William Shield (1748-1829) Born in Swalwell and lived near here in his early years. Violinist, violist and composer of operas and other stage works. Appointed Master of the King's Music in 1817. Reputed composer of Auld Land Syne.

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At the junction of Hood Street and Market Lane, Swalwell, Gateshead
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by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council on 15 December 2009

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