Simon Temple (1759 - 1822)
His father Simon Temple (Snr) born at Crayke, North Yorkshire (1728 - 1805) was a shipwright, declared bankrupt at South Shields in 1786. He died in 1805. Simon Temple (Jnr), born in 1759, also became a shipbuilder and opened a yard at Thrift Street South Shields, just downstream from the current Shields Ferry landing. Simon Temple opened Afred Pit (Temple Main Colliery) in 1803.