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Tyne and Wear Archives Service represents Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Each of these five boroughs also have their own fascinating collections on their local communities.

Here are some archives from the Local Studies Library in South Shields

The town of South Shields is situated at the mouth of the Tyne.  Historically a martime port, it attracted industry worldwide and new communities alike from the Middle East, Europe and Asia. One of the largest Yemeni communities in the UK, settled in South Shields from the late 19th century and have made a huge contribution to the area.

During the 1960's local policeman Frank Neal often carried around a camera on his beat, capturing the cultural diversity of Shields.

The Kholadi Cafe in Laygate, South Shields in 1967

  The Kholadi Cafe in Laygate, 29th September 1967




Arab community outside Hearn Commisions Agents in Laygate 1967

  Hearn Brothers Commission Agents in Laygate, 29th Sept 1967


Mosque in Laygate South Shields

  The mosque in Laygate, 7th October 1967


The complete Frank Neal Photographic Collection is cared for by the Local Studies Library in South Shields.

This photograpgh was taken by local resident, Mr Makepeace.


Market place in South Shields

 His son, Micheal told us...

... this picture was taken sometime in the 1960's and almost certainly in 1967, as it is on the same type of slide as some that I can positively date to that year. My father was a keen photographer and originally came from Shields so no doubt just took this picture on the spur of the moment while visiting the market, he probably asked permission from the people near the market stall before taking their picture. They seem to be shopping rather than market traders themselves. I would guess the people are all residents of South Shields.



Many thanks to Christine Cain and Micheal Makepeace for kindly granting Tyne and Wear Archives permission to use these images.

Images are copyright of Frank Neal and Micheal Makepeace.