The Sunday Fraggle Report (Newcastle edition)

Newcastle upon Tyne is my nearest city, though we don’t go in too often since the advent of Amazon, which is a dreadful admission, but there it is. It’s been around since Roman times, and you can get the history HERE if you are so inclined.

The architecture in the city is quite beautiful and interesting, so here are some shots I took when Phil and I went in on Saturday.

Hurdy Gurdy men have a gossip
Hurdy Gurdy men have a gossip
The Granger Market
The Granger Market

This dates from 1835, and details can be found HERE

Vitamin shop in Fenkle Street
Vitamin shop in Fenkle Street

Couldn’t resist – its actually a cardboard cutout figure in the window, but I tried to make him look real 🙂 .

Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea
The Monument
Grey’s Monument

see Phil snuck in the pic at the bottom right corner 🙂 hi Hubby xx

Berry's
Berrys Jewellers and The Charles Grey Restaurant
Emmerson & Chambers
Emmerson & Chambers

A wonderful building in the Baroque style by an eccentric architect Benjamin Simpson. I think it is quite beautiful. It had a chinese restaurant in the basement for 20 odd yrs in the 80’s but is now a book shop.

Eldon Square
Eldon Square

I like all the reflections in the glass panels, this is the indoor shopping centre.

Moss
Moss Bros
Art shop
Art washes away…
maintenance
maintenance

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The castle in the distance
The castle in the distance

The castle doesn’t look very big and impressive but it has a great history you can read HERE the keep that you can see here  was built between 1172 and 1177 at a cost of £1,444 by Henry II, but it started out in 1080. Now it’s got a railway running through some of the original land belonging to it.

Next stop Castle
Next stop Castle
Stephenson
Stephenson

George Stephenson is a famous chap, was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool & Manchester railway which opened in 1830. He came from Wylam which is in our neck of the woods, and you can read his history HERE.

Blackie Boy
Blackie Boy

A pub, originally built in the 18th century on the site of a blacksmith’s where ale was sold from a make-shift ‘tap room’ in the back yard. A quick and funny history HERE.

Free entry
Free entry
The Pillar
The Pillar
the pillar
the pillar

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Pink Lane
Pink Lane
The Victoria Comet
The Victoria Comet
The beautiful
The beautiful central arcade

The Central Arcade is an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 and designed by Oswald and Son, of Newcastle. It is contained within the Central Exchange building, which was built by Richard Grainger in 1836–38 to the designs of John Wardle and George Walker. The Central Exchange is a triangular building which was intended to be a corn exchange but became a subscription newsroom. In 1870 the Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts converted the news room into an art gallery, concert hall and theatre. The building was ravaged by fire in 1867 and again in 1901, and in 1906 the Central Arcade was created within the original building. (wiki).

Church and clock
Church and clock
Koo & buddha
Madame Koo & friends
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Can’t find any info on these chaps, but they are magnificent.

Black Friars
Black Friars

this is one of the original bits of the 13th century friary but the church fell foul of Henry VIII dissolution act.

Black Friars
Black Friars

A good restoration job was done between 1973 & 1981 and still some old bits remain, so an interesting site.

The Tyne Bridge
The Tyne Bridges

A shot of the bridges through the window of the metro train on the way home, and that’s my trip to Newcastle over.

All these were taken on an iPhone 6 plus, so not the best quality of shots I’ve ever done, but I think they came out OK mostly.

That’s it, back to work tomorrow, a busy week ahead,

laters gaters

😉

18 thoughts on “The Sunday Fraggle Report (Newcastle edition)

  1. wow, an iPhone 6? I wouldn’t thought that those photographs came from a cell phone. “Maintenance” has a great dynamic range. Said that I loved “Emmerson & Chambers” the building seems to be surrounded by a blue sky halo.
    Strange city, so many and rich styles. I remember in Eco’s “The name of the rose” a character saying the name in Latin as Novocastro.
    Great post, filled with so many history 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous GORGEOUS shots!!! I saw these yesterday and didn’t get a chance to comment.
    I would love to come visit someday.
    You really have a great eye. And the color you achieve is spectacular!

    Like

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