The Sportsmans Arms

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The Sportsman’s Arms now Known as the Scullery

The Sportsman’s Arms closed on the 05-02-2010 when it closed it was left empty for a few years until a plumbing business opened up a showroom and office in the premises the company owners decided as they were not using all of the building so decided to rent out the old lounge at the rear of the pub

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The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth was once one of the most important buildings in Silksworth

Images taken by Dave Bell

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I took these images from the bottom of High Newport Allotments in May 2010 when the Sportsman’s Arms sadly closed and ended one of the last places that was used and built for the miners and their families of Silksworth very little remains of the miners heritage in Silksworth nowadays

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The once proud sign of the Sportsman’s Arms now looks tired and weary

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Notice the boarded up windows and The Sportsmans Arms sign still swinging as if everything was ok image taken on a wet and windy very cold day

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Close up of the sign on the rear wall of The Sportsmans Arms which closed in May 2010 because of lost revenue caused by very few local people using the public house

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The Sportsmans Arms puplic house built for the miners of Silksworth in 1871 as Silksworth Colliery grew new houses were built for the miners and their families and not forgetting why The Sportsmans Arms built for the miners when they had finished their shifts and to socialise when not working

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Silksworth Colliery shaft was sunk in 1869 In 1871, according to the Census there were approx 800 people living in the Silksworth and Tunstall areas, the local area was mainly farmland and where most people worked on the land.

Tomato’s Grown on High Newport Allotments

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

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Rules and General Information

The land that  High Newport Allotments are situated on is leased from Sunderland City Council we are using the rules that they recommend
The management committee is elected by the members of the society at the AGM
The management of the allotments shall be vested solely by the committee
The committee has the right to enter and inspect any garden and advise the owner what needs doing
Members are requested to ask for permission to erect any buildings on their garden no caravans allowed on site
Any member wanting hens or pigeons on site must have permission no dogs or cats to be kept on site
Cabin fires are allowed open garden fires are not allowed this is a Sunderland council rule as there have been numerous complaints from the local residents 
Hosepipes only to be used to water plants growing in greenhouses
Storage of dangerous chemicals is not allowed gas bottles should be kept outside of the cabin or greenhouse 
Any member can share their garden with a family member or friend
Any member deciding he or she does not want their garden can only sell the buildings on the allotment and not the actual allotment
It is the member's responsibility to close the allotments main gates if they are the last ones to leave and also to know the code for the combination locks 
It is the member's responsibility to keep the front of their gardens neat and tidy 
 
 
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Potato onions growing on the allotments these are a very old heritage type of onion that is not very popular these day but taste great