Blue plaques

Commemorative Plaques, commonly known as 'Blue Plaques' (even though they don't have to be blue), recognise the importance of a person or building to the history and heritage of South Tyneside.

There are numerous plaques located across the Borough commemorating people and organisations such as:

  • Elinor Brent-Dyer, a successful novelist during the 1920's from Westoe Village
  • John Simpson Kirkpatrick, 'the man with the donkey' who saved many lives through his selfless actions during World War One. There is a Commemorative Plaque at Littlehaven where he worked giving donkey rides to beach visitors
  • South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade has a Blue Plaque on the Watch House demonstrating the organisation's important role in the last 150 years and the service given by its members

Find out more about Blue Plaques in South Tyneside.