The Bay Horse - Whickham
The Bay Horse is the only Pub on Whickham's Front Street to keep its original name.
From 1905 there is a photograph outside the pub showing the participants of a charity football match.
In 1913 the landlord was John Arkless, who was followed in 1915 by John Buckhurst who remained until at least 1939.
By the 1970's the manager Arthur Washington and his wife Madeleine were the youngest couple with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. They held many charitable functions whilst they were at the Bay Horse. Because of Arthur and Madeleine's camaraderie amongst their customers they were able to get the support they needed for the various charities. Beneficiaries of these events were the Edith Brough Home on Whaggs Lane, the Blake Avenue Home for Underprivileged Children and providing money for many trips for Senior Citizens.
I'm looking into my family tree, and have a John Arkless, Arkless was my grandparents name, I was thinking the John Arkless who ran the Bay Horse in 1915 was same as in my family, he was born in 1859 in Gateshead Durham, please can you help thanks. Mrs Todd.
Posted by: Mrs Amanda Todd at March 10, 2008 10:51 PM
Digging deep on the web. i found your entry.(page10+).
My side of the Arkless Family are first recorded in Stannington in 1827.
What is of interest is that my great grandfather's (John Arkless), a Hairdresser and Jeweller in Spennymoor all his life, in his obituary 1936 says he was related to the Pearson family who owned the Bay Horse Inn, Bishop Aukland. there is a Bay Horse in BA but towns might get transposed.
My family have strong ties to the Newfield, Bishop Aukland, Spennymoor area of Durham.
i have a Family History website "My corner of the Arkless Family"
Hope my info might be usefull
I am In Newcastle NSW Australia
Posted by: Jonathan Arkless at April 24, 2008 7:11 AM
My name interests me and the history of the Arkless name. Good luck.
Posted by: john arkless at July 21, 2008 10:07 PM
in my family i have a ken arkless he married
my aunt ella pearson from blaydon on tyne
Posted by: anthony pearson at January 27, 2010 3:43 PM
John Arkless was my great great great grand uncle. He was born in Whickham and started life as a waterman until the 1860's when he took over the Bay Horse Inn from John Ismay. John Arkless was born in 1829 and died in 1914. He was married to Isabella and they had at least 10 children.
Posted by: jane brook at November 21, 2010 8:28 PM
I think we are distantly related
John Arkless was married to Isabella Kell. John was my GGGG uncle, his brother Benjamin and his wife Elleanor Elliot were my GGGG grand parents. Their daughter Christina Arkless married Isaac Baty and their daughter Eleanor Baty married an Irishman called John Keefe their son Isaac Keefe was my Great granddad and their son Edward Victor O`Keefe was my granddad.
Posted by: Pat Gordon at January 16, 2012 12:30 PM