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Royal Assembly, South Shields

The Royal Assembly (or Pavillion)

I’ve just ran into this picture tonight, and back when I made this post in South Shields Daily Photo I could have done with it, big time! There is a copy of this print in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in Ocean Road and it depicts the Royal Assembly (or Pavillion) in Stanhope Street opposite Yates Bar.

South Shields readers will be aware that the building has lived under various guises over the years but in 1891 it was a fashionable dance hall and concert hall where young beaus would vie for the attention of the ladies during spring and summer afternoons.  As you can see from the illustration there was a platform for the musicians and the interior must have been quite as grand as it’s exterior (which is hidden by an awful lot of paint these days). Since then of course, it served for many years as the Gaumont Cinema, before being transformed into various night clubs/discos/bars such as The Venue, Masons, Coyote Wild, and The Vibe.

Bit of a shame that much of that interior has probably been destroyed, and I don’t know if it fell victim to any of the bombs that fell on the town during WWll.

It’s nice to be able to share a picture such as this and I guess a lot of people in the town may well be unaware of it’s history.

By the way if you like perusing pictures of South Shields and the north of England there are now over 1000 available to see in South Shields Daily Photo, do take a look (and drop the odd comment if you wish) – it helps me find the inspiration and interest to keep getting the camera out!

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Written by curly

June 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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