About The Collingwood Arms

In the early 1800's Brandling Village was built for the employees of the Jesmond coal mines. The village consisted of two rows of terraced cottages either side of a now forgotten road called the High Street. A few years later, more substantial homes for the gentry were built on Brandling Park to the west and south.


The Collingwood Arms was added to the east end of the High Street terraced cottages and opened its doors for the first time in 1836. The cottages are long gone but the 'High Street' is the road running from the gap through the Brandling Park houses at the west end of the village through to The Collingwood.

Robert Hewlitt, the first landlord, had a great interest in naval history and so named the pub after the locally born Lord Collingwood (1750 – 1810) who was Commander in Chief of the British fleet in the Mediterranean and Nelson's second in command at the battle of Trafalgar. There is a story that the pub was actually built in the shape of a ship's helm to play on this naval connection and when you look at the balcony to the east end of the building it's not hard to see why this rumour still persists.

Robert Hewlitt, left The Collingwood Arms in 1850 and the bar went into the doldrums until 1878 when a Daniel Martin took up the helm and steered the pub into the 20th Century.

In this map from 1910 you can see The Collingwood to the east end of the High Street and the original Brandling Arms to the west.

The terraced miners cottages and the original Brandling Arms, which stood in the middle of the terrace, were demolished in the 1930's but The Collingwood Arms remained. The Brandling Arms was then rebuilt on the same site as it's predecessor and the land between the two pubs has been a car park ever since. 

Despite a few changes in landlords in the early 1900's The Collingwood went from strength to strength and was taken over just after the Second World War by the local brewers W B Reid & Co of Leazes. The pub became very popular with equestrians who visited the pub on their way from Gosforth Racecourse.

In 1956 W B Reid & Co were taken over by Scottish Brewers who then went on to merge with Newcastle Breweries in 1960 and so The Collingwood Arms became a Scottish & Newcastle managed house.

If you have any further information on the history of Brandling Village or old photographs of The Colly please email us at hello@thecolly.co.uk.

The Collingwood in 1966 prior to the extension. At this time there was doors and windows on both sides of the pub.
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Thanks to Newcastle City Library for permission to use their images. They have a brilliant Flickr page with hundreds of historical pictures of bygone Newcastle, well worth a look.



T. Oliver’s map of 1830 shows the building (highlighted) that was to become The Collingwood Arms at the east end of the High Street.

Looking west along the High Street with the Brandling Park houses in the distance. The Collingwood would have been behind to the right. The chimney was the local laundry which was demolished in the 1980's to make way for Central High Schools music department.
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Looking east along the High Street 1910-12. The pub on the left is the forerunner of The Brandling. The Collingwood was at the far end of the street on the left.
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The Brandling Arms was rebuilt after the terraced miners cottages were demolished and the area between the two pubs has remained a car park since.
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