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I have attached a photo of the Anvil Inn.  My Great Great Grandfather, William Johnstone was the landlord  there 1901 for a few years.  Does any one any more photos or information about this Inn? the man in the photo could be my grandfather, died 1917 WW1



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Don't think I have seen any info on The Anvil Inn but there is a member @John Dawson that might. John doesn't visit this site a lot these days he runs a Facebook group  - Sixtownships History group 


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@Rigger - just searched the Sixtownships History Group site and this photo that shows The Anvil Inn was posted by John back in 2015. A comment from John says he has some more info but I can't find a subsequent posting on the site with additional info :- 

Lee Routledge Is that what then became the Queens head? Would love to see a detailed map or something of the layout of the old Guidepost compared to how it is now.
John Dawson
John DawsonGroup admin Yes it was Lee. Will post the full story of the Queens, Anvil Inn, and the Bedlington Terrier as there is a connection. Sadly they are in the history books. We'll mine, and will be left for future generations along with my other archives.
Clair Louise Todd
Clair Louise Todd I have brought some of it back to the area, I bought some of the stone from the demolition and am using it to finish the renovation of my house in cambois. The rest of it is in a big heap at a reclamation yard in Blaydon 1f641.png:(

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Queens Head, Guide Post after conversion from the Anvil Inn...
The old Queends was demolished and with the Anvill standing empty it was decided to rename it and alter the building and call it the Queens Head...

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Joe Lawson (Holding Horses Head.Outside Queens Head, Guide Post

The Queens Head, Guide Post, was situated where the roundabout is today. It was demolished to make way for the roundabout. The man holding the horses head is Joe Lawson who was a master mason, and responsible with the help of others of the building of Storey's Buildings, Choppington, and many other streets in our locality. Joe Lawson was also responsible for the building of the High Main Stables in the Bothal Pit, and also assisted in the building of the first Stakeford Bridge in 1909.
It is also interesting to note that at the end of a Lodge Meeting of the West Sleekburn miners at the Lord Barrington Inn, Stakeford, on October 15th, 1890, the chairman, Mr. James Hunter, referred to the desirability of having a bridge built over the river at Stakeford.
The first meeting was held at the Grand Hotel, Ashington, and the first committee formed comprised, James Hunter, William Tait (secretary) R. Lowther, M. Ferguson, W. Simpson, A. Cummings, J. Snowdon, P. Shaw, J. Ord, A. Hunter and E. Young, all from West Sleekburn and Stakeford. North Seaton was represented by Mr. Wheatley (ferryman) J. Johnson, G. Johnson, Mr. Young, A. Black and W. Trotter. From Cambois, J. McAllister, D. Wilkinson, T. Round and T. Agnew.
Bedlington were represented by Andrew Fairbairn, H. Sadler, J. Cramer, John Cain, Mr. Eddington, Mr. Laws, and Mr. Moralee. Mr. Ralph Young was the only person to represent Newbiggin.
It was on September 11th, 1909, that the bridge was finally opened. To commemorate the event, a bronze tablet was fixed to the eastern side of the bridge which bore the inscription: Stakeford Bridge, opened September 11th, 1909. Committee: John Bell, William Collins, James Cowan, John Craigs, John Cramer, Peter Dickinson, Alderman Andrew McHugh, Robert Nicholson, Ralph Rutherford, Henry Sadler, James Strong, William Tait, John Wilkinson, John Willis, Herbert Wilson, E. Charlton, engineers D. Balfour & Sons, contractors Brim & Co.
When the ceremony was completed the company went to the North Seaton Hotel where tea was served.

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Queens Head 2009 - Google street view :-


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Once-popular local Guidepost pub the Queen's Head is flattened

Sadness at the demolition of the former Queen's Head pub at Guidepost, with plans in for a convenience store in its place - 14:25, 30 SEP 2014



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Google Street view - 2016 Nisa

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