Grange Road is mainly a shopping area with few residential houses to the west. This photograph looks like it was taken on a wet miserable day.
When this part of Grange Road, close to the junction of Market Square and Monkton road was demolished in the 1960s some of the small traders found new premises in the town.
The likes of George Nurse pictured above relocated to High Street, a short walk, some half-mile from this location.
The picture below is what it looked like some 50+ years later. Innovative new council housing was erected a few years after the old Grange Road buildings were demolished in 1963 and replaced with Maisonette-style housing (picture below) and renovated in the 1980s. However, years later there was talk of pulling them down. It appears no one wanted to live in them because the houses had been built with interconnecting walkways that no longer appealed to council house tenants.
Today 2020 has seen a big change in the area. The demolition of the maisonette housing has been replaced by 21st-century quality town housing With almost immediate access (a few minute’s walk) to Jarrow Shopping Center.
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