Newcastle Guild Hall, and Quayside ~ December 2017~ part 2

Part 1 HERE


More History Stuff.

The Guildhall was used by the Freemen of Newcastle. The origins of the Freemen are obscure, but the modern view is the possibility that the origins are  partly Anglo-Saxon but also partly British and partly Roman. There were, broadly speaking three classes of people – nobles, free men and slaves. The free men were a middle class, comprised of those who were permitted and obliged to carry arms. .Free men were the inhabitants of Burghs, communities which had gradually come together for purposes of mutual defence. They were without overlords and cultivated the arable & common land and also established the customary rules that regulated their own dealings and their local justice. They paid their taxes and dues direct to the King. These rules were administered by the community in their Moot or Assembly.  King John, by Charter, granted Newcastle to the Freemen at an annual payment of £100 which appeared until quite recently in the City’s annual accounts. This Charter and its successors were repeatedly confirmed by successive Sovereigns who granted many further privileges to the Freemen.

About the end of the 12th century the leading Freemen combined together in a Guild known as the Guild Merchant, which was granted a Charter in 1216, for the purpose of controlling the trade of the town. This Guild soon obtained control of the town’s affairs. Other merchant guilds of Drapers (wool merchants), Mercers and Boothmen (corn merchants) were formed during the 13th century but these were later absorbed into the Merchant Adventurers who claimed to be the original Merchant Guild.

The different guilds coats of arms are all displayed around the Guildhall.

The Mayors Parlour is where the Freemen held their council meetings, and apart from having wonky walls and floor, is quite spectacular.

These old paintings of C17 Newcastle have unfortunately have been ‘restored’ by a madman, who basically painted over them 🙄 god knows what this next one on the right is all about.

After we’d finished at the Guildhall, Sophie and I had a wander down the Quayside, and took a few more pictures, and were treated to a great sunset.

More information on the Freemen at this website .

and the full album with loads more pictures can be found HERE

31 Comments

  1. Yes…was looking forward to part 2 of this and it did not disappoint. Especially not in the pictures department. The Photographs of the sunset where absolutely amazing. But I also loved the litte history lesson you provided. In other words: great post! 😊😊

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    1. Thanks Michel, I am totally in love with ancient history that is still accessible, it always shows how things change, but always stay the same.

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  2. I love that last shot!!

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    1. Got lucky that day! Cheers Mac.

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  3. The Baltic Flour Mills is one of my favourite of your local landmarks. A majestic slab of a building that appeals to me a lot.
    Fabulous sunsets of course. But you knew that! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete it is a bit of a star that building.

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  4. Great post as usual, that’s a stunning sunset at the end and some interesting pics in the galery; I have to wonder what Edward Scissor Hands, Scooby Doo and Just William are up to under the bridge 🙂

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    1. No idea, it was a bit early for a fancy dress party!

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  5. You said it would be stunning and you were right. That’s a wonderful building.

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    1. Thanks April, it was a treat to see it.

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  6. More beautiful images!! Great sunsets.

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  7. What a sunset – and what a room!

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    1. Yes it was a fab day for the camera!

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  8. Hmm. A couple of those paintings sort of reminded me of Hieronymus Bosch.🧐 I like the ceiling in the Mayor’s parlor though. And those last two picture of the sunset are breathtaking!☺️

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    1. Got lucky with the sunset, cheers x

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  9. I don’t know where my comment went for this one!😭 But I loved this post Fraggle! I was looking forward to Part 2 and you always deliver fantastic reading and photos! Woot!

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    1. Aw, thanks Dani xx

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  10. That really is a spectacular sunset, Fraggle. I enjoyed the history lesson. I didn’t realize the free men had no overlord. The hall is an amazing place. Peculiar/interesting about how the paintings were “restored.” Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Teagan 🙂

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  11. Woosh, now that’s a sunset. Did it do that just for you?

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    1. Yes, I asked it nicely.

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  12. Amazing artwork and what a display of wealth! And then to end it up with a spectacular sunset like that! Beautiful.

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  13. Just love love love that last photos Fraggy

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    1. Thanks, it was a good sunset.

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  14. Lovely sunsets shots there of the Tyne bridge.

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    1. Got lucky! Cheers Steve

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  15. The paintings in the Guildhall and the sunsets over the bridges are absolutely rivetingly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Mr.Helsing. 😊

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