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Jarrow: Bede Burn Road

This view of Bede Burn road was taken back in the 1950s, I am not too sure what part of the ’50s, and is about half a mile, as the crow flies, from the town center. In the distance can be seen the steeple of Christ Church which stands in Grange Road West, offset to the left of the town’s shopping center (as viewed).

Bede Burn Road 1950 / 1960

The old-style double-decker bus I believe. made by British Leyland and was in production from around 1945 to 1969 being replaced by better single and double-decker buses that no longer smell of diesel fumes. I wonder how many people remember the old Reavley’s pop wagons.

If you compare the photograph below to the one from the 50s you will see very little has changed. However, there have been one or two changes such as the shop front with the shop’s entrance to the side of the building opposite the L & N Store being made into a house, the L & N Store in the above photo no longer there, the properties behind the L & N Store were turned into single apartments. The L & N Store itself was found to be structurally insecure and accordingly demolished in the ’60s after the store had ceased trading. The plot of land it stood on was planted with shrubs.

Bede Burn Road (present-day 2021 / 24)

To the front of this here-and-now view, you can see part of the one-way system introduced in the early 1970s.