J. W. Swanston

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J. W. Swanston was a Newcastle printer, and publisher of many Chapbooks. The premises were in St Andrews Street, off Gallowgate, and is now quite near St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United F.C., although this ground was not built until 1892, at the time of Swanston it was just a patch of sloping grazing land, near the Town Moor, and owned by the Freemen of the City.

Swanston was responsible for the publication and printing of numerous Chapbooks, of which one noted version was The Tyneside Songster.

He was also a member of the Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club"

His published and printed works include :-

  • Nine Hours’ Movement; A History of the engineers’ strike in Newcastle and Gateshead[1]
  • Social Science and the Liquor Traffic: The Judgment of Science, of Philanthropy, and of Intellect, an 8-page pamphlet printed in 1870
  • Several pamphlets for the Northern Reform League for James McKendrick
  • Several Chapbooks including The Tyneside Songster

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  1. ^ Burnett, John (1872). Nine hours' movement: A history of the engineers' strike in Newcastle and Gateshead. J.W. Swanston. p. 77. 

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