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Old May 14th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #2901
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Newcastle gas works dig sheds light on city history
by Tony Henderson, Evening Chronicle, May 14th 2012



THE HIDDEN history of part of Central Newcastle’s night-time has been revealed by archeologists. The excavation in a car park off Forth Street, behind the Central Station, has uncovered the remains of a gas works dating from around 1830. This was one of the first such works in the city from a time when there were only 269 gas lamps inside the town walls and a mere 280 throughout the suburbs.

The arrival of gas lighting opened up a whole new world for city dwellers, not only allowing them to feel safer going out in the dark but also seeing the introduction of the nightshift, a driving force in industrial expansion.

In 1818 Mosley Street had become the first thoroughfare in Newcastle to be lit by gas. “The coming of gas lighting in the streets would have allowed people to feel it was safer to get out more at night,” said archaeologist Terry Frain.

The dig by Tyne and Wear Museums Archaeology has uncovered a floor which housed 16 retorts – chambers in which coal was heated to produce gas. It is the first in a series of excavations in advance of the transformation of the area, called the Stephenson Quarter, by Newcastle-based developers Silverlink. In the 19th century the area was a concentration of industry, including George and Robert Stephenson’s works which was the world’s first locomotive factory.


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Old May 14th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #2902
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Newcastle gas works dig sheds light on city history
by Tony Henderson, Evening Chronicle, May 14th 2012

THE HIDDEN history of part of Central Newcastle’s night-time has been revealed by archeologists. The excavation in a car park off Forth Street, behind the Central Station, has uncovered the remains of a gas works dating from around 1830. This was one of the first such works in the city from a time when there were only 269 gas lamps inside the town walls and a mere 280 throughout the suburbs.

The arrival of gas lighting opened up a whole new world for city dwellers, not only allowing them to feel safer going out in the dark but also seeing the introduction of the nightshift, a driving force in industrial expansion.

In 1818 Mosley Street had become the first thoroughfare in Newcastle to be lit by gas. “The coming of gas lighting in the streets would have allowed people to feel it was safer to get out more at night,” said archaeologist Terry Frain.

The dig by Tyne and Wear Museums Archaeology has uncovered a floor which housed 16 retorts – chambers in which coal was heated to produce gas. It is the first in a series of excavations in advance of the transformation of the area, called the Stephenson Quarter, by Newcastle-based developers Silverlink. In the 19th century the area was a concentration of industry, including George and Robert Stephenson’s works which was the world’s first locomotive factory.
Little piece of trivia to go with the Mosley Street mention, indeed it was the first street in Newcastle to be lit by gas in 1818 and also the first in the country to be lit by Swan's incandescent light bulb in 1881.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #2903
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Late Shows bring sport films to life in North East
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, May 17th 2012



ARCHIVE FILM of sporting events across the last century in the North East will go on show this weekend. The events are part of The Late Shows programme today and tomorrow at more than 50 venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. The Northern Region Film & Television Archive will show their vintage footage on Saturday from 7pm-10pm at Newcastle City Library and 7pm-11pm at the city’s Discovery Museum.

It will be the first screening in the organisation’s Fast Forward project, which will be showing North East sporting film at venues around the region in the lead up to the Olympics. On show on Saturday will be footage from the Newcastle United v Sunderland derby at St James’ Park in 1913, a road race from 1926 in what is thought to be Shotley Bridge in County Durham and the Women’s Institute sports day at Horton Grange near Dinnington on the edge of Newcastle in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

Other films will include athletics events at Gateshead Stadium in 1961, a swimming competition at Tynemouth Open Air Pool in 1963, sports days in 1968 and 1969 at the Gateshead factory of Clarke Chapman , a feature on Gateshead Harriers from 1977 which includes Brendan Foster and a TV special in 1987 on the young Paul Gascoigne. There is also film by Newcastle District Amateur Cinematographers Association on the Blaydon Races Centenary in 1962, showing the road race and boat race between Scotswood and Newburn bridges.

Lindy Gilliland, archive manager at the Northern Region Film & Television Archive, said: “Our archive holds a rich collection of hundreds of films documenting the North East’s sporting heritage and the Fast Forward project will be an exciting opportunity for us to get some of these films back into the communities in which they were made. We are always on the lookout for new footage, so if people have any sports and gala day films please get in touch.”


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Old May 17th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #2904
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What a difference 60 odd years makes . . .

1950s . .


2011 . .



Top photo courtesy of "Gone but not Forgotten 9" (Newcastle City Libraries).

Bottom photo is from the "Sleeperz Hotel" thread (by Steve Ellwood) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=231
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #2905
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"Diamonds aren't forever", as they say
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Old May 18th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #2906
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A bit of irrelevant trivia here: one of my Facebook friends has just mentioned he used to work in Robinsons Book Shop in the Grainger Market, alongside one of Stan Laurel's granddaughters.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #2907
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The HISTORIC NEWCASTLE thread . . .

