Cullercoats History Page

This page is being developed to show the richness and great history of the village of Cullercoats. If you have a page to link to, please let us know,as it is important that the full diversity of the past is made available to all to read and enjoy. As a Community web-site, this is extended to all wherever in the world you may be. Historians,ordinary folk and local students alike are invited to contribute. e-mail us !

New : -Why Winslow Homer came to Cullercoats Solving the 'Mystery' - Read Here
Cullercoats features on BBC Radio 4 the 17th November 2014 at 4pm - ' Winslow Homers Odyssey'
Cullercoats Volunteer Life Brigade 1864 - 1923
Remembering the forgotten history of the second Volunteer Life Brigade formed in 'Her Majesties Dominions'.
Read more here - [this is a work in progress].
NEW... Take a virtual walk through old Cullercoats using old photographs...
this is being developed, so more places added in the near future.
Browns Buildings, Nancy's Yard, 'Sparrow Hall', Bank Top
-images used are out of copyright (now in the public domain) -site update: 26.02.08
Winslow Homer Centenary Event
Cullercoats Watch House,
29th September 2010, 10am - 4pm.
The 29th September marks the centenary of Homer's death and North Tyneside Council
are holding an event to celebrate his time in Cullercoats.
Download the programme here.(pdf) - free pdf reader here
Watch Cullercoats on BBC Coast Series 4..... (September 1st 2009), BBC 2
[and now on DVD] Filmed August 2008

Useful quick links: John Charlton Winslow Homer History of Cullercoats Through Art
The Changing Face of Cullercoats 1820 - 1900 - 1955 The gradual growth of the village. (inc maps)
The Hudleston Arms Click Here Photographs 1875, 1880, 1897.
12 Bank Top Click Here The location of the studio used by Winslow Homer 1881 - 1882.
Have a look.......Cullercoats 1851 Census.... Click Here to download (21kb)
Map of Cullercoats Village and district circa 1865 Click Here

Local History web-sites

Frank Gillings - Stunning collection of local photos, and has a very good local history section on Cullercoats and the coast

Tynetown Growing collection of period photographs from Cullercoats,Whitley Bay, North Shields and Wallsend. Well worth a look.
History of Cullercoats Through Art
Many famous artists have painted in Cullercoats....... Click here... and find out more about them... view their work.
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was a self-taught American painter, considered a master of watercolors. Homer began as an illustrator and chronicled the Civil War for Harper's Weekly. Following the war he concentrated on light subjects and pastoral scenes. After a stay in the English fishing village of Cullercoats in 1881-82, his pictures became more dramatic and began to emphasize marine subjects. He is now considered one of the great painters of the sea.
Click Here and see the NEW virtual tour of his stay.

** Good Book to get.....Winslow Homer in England by Tony Harrison (2004) - (US) or (UK) publishers
Between the 21st and the 24th March 2008, a team of archaeologists from the Newcastle University School of Historical Studies,carried out a dig on the site of 12 Bank Top, Cullercoats. View the photos Day1 Day2 Day3 Day4
This is where Winslow Homer had his studio. It was here that Homer painted many of his great works.
Robert Jobling (1841 - 1923)
Robert Jobling was a former shipyard-worker who at the age of 27 became a full time artist. He had started exhibiting his paintings when he was 25, but it took a further two years to become well enough established. Later he moved to Whitley, very close to Cullercoats the place that featured in a great number of his paintings.
Cullercoats - Short History submitted by Morag Horseman Click Here
The American Army in Cullercoats during WWll...The primary history of the 225th AAA Searchlight Battalion (Semimobile) was prepared in 1945 following the cessation of hostilities. The history follows the battalion from its date of activation, through an icy winter at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois; a hot, wet summer in the swamps of Pender County, North Carolina; six months in England; and plenty of action from D+12 through V-E Day in its march across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and deep into Germany with the Allied armies. No other searchlight battalion and few other combat organizations can claim a record the equal of the 225th. The battalion was dispersed across as many as three countries at one time as it fought its way into Germany, and, on occasion, saw combat from the First and Ninth Army areas in the north, through the Third Army area, and into the Seventh Army area to the south. Cullercoats page
North East links
Sir James Knott
Click here for A talk on The Knott Family of Close given by Mr John Dobson in the Knott Memorial Hall, Heddon on the Wall, on the 24th of February 2001