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Iron foundry Hill st/ Nile St

Post by jeff » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:39 pm

Does anyone have any photographs of Smith's iron foundry in Hill Street/ Nile Street - any era but preferably c1900 or able to refer me to a site?

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Re: Iron foundry Hill st/ Nile St

Post by Mr Smith » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:48 pm

http://www.southtynesideimages.org.uk/f ... UyOSUzQg==

http://www.southtynesideimages.org.uk/f ... ZwYWdlPTI=

I knew that foundry well, I went to school just across the road from it.
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Post by jeff » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:28 am

Thanks Mr Smith. Unfortunately the two links did not work but I got into the ST images site and found some pictures of Nile Street area. Interesting stuff in there.

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Post by Mr Smith » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:15 am

jeff wrote:Thanks Mr Smith. Unfortunately the two links did not work but I got into the ST images site and found some pictures of Nile Street area. Interesting stuff in there.

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I should have tried the links after I posted them, they don't work for me either.

If you log onto the site again and put these numbers in the search box you will see the two photos

STH0000425 and STH0001174
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Post by jeff » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:30 am

Thanks Mr Smith. Got there this time

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Post by jeff » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:12 am

Mr Smith. Can you recall whether Smith's foundry was on the right hand side or left hand side of Nile Street looking towards the river?

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Post by Mr Smith » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:35 pm

jeff wrote:Mr Smith. Can you recall whether Smith's foundry was on the right hand side or left hand side of Nile Street looking towards the river?

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On the right, it was just opposite Trinity School and was on the right hand side of Nile street viewed from Commercial Road towards the river.

another shot showing it STH0001181

That vicinity is classed as "High Shields" Nile Street ran from Commercial Road to Holborn with Smiths taking up a large part of Nile Street.
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Re: Iron foundry Hill st/ Nile St

Post by jeff » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:37 pm

Thanks once again.

One last question. When I visited that area in 2002 I took some pictures of the buildings there showing Tyne Tubes Ltd. Would that have been the site? Looking on "Google earth" a few days ago it looked as if the whole site has been cleared but maybe I was not looking at the right place.

We traced Smith & C0(South Shields)Ltd to Bridges House Imeary Street but I believe that they have since moved from there to somewhere in Northumberland.

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Post by siam sam » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:01 pm

i went to the same school smithy the main building of the school is still there, i think it is a motor business now.
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Post by Mr Smith » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:53 pm

siam sam wrote:i went to the same school smithy the main building of the school is still there, i think it is a motor business now.
That's right Sam, that's what it was last time I looked. Trinity Motors I think it was.
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Post by Mr Smith » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:09 pm

Jeff, Tyne Tubes is still there as far as I can ascertain and it is at the other end of Nile Street to where
Smiths were and it only looks like offices (not sure if they are still in use). I believe that Smiths ran the
full length of that side of Nile Street, so Tyne Tubes would have occupied some of the land after Smiths
was demolished.
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Re: Iron foundry Hill st/ Nile St

Post by jeff » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:35 pm

Thanks for all the info re Nile Street and Smiths Foundry.

My interest? Family history and trying to put together something for my sons and their children.

My wife's great grandfather George Smith started the business in about 1875 with a Mr Henderson and it was known in the early days as Smith & Henderson.

George had worked in Gateshead for Abbott & Co (engineers) and then Clark Watson and Gurney before coming to South Shields.
His son Edward took over the business in 1905 on the death of his father and then went into partnership with another Smith (no relation). There was apparently an acrimonious parting of the ways in 1928 when Edward retired from the firm.
Edward was Mayor and subsequently a Centenary Freeman of the Borough (1950).

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Re: Iron foundry Hill st/ Nile St

Post by Mr Smith » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:06 pm

None of the related to me Jeff :)
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