You did a great job of solving this puzzle.
As we can see, the mystery photograph was taken from the NEM crane Wallsend (directly over the water from Hebburn), looking down towards the old Jarrow staithes near Palmers/Jarrow Metals:
Sitting in between the staithes (yellow dot on map), can be seen some buildings… I am pretty certain that these are the remains of Springwell Cottages:
Springwell Cottages: The area has altered considerably over the decades, so I’ve added a red line and a ghost-over to point out some changes:
On the following 1918 photograph note the Lead Works with many rows of little windows at the top near the roof. If you check with the 1937 photograph, at the top of this post you will see that the windows match, which gives us the exact location of the photograph.
Two images blended together to give a smoother view.
The windows in the 1918 and 1937 images match, proving it is the same building.
On this 1918 photograph we can see the 2 mystery buildings on the right:
And, if we zoom in on the 2 buildings, we can see that they are in the Quality Row side of the coal line. Quality Row and the Riverside properties were separated by the Hebburn Colliery Railway. Behind the two properties - as Don correctly pointed out - were the Riverside properties:
Riverside Properties: Built before 1862. Gone between 1973-79.
Originally, the riverside properties consisted of The Ellison Arms, Riverside House (Hebburn Villa), Riverside Cottages and Granary House with its stables and workshops below. These properties were all hemmed in on the north by open fields and the River Tyne, and on the east, south and west by wagonways from the ‘A’ and ‘C’ pits.
Wagonway Road was originally a wagon way that carried wagons on rails to-and-fro between Hebburn ‘A’ and ‘C’ Pits.
Whereas the present roundabout forms an almost perfect crossroads (the north arm going north up Windmill Way), the former road had a staggered crossroads, the north arm ran up through the corner of where the present Clarendon NHS building sits today - about 80 feet to the left of and running almost parallel with the present, new Windmill Way.
The following 1895 Map shows the all the buildings for the Riverside properties and Quality Row:
The original Ellison Arms Public House was on the 1918 photograph, and was completely destroyed by fire in May 1920. The Colliery Social Club: Working Men’s Club: Opened 1907 - bordered on the north by Wagonway Road, the east by High Lane Row, and the south by Witton Road, where the vehicle access is today. The club was refurbished after a fire, in 1917. In 1971, the present Colliery Club was rebuilt behind the old club and has just been demolish - July 2016.
Don, I’m pretty sure I remember mention that the roof burned off the original colliery club… if so, that might explain the different shaped roof. This pic shows The Colliery Club and The Granary face to face:
High Lane Row
Post Office: Occupier: Henry Hall: Grocer & Sub Postmaster. Born Scotland.
[ALEX BAKER: “This P. O. was replaced by the Colliery Club; next door on the corner of Witton Road, was Charlie Gleghorn, the Barber, and right on the junction with Wagonway Road, the Coal Yard; the coal being brought by rail almost right up to the back of the yard, to the weighing bridge. In 1971, the present Colliery Club was built behind the old club, and has just been demolished: July 2016.”]
Don, number 10 on your map will likely be the coal yard, as it had to be large enough to accept coal wagons. By the way, you definitely know you stuff.
The perspective on old photographs is often out, and buildings often look either nearer or further away than they really are; Don, with that in mind, I wonder if building No.7 on your list might have been part of the properties on the same plot of land as The Ellison Arms, in red on the map below:
Don, the house and lady we researched recently, was The Post Office, which was run by Grocer, Postmistress, Mary Thompson.
In 1858 Mary was shown as a Grocer and Postmistress. The very large house in which Mary lived (red circle on map), included her Grocery Shop and the P.O. on the ground floor, and was so close to the river, that it was called Waterside House or Riverside House, depending on which era you lived in; after Mary’s day it became a Post Office, and was later made into several properties. In the book, ‘The Streets of Hebburn’, Alex Baker has given a good description of the properties in his day: … From the original Ellison Arms Public House. The cinder path travelled eastward almost horizontally, probably 80 feet to Riverside House (formerly ‘Hebburn Villa’, the Post Office in the 1880s, until it moved to the corner of High Lane Row 1890s).
“Riverside House was situated just beside the overhead conveyor belt gallery, and contained three separate addresses:
1: At no.9 (Riverside House - a classy dwelling), was Jack Murray, a retired Policeman; it was a self-contained, 7 or 8-roomed house, with a pantry, coalhouse,
scullery/kitchen, living room, to the hallway and front door.
Left hand side of hallway were 2 large rooms.
Right hand side of hallway was bathroom, toilet and a small dressing room.
The bathroom was huge. Upstairs were 3, possibly 4 large rooms.
2: At no.10 (Riverside Cottages), was Mr & Mrs Alexander Baker (maintenance, Jarrow Staith). It consisted of 4 rooms on the upper level.
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