I also am researching Battistas in North East of England - Newcastle area.
I have a James Battista born to Giovanni Battista and Elizabeth Lawson in 1899 at 9 Bird Street Tynmouth (nr. the docks) but the street is no longer there).
One of James's brothers was Pasquale who was born to the same parents in 1878 at 20 Garth, Sunderland.
This James is too old to be your James but I suspect he was related.I'm sure I can find him foryou or if you live in England you can search for him in the St. Catherines House records by name and date of birth.These records are located in most major libraries.
Giovanni and his brothers Vincenzo and Antoniocame to Newcastle in 1880/90s they settle there were Street Muscicians, ice cream makers, journeymen and tailors.
I have lost more information on them as my Dad Arthur was a Battista from Newcastle and I have been up there to do research meeting some long lost relatives - great fun!I live in the South East of England - my Dad and all his brotheres and sisters and mother moved down here for work in the 1930s.