Film ID:
NEFA 20961

RIVER TYNE FROM DUNSTON TO NORTH SHIELDS

c.1965

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Description

An amateur film showing views along the Tyne from Dunston in Gateshead to North Shields filmed from locations on both sides of the river. The film includes footage of both the rivers Derwent and Team as well as views of Dunston B Power Station in Gateshead and Vickers-Armstrong factory in Scotswood. The film also features footage of both urban decay and modern housing development especially along Scotswood Road and a ferry journey from Newcastle to North Shields.

The film opens on a meadow with the Dunston B Power Station in the distance. A Volkswagen Beetle is parked on a grassy hillside overlooking a complex of building. A series of farm buildings are built on the hillside behind the complex. In between them is an electricity pylon.

General view of the Derwenthaugh Staithes and the Vickers Armstrong factory across the river in Scotswood. The camera pans downstream to show the mouth of the river Derwent.

A cargo train travels across the Derwenthaugh Railway Bridge. A second train passes along another railway line down an embankment. A number of wagons are parked in a line between the two railway lines.

General view looking down the river Derwent showing a quayside on one side and a building on the other. Further along more buildings are built along both shores.

General views of the Derwenthaugh Railway Bridge crossing the river Derwent.

Looking upstream from the river Derwent is the Vickers Armstrong factory and the Derwenthaugh Staithes. The Scotswood Chain Bridge can be seen in the distance.

General view of a factory yard with rail tracks leading into it.

A railway signal box stands beside a series of rail tracks leading towards the Dunston B Power Station. A man stands beside the railway line in front of the signal box.

Electricity pylons lead down a hillside through a meadow. There are views along the Tyne Valley showing the Dunston B Power Station in the near distance. General views of the surrounding Tyne Valley from as seen from a field.

General view of a woodland path. A man on a motorbike stands at the top of the path near a road as a tractor drives past.

General view of houses in a new development overlooking an urban area.

A road beside the river leads towards the Dunston B Power Station. A pile of scrap metal stands beside it.

General view looking upstream shows the Dunston B Power Station and a cargo ship is moored in the middle of river. The camera pans downstream to show two Royal Navy ships moored alongside the Vickers Armstrong factory. Two additional cargo ships are moored in the river across from the CWS Flour Mill. There are also views of the quayside beside the mill.

Two wooden barges are moored alongside a wooden jetty.

A number of high rise flats in Newcastle can be seen from a piece of derelict ground.

A metal bridge crosses the River Team which is at low tide.

General view of five high rise flats across the river in Newcastle as seen from derelict land beside the Dunston Staithes. There are views around the staiths.

The film cuts to the roof of The Sycamores high rise flat at Cruddas Park. There are views across to The Willow and The Beeches high rise blocks and St Stephen's Church. The camera follows the river downstream past the Vickers-Armstrong factory along Scotswood Road and the Elswick lead works. Across the river can be seen the CWS Flour Mill and the Dunston Staith. Looking east from The Sycamores is a new housing development with designed pathways surrounded by traditional streets.

Two conveyors criss-cross between two factories. Makeshift allotment sheds are built on a piece of land beside the Elswick lead works; the tower in the background. General view of an empty Newcastle quayside across from the Dunston Staithes

Oil drums are laid on the Newcastle bank of the river. General views of a Derwenthaugh Staithes and the Dunston B Power Station on the Gateshead side of the river.

Dock leaves grow out of a piece of earth. General view of a wooden jetty with the Redheugh Bridge in the background. A road goes underneath another bridge towards Redheugh Bridge.

Two vans travel in opposite directions along a terraced street with the river Tyne in the background.

Traffic travels across the Redheugh Bridge into Gateshead. A steam train pulling wagons crosses the King Edward VII Bridge into Newcastle.

General view of Gateshead looking upstream showing the Dunston Staithe and the Elswick lead works and tower on the Newcastle side of the river.

A general view of terraced housing and derelict land as seen from a hillside overlooking the Redheugh Bridge. A number of industrial buildings are built along the Gateshead shoreline and the Tyne Bridge is seen in the distance.

A tree grows between two buildings underneath the High Level Bridge.

A cargo and three Royal Navy ships are all moored along the Newcastle Quayside near to the Tyne Bridge. Another cargo ship is moored along the Gateshead quayside with the Joseph Rank flour mill in the near distance.

General view of the High Level Bridge as seen from the Swing Bridge. Looking towards Newcastle, traffic moves along Bridge Street; the Castle above in the background.   

General view of a Royal Naval ship and submarine moored along the Newcastle Quayside.

The passenger ferry “Kronprins Frederik” is moored along the Newcastle Quayside. The DFDS gangway is pull away and the tugboat “Maximus” turns the ship on the river in front of the Joseph Rank flour mill.

“The Tyne Queen” of the Mid Tyne Ferry Company pulls alongside Newcastle Quayside. A party of school children climbs aboard.  A view of the Tyne, Swing and High Level Bridges as the ferry pulls away from the quayside.

General view of debris in the water as the ferry journeys downstream. Steam comes out from a vent on the side of the Joseph Rank flour mill.

A young boy leans over the railings of the ferry as it passes a warehouse on the Gateshead side of the river.

