Showing posts with label Historic Newcastle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Historic Newcastle. Show all posts

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Neville Hall and Wood Memorial Hall Newcastle


 Neville Hall and Wood Memorial Hall, Newcastle.

The building was completed in 1872 and is in the Gothic style, it was designed by A.M Dunn.
In includes offices, a library and a lecture theatre for the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.
Inside is a large Statue of Nicholas Wood, the founder of the institute.
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Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society


Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society.

The  Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society (commonly referred to as the Lit and Phil)  contains 160,000 books, more than any independent library outside London.
It was opened in 1825.
  Sir Joseph Swan displayed his invention the incandescent light bulb here and the nearby Mosely Street was the first in the world to be lit in this way.
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Victoria Cross winners from Newcastle.


Victoria Cross winners from Newcastle.

Newcastle City Council placed a plaque in Newcastle in honour of three men from the city who won the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for bravery. 
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Captain John Aidan  Liddell
Private Edward Lawson
Private Adam Herbert Wakenshaw   



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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Grey's Monument - Great Exhibition of the North


Grey's Monument - Great Exhibition of the North.

For the duration of the Great Exhibition of the North the Monument of Earl Grey is being decorated in the style of a maypole.
For pictures of Grey's Monument in it's natural state click here.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North


Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North.

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North Stephenson's Rocket has been brought home to Newcastle's Discovery Museum.
Rocket was built to compete in the Rainhill trials to find a railway engine to provide a service between Manchester and Liverpool which was the world's first inter-city passenger service, although passengers had been carried between the smaller towns of Stockton and Darlington in the North East of England previous to that.
Rocket was built in 1829 at the Forth Street Locomotive works in Newcastle Upon Tyne,  the first of it's type anywhere in the world, established by George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways", His son Robert Stephenson was responsible for the design of Rocket. 
In the background the famous vessel the Turbinia is visible, another engineering achievement of the North East. 
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Dog Leap Stairs Newcastle


Dog Leap Stairs, Newcastle.

Dog leap stairs lead from the castle garth to the side.
They were made famous in the Dire Straits song "down to the waterline" from that bands first album.
Local folklore has it that Baron Eldon - later the Lord Chancellor of England - eloped with Bessie Surtees going up the stairs on horseback.
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Monday, April 09, 2018

The Old Post Office, Newcastle.


The Old Post Office, Newcastle.

 The Old Post Office in Newcastle is a grade one listed building and was built in the 1870's.
In recent years the building had undergone a major refurbishment and is now a modern office for the company NBS.
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Newcastle's Grainger Market


Newcastle's Grainger Market.

The existing Grainger Market was built in 1835 to replace existing markets on the nearby historic Grey St.
Grainger Market is a grade 1 listed building and was designed by John Dobson. Originally the market was divided into meat and vegetable stalls. Although the market has changed substantially since it was opened there are still a number of butchers here.
It is believed the smallest Marks & Spencer branch is here, known by it's original name of Marks & Spencer Penny Bazaar. 
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Newcastle's Grainger Market