Tyne and Wear HER(13201): Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of Antonio Marcantonio - Details
Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of Antonio Marcantonio
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Impressive monument of a statue of a monk or friar holding an infant. Antonio Marcantonio (1886-1960), ice cream manufacturer, arrived in Newcastle in 1895 to join a small colony of Italians living in Byker. In the early 1900s he returned to Italy to marry Angela. He returned to Newcastle and began making ice cream in a room in his house using small pans of salt and ice to freeze it. Eventually he took over a small factory on Stepney Bank. 500 gallons of ice cream were made daily. He also owned five ice cream parlours, the first one was in the Grainger Arcade. The Mark Toney business still flourishes (factory at Benton Square).
Alan Morgan, 2004, Beyond the Grave - Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds, page 71