Author wants help with research for new history project

John Yearnshire is searching for information about the former Battery Hostel Tea Gardens, Alnmouth.
John Yearnshire is searching for information about the former Battery Hostel Tea Gardens, Alnmouth.

A keen historian and author is appealing for information, as part of his latest research project on Alnmouth.

John Yearnshire, who grew up in Lesbury and has a bungalow in Embleton, is looking for information about the former Battery Hostel Tea Gardens and the owner Robert Purvis.

The 66-year-old said: “The Battery Hostel Tea Gardens was situated on the Bracken Hill in Alnmouth. An advert of the day states that it had a dining room to seat 130 and was open all year. The Battery Hostel Tea Gardens were in business from about 1900-05 until 1935-40.

“An article in the Alnwick Mercury on July 24, 1909, stated that 330 scholars from St Paul’s Sunday School, Alnwick, attended the hostel to which 375 sat down to an excellent tea provided by Mr Purvis, the owner, including school teachers and several parents of the children.

“Mr Purvis and his family apparently lived in one of the huts on the site, but also had a café and confectioners in Narrowgate, Alnwick.

“I am seeking any information or photographs in respect of The Battery Hostel, but in particular of Mr Purvis, his family and his café/confectioners in Alnwick.”

Anyone with information, email yearnshire@hotmail.co.uk or call 07581 178001.