Bonfire, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 1897, Shadon's Hill, Birtley
Reference No: GL004912
Celebrations for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 included a giant bonfire on Shadon's Hill

A Plug for a Pal

Edward VII's Coronation bonfire, Shadon's Hill, Birtley
Reference No: GL000653
The Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902 was also marked by a monster bonfire after a day of children's sports.

Reference No: 07_06

The image is taken from one of a number of glass plate negatives collected by W.A. Cocks of Ryton. W.A. Cocks was a keen local historian, archaeologist and an inveterate collector. He not only collected and played pipes, but also made them. He helped to produce the first ever book of plans for making Northumbrian pipes and researched extensively into the history of the pipes in the region. His collection of glass plates date from the late 1890s to the 1950s. Many of the early images were taken by J.P. Dalton, Surveyor to Ryton Urban District Council between 1898 and 1905. The plates are numbered and an annotated notebook in Cock's hand accompanies the collection from which title and date information is taken.

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