Answer January 2022

Answer January 2022

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The clue (left-hand photo) is the sign to the Billiard Place development, and is on the side wall of No 46 Priestpopple, as can be seen in context in the middle photo. 

The old Billiard Hall, to which the new development owes its name was demolished in 2017. An article in Hexham Historian 30 (2020) discusses the history and excavations of the old Billiard Hall.

The photo on the right shows the entrance in 1978 when Fewsters Motorcycles occupied No 46 and used the old Billiard Hall as a spray shop.

The right-hand photo is from the Priestpopple Gallery in the Photo Archive. Click here to see the full gallery.

We wish all of our readers a Happy New Year.

2 thoughts on “Answer January 2022

  1. My grandmother ESTHER BROWN was born in Hexham in the 1880’s. She lived at 22, Priestpopple. I believe that her family had a type of carting business.
    Any information regarding this would be very gratefully received.

    1. Apologies for the delayed response – your query seems to have ended up in an obscure corner of our website and has only just come to light! Bulmer’s directory of 1886 lists a Jane Brown, shopkeeper, in Priestpopple, and an Edward Brown, cart-owner, in Gilesgate. Interestingly, 22 Priestpopple was the address of the Low (or New) Grey Bull public house – demolished in 1883 to make way for the Royal Hotel. It is quite likely that Edward’s address is that where he kept his cart.

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