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.
This dates from 1835, and details can be found HERE
Couldn’t resist – its actually a cardboard cutout figure in the window, but I tried to make him look real 🙂 .
see Phil snuck in the pic at the bottom right corner 🙂 hi Hubby xx
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.
I like all the reflections in the glass panels, this is the indoor shopping centre.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Can’t find any info on these chaps, but they are magnificent.
this is one of the original bits of the 13th century friary but the church fell foul of Henry VIII dissolution act.
A good restoration job was done between 1973 & 1981 and still some old bits remain, so an interesting site.
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,