When your eldest daughter (who is a Classics undergraduate) mentions something about being excited to be going to an amphitheatre and seeing Arbeia, your first thoughts are that she is planning to do some field work at the end of term in Roman South Shields. I say first thoughts, because that word "excited" should really … Continue reading Are you experienced?*
A little inland from Whitburn lies another village on Sunderland's northern fringes; the village of Cleadon, whose name, like the Buckinghamshire mansion Cliveden, points to its location amongst cliffs. In Bucks those cliffs have been cut by the nearby Thames, in South Tyneside the name refers to Cleadon Hills, a limestone ridge dividing Wearside and … Continue reading In Them Thar Hills
To the native Celts it was Caer Urfa. When the Roman's sought to fortify the mouth of the Tyne with a fort, they called it Arbeia ("place of the Arabs"), a name which could have been reapplied in the 19th Century when a Yemeni community was established there. To us it's South Shields. Or just … Continue reading Welcome to McElderry Country?