An old photo from
Newcastle Libraries Flickr archive showing the site of now New Mills, off Barrack Road, in its industrial past… I would say early 20th century or late 19th century.
Apparently the large building behind the “cottage” is the Todd’s Nook school, which was demolished in the 1990’s after a period as an Adult Education centre.
There used to be a pub on New Mills, called The Darnell, or maybe The New Darnell? The Darnell was also demolished in the 1990s and a block of low rise 5 bedroomed flats was built.
And this one shows an actual Mill, one of the original at New Mills.
Also from Newcastle Libraries Flickr archive
In the industrial period mills like these were used to grind grain into flour and powered by either running water from rivers, or from wind , when powered by wind they would have sails, which turned in the wind and drove the wheels of the mill. Mills were also used to make many things, workers in mills made all manner of products, cloth, rope, foodstuffs, various metals, anything mass produced before electricity was widely adopted by industry.The air looks very dirty in these photos, not just because the photos are old, but because of the massive scale of the industry in the local area