Charles Henry Lutman photographed above lived in Gosforth during the 60s and 70s. His family have a rich association with early flight, beginning with an 1899 flying machine built in a back yard and followed by early flight attempts from Newcastle Town Moor. The family went on to have a long and successful attachment to Newcastle through eighty years of trading as The Model Shop which can trace its family heritage back through three generations. In this exceptionally detailed post David Wardell follows the Lutman family from 1873 to 1995.
We are pleased to welcome a second guest post from David Wardell. This is the first of 3 posts looking at the history of the Grand Stand buildings in Gosforth.
Town Moor Execution
Jane Jameson was found guilty of murdering her mother by stabbing her in the heart with a red hot poker. Evidence given at the trial stated that she had also “destroyed ” her two illegitimate children. It was also reported that in a drunken fit, she had attempted to cut her father’s throat. The following description of her appeared in Sykes remarkable Events.
Did you know that the Newcastle Hoppings first began as a Temperance event? The rides and side shows were promoted as a distraction from the lure of alcohol. Read more in our post about the very first Newcastle Hoppings.