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A Town Reborn?
Jarrow in general
Member Name: michaelhudson
Jarrow in general
Date: 17/07/01, updated on 17/07/01 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Twenty minutes from Newcastle city centre, An excellent museum
Disadvantages: Nothing other than Bede's World to warrant a trip, Possibilty of verbal abuse from snotty nosed kids
At the time of the Jarrow March-aside from Steve Cram and the Venerable Bede still probably Jarrow's main claim to fame- the town's MP, Ellen Wilkinson, referred to Jarrow as "the town that was murdered". As a born and bred Jarrovian it grieves me to say that there still isn't a great deal of life to be found here. If for some reason you are thinking of visiting Jarrow then I would, however, recommend a trip to the Bede's World Museum. Take the Metro to Bede station and it's a well signposted ten to fifteen minute walk from there in the general direction of the river. Combined with the adjacent St Paul's Church it's a good way to spend a half-day before heading back into Newcastle. Other than that, unless dodging garish tracksuit wearing adolescents or admiring grafitti and urban decay is your particular cup of tea, I'm afraid there isn't a great deal to see or do here. The Lonely Planet summed up Jarrow with the apt-epithet of "a grim outpost". I'd really like to condracict them. I really would...
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