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Re: Mary Thompson's address.Riverside House pic
So that just about wraps things up for Miss Mary Thompson. I was surprised and disappointed with the result because I had conjured up visions of an old stone built 'mansion' for Waterside House, much closer to the river and not the square looking, unattractive structure identified in the 1859 OS map as the Post Office. I had known about that building for long enough and was aware that Alex had lived there, but I seem to remember a conversation with him some years ago when he hadn't yet heard that part of it had served as a Post Office in the mid 19th century...but I may be wrong about this. You will see that I highlighted it on the second map (above) with no inkling that it might have once been the Pile belonging to Mary Thompson, bless her. Anyway, the building was captured on an aerial photo taken c.1936 and published on the website 'Britain from Above'. Below is a grainy enlargement showing 'Waterside Houses' (top left of centre) aka The Post Office in years gone by. The building in the foreground is the much discussed Granaries. Wagonway comes in at bottom left corner, passing The (new) Ellison Arms on its way to joining Blackett Street and on into Jarrow or you could have turned right just past the building on the right (Colliery Club) and on up High Lane Row to Black Road and the Clock. Just one question Barry, what evidence is there that Mary ran the Post Office. It seems well recorded that she was a grocer (and coal owner?) but not a postmistress. I have no doubt that you will come up with the goods.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org