Elisabethville


Did you know there used to be a Belgian village in Gateshead?! Elisabethville in Birtley provided temporary housing for a community of around 6000 Belgiam refugees during the First Word War. It was like a little corner of Belgium transplanted to the North East of England. Many of the residents worked at the National Projectile Factory in Birtley. When the war ended most of the inhabitants returned to Belgium and Elisabethville was occupied by people of British and other nationalities, before the temporaty housing was demolished and replaced with more permanent buildings.

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Belgian refugees at Witton Park.

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Leon - Beamish Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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A group of Belgian refugees from Elisabethville, Birtley

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Elisabethville (Birtley) Entry Permit, 1917

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Elisabethville - Birtley Belgians Project

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Belgian Girls' School, Elisabethville, Birtley

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School report for Dorothy Prowse from Belgian School, Elisabethville, Birtley.

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Plan of the Belgian Community of Elisabethville

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Belgian gendarme's hat from Elisabethville at Birtley

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Elisabethville, Birtley 1914-1918

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Belgian School Report of Jack Prowse, Elisabethville - Birtley

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British policeman on duty - Belgian village of Elisabethville, Birtley - 1918

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National Projectile Factory, Birtley
- The National Projectile Factory at Birtley was built in the First World War by Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd. Interestingly all the management and workers there were Belgian, from the ...
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Birtley
- Overview About Birtley Map Street View   Birtley is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. In the past mining and iron making were important industries in Birtley; at ...
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First World War
- The 4th August 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. What did your ancestors do during World War 1? How were the communities of ...
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Rough turning the shell body

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Tyne and Wear HER(8628): Birtley, Elisabethville
- "The model village of Elisabethville was built in the First World War to house Belgian workers at the National Projectile Factory. "The Huts" were envied by many local people whose ...

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