are a number of good books on the history of Newbiggin by
the Sea, but some are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Possibly the best pictorial history books are the Newbiggin
by the Sea in Old Picture Postcards - Vols 1 & 2 edited
by William Harrison (ISBN 90 288 4886 x / CIP & 90 288
3000 6 / CIP published in conjunction with Appleby's Book
Shop, Morpeth). At present, I believe Volume 1 is out of print
- but you might be lucky and pick up a second hand copy. Volume
2 is priced £7.99, and is available from Margaret's Card Shop.
excellent book is John Robinson's Newbiggin by the Sea
- a fishing community, published by Northumberland Library
(ISBN 1 874020 00 0). A real local history book, with a focus
on the fishing community within the village. Over 100 years
of fascinating photographs. As John, born and bred in Newbiggin
by the Sea readily admits, to be able to dedicate a book to
the people that he knows so well is the realisation of a lifetime's
love for the history of the town and it's traditions. Priced
£3.95, the book is available from Amazon and other book shops.
Godfrey Maps publish an interesting Newbiggin by the Sea
Ordnance Survey map, dating from 1896 (Northumberland
Sheet 65.10 - ISBN 0 85054 550 1). Not only is this fine reproduction
of the original map, but on the reverse is a detailed account
of the life in the village in that year, including a comprehensive
list of trades and professions, and the addresses of all business
premises. Available for £3.95, along with many other
North East historical maps, from Alan Godfrey Maps, 57 Spoor
Street, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9BD.
known local writer and historian Mike Kirkup's book, Through
the Needle's Eye, takes its name from the once visible
passageway through a rocky outcrop to the south end of the
bay. Mike describes the book as a 'series of snapshots in
time, and it contains accounts of notable incidents and events
in the village's past, as well as numerous photographs and
press cuttings. Priced £5.00, available from Margaret's Card Shop.
important book, now almost impossible to find, is Newbiggin's
Democracy, published in 1913 by the pioneers of the co-operative
society. If anyone knows of other books dealing directly or
in part with the history of Newbiggin by the Sea, please contact Jason Thompson.