General view looking downstream of various berths along the Newcastle quayside including that of the Spillers Tyne Mill.

General views of small buildings and quaysides along Gateshead side of the river.

The camera pans downstream to show both The Cement Marketing Company Ltd on the Gateshead side of the river and Spillers Tyne Mill on the other in the near distance.

The ferry passes the mouth of the river Ouseburn as it enters the Tyne. General view of the Cement Marketing Company Ltd factory as the ferry passes. A large crane stands on the quayside.

A Cairn Line cargo ship is moored along the quayside at Spillers Tyne Mill. Two tugboats are alongside it ready to take the ship away to sea. A number of other small cargo ships are also moored along the quayside.

The cargo ship “Granjepolder” is moored along a Newcastle quayside. A coaster and another cargo ship are moored beside two other quaysides.

 A fire burns at the end of a Newcastle quayside. On the hill behind it is a black building with the name Hawthorne Leslie written across the side.

General view of three large warehouses built on the Newcastle side of the river Tyne.

Low angle shot shows terraced houses and small apartment buildings built on top of Ropery Banks, Newcastle. The camera pans across to the Gateshead riverbank and shows a derelict quayside with warehouses. Two young boys look at the quayside from the railings of the ferry as it passes T. Mitchison’s ship repair yard at Friar’s Goose, Gateshead.

General view of a ballast hill and the factory of International Paint at Felling in the near distance.

Low angle shots of four high rise buildings and terraced houses on top of Ropery Banks.

Five small boats are beached along the riverbank just below a small hut. Merlay Hall or St Anthony’s House high rise building in Walker can be seen in the background.

General view of the International Paint factory as the ferry passes nearby. Water churns as the ferry passing along the river.

General view of a building along the Pelaw riverbank with a grassy hill behind it. The camera pans across toward Walker to show a grassy ballast hill with and two chimneys behind it. Low angle view of Merlay Hall or St Anthonys House at Walker.

General view downstream shows a factory with three chimneys and tower cranes at Vickers Armstrong naval shipyards at High Walker.   

Two young men pull themselves onto a river wall that is underneath an allotment. A small boat is beached onto a sandbank. A small fishing boat is moored along the river wall.  A second is in a slipway.

A large radar dish stands near to a factory; possibly A. Reyrolle and Company at Hebburn.

Low angle shot of four oil storage tankers.

General views of the Vicker-Armstrong naval shipyard at High Walker showing a number of large tower cranes and a ship under construction on a slipway. A Royal Naval vessel is moored along a quayside for fitting out. In front of it is another large crane with a small crane built on top known as “David and Goliath”.

A Royal Navy destroyers and a Canadian Pacific cargo ship are moored alongside two separate quaysides. The camera pans towards a bend in the river and shows tower cranes at both the Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson and Hawthorn Leslie and Company shipyards in the near distance.

General views of a white roofed building surrounded by ballast hills on the Gatehead side of the river. The tugboat “Maximus” travels upstream past a cargo ship moored in the river.

In the distance a Mid Tyne Ferry crosses between Wallsend and Hebburn.

The tanker “Sir Winston Churchill” is moored along the quayside of Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Wallsend for fitting out.

General view of tower cranes at Hawthorn Leslie and Company at Hebburn.

General views of ships and empty berths at Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson. Large cranes dominate the skyline and a cargo ship is moored along another quayside for fitted out.

The ferry passes the bow of the tanker “Olna” which is on the slipway at Hawthorn Leslie and Company at Hebburn. A flag for the Admiralty flies from a mast and workers look down from the ship. A second BP tanker is in another slipway; nearby is a crane with a sign on it that reads “Palmers”. 

A tanker in moored in the river while another is moored along the quayside of the North East Marine Engineering Company Ltd ship repair yards

A small collier is loaded with coal at the Jarrow staith.

The Titan II crane is moored in the river and smoke comes out of a chimney on the Wallsend side of the river.

General views showing various factories and building along both sides of the river. A cargo ship is moored in the river.

General view of a column guided gas holder.

Two steam hoppers and a dredger are moored together in the maintenance yard for the Tyne Improvement Commission.

A building along the river has the name “Gregson & Co. Ltd” stencilled on the roof. The boat travels underneath an electronic pylon.

General views of mudflats at Jarrow Slake. In the distance can be seen a number of large buildings and  cranes lining a quayside. Seagulls fly around debris on the water.

General views of cranes and building lining both banks. A number of ships are moored in the river.

The tugboat “Roughsider” travels upstream passed a cargo vessel moored on the river. In the distance can be seen the Bergen Line terminal building at North Shields.

A man in a small boat with outboard engine is also travelling downstream.

Two large cargo ships are moored at Smith's Dock Company at North Shields. The propeller of one of the ships is churning the water as it carries out engine trials.

Another steam ferry pulls away from the North Shields ferry terminal. A crowd of passengers wait on the quayside.

General views of North Shields riverbank including the North Shields Fish Quay as well as the Old High Light and New Low Light lighthouses. Two men fish from a small boat. Anglers fish from Groyne Pier at South Shields.

High angle shot of the Royal Navy destroyer and Canadian Pacific cargo ship moored alongside the quayside at Vicker-Armstrong at High Walker. The film ends with various general views of derelict land and buildings around the river across from Vicker-Armstrong.