ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & LITERATURE

BARKAS Thomas Pallister (1819 – 1891)

ALDERMAN, AUTHOR, FATHER OF ISABELLA JANE SOUTHERN (VICTORIAN POET), INTELLECTUAL, MEMBER OF THE LIT & PHIL, SPIRITUALIST Situated in the Unconsecrated/East Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. A prominent citizen and Alderman of Newcastle, Thomas Pallister Barkas was born in the front house, above the Coach and Horses entrance, Bigg Market, Newcastle, on the 5th of […]

CHAPLIN Sid (1916 – 1986)

WRITER Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. The son of a colliery electrician and the eldest of six children, Sid Chaplin was born in Shildon, County Durham. In mining areas, it was assumed that most boys would eventually work in the local pit and, in Sid’s case, he was employed at 14 […]

CLENNEL Eliza (1810 – 1846)

AMIABLE PERSON, DAUGHTER OF LUKE CLENNEL (WOOD ENGRAVER) Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Eliza was born in 1810 in Gray’s Inn Lane, Holborn, London, the first child of Luke and Eliza Clennel nee Warren. She was the oldest of four siblings, the others being, John Luke, born in 1813, Charles Warren, […]

DARLING Julia (1956 – 2005)

POET, PLAYWRIGHT AND FICTION WRITER Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Julia’s friend, Mr Tim Dalling, informed us of the lovely person that she was and pointed us in the direction of her work and the following brief details are taken from her website. Julia Darling was one of the U.K.’s most […]

HANCOCK John (1808 – 1890)

NATURALISTS Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. At the death of naturalist Albany Hancock, in 1873, his brother John proposed the building of a fine Natural History Museum in his memory because the existing museum, tucked behind the Literary and Philosophical Society in Westgate Road for nearly 40 years, was proving too […]

LINDON – TRAVERS William Halton

CINEMA MANAGER AND FATHER OF BILL TRAVERS (ACTOR) Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. The Travers name is well known with modern day cinema goers, specifically with regards to Bill Travers, who was born in Newcastle in 1922. Bill began his acting career in 1949 and went on to star in many films, […]

MOUNTAIN nee TOLKEIN Grace (1861 – 1947)

AUNT OF J.R.R. TOLKEIN Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Born in 1861 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire and married William Charles Mountain in 1887, Grace Bindley nee Tolkein, was one of six siblings, one of whom, Arthur, was the father of J.R.R. Tolkein, the famous author of Lord of the Rings. Tolkein visited […]

REA Dr William (1827 – 1903)

TOWN ORGANIST Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. William Rea was born in London in 1827. From being young, he showed a remarkable aptitude for music and at an early stage was placed under Mr. Joseph Pitman, organist of Christ Church, Spitalfields, who was one of the first generation of English Bach […]

RICHARDSON Snr Thomas Miles (1784 – 1848)

ARTIST, FATHER OF FINE ARTS IN NEWCASTLE Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Thomas Miles Richardson Snr. was born on May 15, 1784, the eldest son of the master of St. Andrew’s Charity School, Newcastle, and as was the case with several Newcastle-born artists of his generation, his early talent for drawing […]

SOUTHERN Isabella Jane (1849 – 1912)

POET Situated in the Unconsecrated/East Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Isabella Jane Southern was the only daughter of Thomas Pallister Barkas and Isabella Barkas nee Gow. In 1876, she married James Proctor Southern and her children, Mary, was born in 1877, and William, in 1879. They lived in Granville Road, Jesmond. James worked in the […]

TWEEDY Thomas Hall (1816 – 1892)

CARVER AND GUILDER Situated in the Unconsecrated/East Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Thomas Tweedy was born in Manor Chare, within All Saints Parish, Newcastle upon Tyne and was baptised there on 7th April 1816.  His Father, also named Thomas Tweedy, was a sawyer born in Embleton, Northumberland, son of Joseph Tweedy, a farmer. His Mother was […]

WILSON Joe (1841 – 1875)

SONGWRITER AND RELUCTANT PUBLICAN Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Considered by many to have been Newcastle’s most successful songwriter, Joe Wilson focussed on working-class life and wrote over 360 songs, including well-known titles such as Keep Yor Feet Still Geordie Hinny, Sally Wheatley and Geordy Haud the Bairn. Born in 49, Stowell Street (now […]