Wearside Echoes: More mystery pictures from our archives

A mystery man making models of ships in April 1942. Who was he?
A mystery man making models of ships in April 1942. Who was he?
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WEARSIDE Echoes readers are invited to take a step back in time – and help solve the riddles behind this collection of vintage mystery snaps.

Mowbray Park cannon, a galleon ship model maker and a gas-fueled bus are among the photographs featured.

Gas-powered lorry pictured in March 1940  - is this at the Wheatsheaf?

Gas-powered lorry pictured in March 1940 - is this at the Wheatsheaf?

A snowy Winter Gardens, the demolition of Holey Rock, a Greek destroyer and Grindon Hall Hospital are included too.

“This is the latest batch I’ve scanned from our old glass plates, most of which haven’t seen the light of day for years,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“Sadly, as usual, only a few have any relevant details attached.

“If anyone can help with names, dates or places I’d like to add the details to our archive.”

People gathered around the canon at Mowbray Park in July 1940 - but why?

People gathered around the canon at Mowbray Park in July 1940 - but why?

Among today’s collection is a photo of mystery children trying on gas masks at Commercial Road School in 1938 - which needs names to be put to faces.

Also featured are shots of Grindon Hall Hospital, Greenwells Dock and Sunderland Winter Gardens – which all need dates.

One of the few photos which needs little extra explanation is the demolition of Holey Rock in 1936 – as the outcrop had to be removed after it became dangerous.

“I would guess that most of the street scenes were taken during the 1930s or 1940s, but I’d very much like to find out exact dates for them,” said Susan.

Havelock Theatre Corner - can you provide a date?

Havelock Theatre Corner - can you provide a date?

“I’d also like to put a name to the mystery galleon model maker, who seems to be doing a marvellous job. I’m sure someone, somewhere, knows who he is.”

l Do you have information to share on any of the images? Email susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk.

Mackie's Corner - can you provide a date?

Mackie's Corner - can you provide a date?

The Winter Gardens in Mowbrary Park, possibly during the harsh winter of 1941.

The Winter Gardens in Mowbrary Park, possibly during the harsh winter of 1941.

A Greek destroyer visiting Sunderland during the war - date not known, nor name of ship.

A Greek destroyer visiting Sunderland during the war - date not known, nor name of ship.

Greek Week in Sunderland in October 1942.

Greek Week in Sunderland in October 1942.

The demolition of Holey Rock near Roker Park in August 1936.

The demolition of Holey Rock near Roker Park in August 1936.

Hendon Paper Mills in July 1936.

Hendon Paper Mills in July 1936.

Grindon Hall Hospital - date unknown.

Grindon Hall Hospital - date unknown.