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The last time I posted pictures of Newcastle a while back in March, Phil & I had gone there and I took lots of pictures of the beautiful architecture and you can see those on the CLICK. When Sophie & I went in to go to the cat cafe, we were in a different part of town and I had fun taking pictures of the grittier side of town.

Firstly in Granger Town we came across the Man with Potential Selves, bronze sculptures by Sean Henry done in 2003. The piece comprises three views of the same man. One stands, one
walks and one apparently floats, horizontally, above the ground. Each figure is 2.5m tall.

cool check chap

potentially cool




not sure of their significance but they at least stand still for photo’s.

We came across this chap in the cathedral grounds, he looked deep in thought, and I had thought after he maybe homeless.



also in the grounds a bright flower amongst the lavender.



wall art…





back street

Pudding Chare

Pudding Chare long shot

Pudding Chare long shot

Pudding Chare?? I hear you ask. A chare in the dialect of North East England, is a narrow medieval street or alley.  Chares and much of the layout of Newcastle’s Quay Side date from medieval times. At one point, there were 20 chares in Newcastle. There are still a few about but there was a Great Fire in 1854 and some were lost. Pudding Chare runs from the Bigg Market to Neville Street.

Superhero Shop

Superhero Shop

The name Bigg refers to a type of coarse barley that used to be sold in this market.

A less specialized market is still held here on certain days of the week. At night, the whole area comes alive as hundreds of revellers frequent the many bars, restaurants and night clubs in the party city of Newcastle. That’s the blurb on a website haha what it translates to is hundreds of drunk teens chucking up/fighting/engaging in rude behaviour etc. Well that’s what you see on the news, have to be fair, have been to Newcastle plenty of times at night and only seen the happy people.

Bigg Market amenities

Bigg Market amenities

To the George

To the Old George


This alley had a lovely area to have your drink in..


dark alley

dark alley


Cedars of Lebanon

Lady Boys

Different Times


I like buildings that have trees growing out the top of them.

Just along from the cathedral is the statue of Queen Victoria. Sculpted by Alfred Gilbert and unveiled by Countess Grey in April 1903 – two years after Queen Victoria’s death – the statue was a gift from WH Stephenson, a company director and politician who held the office of mayor in Newcastle seven times.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

A recurring theme when I was shooting old run down parts of Newcastle, was the quite nice cars in the midst of it all, so here they are..







some ad hoc shots…





Dancing lamppost

Dancing lamppost



I’ll leave it there for now, but another post to come, had a lovely sunny day today, & managed a couple of photo’s for the bits & pieces report at the end of the month, weekends are cool aren’t they 🙂

laters gaters











19 comments on “The Newcastle Upon Tyne report~part 1

  1. What a great idea…to show the back streets…love the floating man and the beer drinking alley ways…:) And also I had forgotten about the Lady Boys…they used to visit Edinburgh when I lived there. I dont think they come over here. Another original post 🙂

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  2. Francis.R. says:

    The statue seems the portrait of a man lost in himself, unaware of the city. Thanks for the tour in the medieval streets fragglerocking, looks like an unique city ☺


    1. thanks Francis, I guess all cities have their own identity, thank goodness!

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  3. kmSalvatore says:

    Well Fraggy.. I gotta tell you I really enjoyed these, reminds me of the old movies I see. Of New York City, with all the Irish and Italian, and Jewish immigrants. I enjoyed them so much I’ve gone through 2 times now. Love those narrow, roads, and the brick.
    Now those fancy cars.. Would this be an area they are reviving ? For the new wave of yuppies;)?
    Anyway nice work as always;) truly love you showing us all around your part of the world ❤️👍

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    1. Cheers Kathy, I am not sure if they are reviving these places, but yuppies were a southern phenomenon, it’s a different world up north, 😊

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  4. Tony Single says:

    Oh my god… I especially love that dark alleyway. I wanna just live there. (Weird, huh?) 😛

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    1. Think it might be a bit cramped in there! 😊

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  5. Need this Jack pipeline for my house as well. Haven’t had a whiskey since we left UK last year. Excellent virtual tour. Car photos remind me of an old television ad. “If you want to be on the slopes before the German’s you better buy an Audi 100”. That was in London a few centuries in the past. I wish you a relaxing Sunday, Fraggy. 🙂

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    1. I remember that advert! Thanks Reinhold. 😊

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  6. Jay says:

    I love finding statues and art in public spaces. It’s a big commitment for a city but I think it’s so important.

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  7. melissajane14 says:

    I love the long shot of the pudding chare, and the blue Jaguar trying to blend in with the dumpsters…Priceless! 🙂

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    1. cheers Melissa 🙂

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  8. lolabees says:

    There are some very beautiful parts of Newcastle. I love the look of the old English towns/cities. It’s so different from the new architecture we have here in the US.

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  9. Ashly says:

    Unfortunately, I have never visited to the “Newcastle”, it is too far. But I have read about a bit of its history. The photos here tell a lot about the city, and I really appreciate your photography for that, it is pro. The horizontal statue at the top is the highlight of this gallery, and the rest of them are much describing.

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    1. Thanks, it is a photogenic city 😊


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