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A view of Cliffords Fort and North Shields in 1788.

Ralph Gardner Memorial erected in 1882 by public subscription.

 

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Ralph Gardner a brewer of Chirton Green, petitioned Oliver Crommwell's Parliament in 1655, about the restrictions on trade, placed by Newcastle. He wrote the petition from his prison cell and called it 'England's Grievances Discovered'.

A memorial to Ralph Gardner, was erected in 1882, opposite to the site where his cottage once stood.