesy of Norman Dunn: http://www.oldtyneside.co.uk/
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God bless Nellie and George for the service they gave to our community.
In 1910: These properties (Nos.6, 7, 8 and 19 Back) were owned by Elizabeth Patrick.