On Shrove Tuesday 1633, ‘an armed and unruly multitude of young men’, numbering ‘forty at the least’, assembled at Ballast Hills in Ouseburn.
Trade unionism and industrial conflict
On 28 July 1917, up to 100 people assembled in the old Town Hall opposite St Nicholas Cathedral for the first meeting of the local Workers' and Soldiers' Council to discuss the revolutionary moveme
On Saturday 17 March 1660, about five hundred Newcastle keelmen ‘assembled together in a tumultuous manner’, parking their keelboats across the arches of the old Tyne Bridge ‘to stopp the passage o
In May 1832 a major disturbance took place at Friars Goose. As mine workers refused to work underground, forty-two lead miners from Cumberland were brought in.
Crowley’s iron works were once the largest in Britain and its workers from the various works were collectively known as Crowley’s Crew.
A demonstration and meeting of working men (estimated to be 20,000) in favour of the nine hours movement was held on the Town Moor.
The keelmen strike of 1819 was given an extra edge as it occurred shortly after the massacre at 'Peterloo' in Manchester.
In October 1809 keelmen below the Newcastle bridges went on strike to demand improvements in pay. Keelmen were the workers who transferred coal in keels or barges to waiting colliers.
On the 10 May 1926 a group of striking miners from Cramlington in Northumberland removed a section of railway a few miles north of Newcastle in order to stop any further movement of trains.