Written and compiled by me and published by Summerhill Books, Monkseaton Village Volume 1 was launched on 1st June this year and has so far proved to be a huge success, not just locally but also internationally, with positive feedback from a number of ex-pats. The book itself presents a comprehensive and in-depth written and pictorial history, outlining the early origins of the village, taking us through to the present day, with sections highlighting the old farms, fields, streets, buildings, inns and taverns etc.
Many of the chapters in the book elaborate on some of the articles which have been published here in ‘Roundabout Monkseaton’ during the past five years and are accompanied by a large number of additional photographs and images.
This book has now been complemented with Monkseaton Village Volume 2, published on 8th November, which continues the history of the village to give a further comprehensive overview of its development through to the present day.
Volume 2 extends the historical aspect, with additional sections which cover the railway, churches, schools and local crime, along with information on old established Monkseaton businesses, directories and some of its characters and people. There has already been a significant interest in this book, and demand is expected to match that of Volume 1.
Both volumes contains 96 pages and between them contain over 400 photographs, maps, illustrations and images, many of which have never been seen or published before. The books are priced at £9.99 each and are available from many local shops, booksellers and libraries. Signed or unsigned copies of both books are also available by contacting me directly by email at email@example.com.
I will also be attending a Coffee Morning at Monkseaton Methodist Church on Front Street from 10.30am – 12 noon on Saturday 1st December, where copies of these books will be available at a signing session.
Additionally, if you have internet access, don’t forget to have a look at my website at www.monkseaton.info which contains even more interesting pictures and detailed information about Monkseaton Village.
by Charlie Steel © 2012
Local historian and writer Charlie Steel has lived in Monkseaton for most of his life.
His published books include ‘Monkseaton Village Vol. 1’, ‘Monkseaton Village Vol. 2’, ‘Monkseaton & Hillheads’ and ‘Inns and Taverns of North Shields’, all of which are available from most local booksellers.