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Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 20:38



Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 20:38

From the History of Durham and Newcastle 1827

Newcastle Upon Tyne

In 1317, there was a great famine and mortality in this town, and the quick are scarcely represented to bury the dead; several under the influence of extreme hunger, are said to have eaten their own children, whilst the thieves in prison devoured the newly incarcerated and greedily eat them alive.


LollyWithSprinklez Report 20 Mar 2013 20:44

Sounds like a Daily Mail story from 1317!!

Ghastly if factual :-0


Mauatthecoast Report 20 Mar 2013 21:12

Is that what happened to me Auntie Flo? :-0 :-(


Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 21:38

You can tell what a sad person I am....My reading material for the night is a Northumberland directory :-D

Well mine weren't eaten Mau.....we were probably the ones who ate your Aunt Flo :-D

Off to dig up some more


Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 22:04

An account, which borders closely on the marvellous, of the fruitfulness of a Scotchwoman, the wife of a weaver of this town , is given in 'Sykes Local Records'. She is stated to have had by one husband no less than 62 children, who all lived to be baptised, and three or four of whom are represented as living in Newcastle in the year 1630


Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 22:25

In 1703, Elizabeth Sharper, of Sidgate, who had reached her 80th year, put an end to her existence in a fit of despair, by. tearing out her own entrails. Another horrid and more deliberate suicide was committed here in the year 1763, by Susannah Nicholson, who maimed herself in a most dreadful manner, by cutting off her breasts, lips, ears, and nose, and yet lived for some days afterwards. This suicide found its way into the French papers, and excited the commiseration of all Europe.


Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 22:33

On the 20th of September, 1759, as Mr. Cuthbert Lambert, the son of a physician, in Pilgrim-street, was riding along Sandy fordstone-lane, his mare took fright, and galloping to the bridge, suddenly bounded over the battlement, and fell over a rocky precipice of about forty-five feet to the bed of the river; providentially the young gentleman escaped with his life, having kept his seat to the bottom, he sustained a violent shock, from the effects of which, he, however, recovered in a little time. The mare died almost immediately, and on examining the spine of her back, it was discovered that all the joints had been dislocated. The place has ever since been called "Lambert's Leap ;" and the precise spot is denoted by an inscription on the coping stone of the battlement to commemorate this remarkable escape.


lollybasher Report 20 Mar 2013 22:38

Aye, we're a tough lot us lasses from the North East!!!! ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)


Mauatthecoast Report 20 Mar 2013 22:59

aye yer right there hinny......*gulps*..... :-0


Susan10146857 Report 20 Mar 2013 23:40


You go and be tough on yer own...Joins Mau with a Gulp! :-0


JustJohn Report 21 Mar 2013 08:20

THe sun has got his hat on
Hip hip hip hoooray :-D :-D :-D

Trips through thread >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


PollyinBrum Report 21 Mar 2013 10:30

62 children! She must have had multiple births. The mind boggles what it must have been like at dinner time. How could you manage to keep them, no social security then.


Mauatthecoast Report 21 Mar 2013 11:06

Big pans a broth and huge stotties :-D ;-)


GeordiePride Report 21 Mar 2013 11:33

Mau - Divvn't forget the large dumplings pet. ;-)



Susan10146857 Report 21 Mar 2013 13:19


In the great flood of 1771, the water penetrated into some cellars occupied by a dyer; a few pieces of tammies were in the kettle at the time, receiving their last process, but the operator not chusing to run the risk of destruction, by attempting to remove them, retreated with the utmost celerity.

After the torrent had subsided, the man with great anxiety visited the kettle; when, on removing the sand and mud, the pieces were found to have attained a colour beyond his most sanguine expectations.

The articles were sent to London, and gave such satisfaction that orders were forwarded for a further supply of the same shade; but the unlucky dyer, not being again assisted by the Genius of the river, failed in every subsequent attempt to produce it.


Merlin Report 21 Mar 2013 13:26

So the message is, Beware of Geordies who are Rampant,Hungry and Murderous. :-D :-D :-D


Susan10146857 Report 21 Mar 2013 13:44

You forgot suicidal Merlin :-D

Newbottle 1821

Of the 2429 families in this parish, 296 are employed chiefly in agriculture, aud 941 in trade, manufactures, or handicraft; the remaining 1192 are either engaged in professional pursuits, or are unemployed. One male and one female are returned as being upwards of 100 years of age in Newbottle township.


Merlin Report 21 Mar 2013 13:55

Very true Susan, But I always thought it was the "Newkie Brown" which did that to ease the pain. :-D :-D ;-)


GeordiePride Report 21 Mar 2013 15:05

Susan/Merlin - we still have those traits in life today and "Newkie Brown" cures everything. :-D
I lived in Newbottle for a year and the only thing that's changed since 1821, it now has a bus stop. :-D