Whitley Bay is a seaside town on the North Sea coast that has a fine stretch of golden sandy beach forming a bay stretching from St. Mary’s Island in the north to Cullercoats in the south. Historically in Northumberland, the town, became a holiday destination for the people of North East England and Scotland and remained a tourist destination until the late 1980s, when foreign travel became more popular.
Currently undergoing a £60 million regeneration, Whitley Bay has always been a sought-after place to live and residents with growing families prefer to ‘improve’ rather than move, so loft conversion and extension work is very popular in the town. Joseph James has completed several projects in the town and are currently receiving a large number of enquiries for our specialist loft conversion services.
Our approach is simple, we use only the most skilful, time-served tradesman in our teams to ensure that your Loft Conversion goes smoothly and is completed with the minimum of fuss and delay. The teams are managed by a very experienced project manager whose role is to ensure that any issues that may arise during the conversion work are dealt with promptly and with full client satisfaction.
Our project manager will oversee your job on a day-to-day basis to help maintain the high quality of service that we are renowned for.
We offer a guarantee with all of the work we undertake, giving the client complete peace of mind in the knowledge that any work we carry out will meet the most exacting standards.
We have worked with many families in the area, improving and extending their living space and can offer a total service from initial specification, plan drawing, planning approval (where necessary) to a final finished building that you will be proud to live in.
Our clients insist on the best for their homes and that is why they chose us in the first place and continue to choose us when further building improvements are needed over the years.
Whatever type of home you live in, be it detached, semi-detached or terraced, Joseph James Loft Conversions can deliver the perfect solution to your home extension needs – we can even help you gain extra space if you live in a bungalow!
We are experienced in all types of loft conversions, from multi-truss to purlin conversions and have extensive experience in fitting Velux windows. Our friendly advisor can visit you at your home and help you to determine just what type of improvement you would benefit most from and give you an idea of what the costs might be.
No pressure, no hard sell, no obligation: Joseph James also specialise in good advice!
Because we are from the North East, we understand the people, the culture –and the weather – so we know how to plan around the whims of our unpredictable climate, ensuring that projects keep as much as possible to plan.
The North East of England has the most diverse and interesting of cultures in the UK and each town or city has its own unique features that make working and living here such a joy.
Whitley Bay – Historical Information
The area is rich in history. Whitley was first mentioned about the year 1100 when King Henry I conferred it with other possessions on the Priory of Tynemouth being referred to in ancient documents and maps before that date as Witelei, Wyteley, Hwyteleg, Witelithe, Wheteley, Wytheleye, Whitlaw, Whitlathe and Whitlag. Whitley is also referred to in the charters of King Henry II, King Richard I and King John, confirming to the priors their possessions and liberties.
The town was known as Whitley until the 1890s, by which time the confusion of the name with Whitby, in North Yorkshire, was often causing mail to be misdirected. The final straw came in September 1901 when an ex-resident died in Edinburgh and his body was to be buried in St Paul’s churchyard, Whitley. Unfortunately, the body was transported to Whitby by mistake causing the funeral to be delayed. The council asked residents for suggestions for a new name, and the most popular choice was Whitley Bay. It has since been known as Whitley Bay, but many residents still refer to the town as ‘Whitley’.
Whitley Bay was famous for its permanent seaside fairground, the Spanish City. A fairground returns to the town on bank holiday weekends, the Easter and summer holidays, but is now located on ‘the Links’, an expansive seafront park to the north of the original Spanish City site. The Spanish City Dome, which is a Grade II Listed building, is to become the centrepiece of a multimillion pound regeneration of the seafront complex, which will include hotel and leisure developments.
With its beautiful beaches and promenade, it isn’t difficult to see why so few folk move. If you live in Whitley and prefer to improve rather than move, give the team at Joseph James Loft Conversions a call; we will be delighted to call round and have a chat about your home improvement ideas.