I have received a few "PMs" recently from around the world on Skyscraper City, commenting (almost 'complaining') that there do not seem to be as many posts on this thread as there has been for most of the last two and a half years.

The reason people from other parts of the world notice things like this, is that this particular thread quickly established itself as "the centre of all historical knowledge" about Newcastle and the North East of England, after our forum was set up in October 2009.

It is on a lot of peoples regular 'watch lists', in consequence.

In the Admin Thread, this Historic Newcastle thread has regularly been mentioned in connection with Statistics and Milestones for our forum, because of the very large numbers of VIEWS it often gets, whenever a new post is made. That is because it has acquired a wider audience than most of our threads have, and it has (so far) kept that wider audience.

Statistical Milestones for our forum (including those involving this thread) are listed under "S" for Skyscraper City in the INDEX Thread.

However, things on our forum are constantly changing, evolving and developing as time moves on and many new members join us and become very regular posters and contributors.

That is what I have said in my replies to these PMs, highlighting the fact that the Historic Thread is no longer the centre of "All Things Historical" on this forum, it is now only one of many (often more specific) Historical Threads on the forum.

I have suggested that (perhaps) they spread their 'viewing net' more widely, and have sent them the below list (from our Index under "T" for Threads) of the now quite large list of Historical Threads on the Newcastle Forum of Skyscraper City . . .

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3 - HISTORICAL (INFORMATION & REFERENCE) THREADS . . .

Remembering Historic Newcastle - Old Photos, Maps, even Stories . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=982536
Memorable NEWSPAPER Front Pages from times past - Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1098675
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1024187
Newcastle & the North East - ASK ANY QUESTION here if you are looking for INFORMATION
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1046553
The DEPARTMENT STORES of Newcastle - of the Past, Present and Future
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1005737
Newcastle "As it might have been" . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1009531
Test your Newcastle GENERAL KNOWLEDGE . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=998733
HISTORY and OLD PHOTOS of the North East (Outside the Newcastle Boundary)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=987417
Newcastle Chronicle Ltd - A 1930s Tour of the Chronicle's old Westgate Road HQ
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1235527
"DIVERSION" - Building the CME (Central Motorway East) from 1972 to 1975.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=999987
Crossings of the River Tyne - Current, proposed, and those that never happened
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1013869
ABANDONED Buildings & GAP Sites - What could be done with them?
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1093493
The Outdoor & Indoor MARKETS of Newcastle & the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1139629
The Town Moor
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1001451
Newcastle Area - Works of Art and Local Artists
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=992113
ADVERTS : Old Adverts from times past in Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1212275
RETAIL MEMORIES from Times Past - Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1212285
Building the Newcastle Western Bypass (1987-1990)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1248441
Newcastle - Grand Development Plans and Ideas (over the years)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1256741
Art on the Metro
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1287955
VICTORIA Tunnel, QUAYSIDE RAILWAY Tunnel – and other “subterranean” Newcastle
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1308595
The ODEON, Pilgrim Street – Preserve, Renovate, or Demolish?
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1317429
Newcastle Area - Historical Photos on Google Maps
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1321859
COMMEMORATING Events, People and Places - in Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1403656
Heritage Open Days - 2011
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1440156
PUBS of the PAST - Your Memories, no matter how "hazy" . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...2#post90943522
Newcastle and the North East - Religious Buildings & Other Religious Places
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1513385
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I also mentioned in my reply that the easiest way that they can quickly navigate around all of the above threads, is by pulling up the complete list of them (with links to them) by clicking on the Historic Newcastle TAG, at the bottom of any page on any of the above threads.

It is interesting though, that this forum is pretty well known around the 'Skyscraper City' world, for a normal (Regional-specific) "UK & Ireland Architecture Forums / Projects and Construction" forum - that is not (as Regional Forums aren't) in one of the "World Forums" sections of SSC!

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Old May 27th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #2908
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Any pics of old Worswick St Bus Station area ? Byker Depot, all that kind of stuff ?
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Bottom photo is from the "Sleeperz Hotel" thread (by Steve Ellwood) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=231
Was the car park in the bottom photo the old line to the coast via Wallsend and possibly the old riverside line ?
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Old May 27th, 2012, 01:29 PM   #2910
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Any pics of old Worswick St Bus Station area ? Byker Depot, all that kind of stuff ?

1 - Definitely quite a few photos of old Worswick Street Bus Station on the forum. Go to "W" in the Index for all the links.

2 - Not so sure about the Byker Depot, but if we have any on the forum they will be listed (and linked) under "B" for Byker, "B" for Buses, or "T" for Transport. There is a very good chance there will be something there, I just can't remember it at the moment!!
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Old May 27th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #2911
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Was the car park in the bottom photo the old line to the coast via Wallsend and possibly the old riverside line ?
Yes. platforms 1 - 6 were removed. They were all electrified and served North and South Tyneside (and Riverside) trains, as well as locals on the Sunderland and East Coast lines.
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Almost.
The northernmost bay platforms were electrified and did serve the Coast and Riverside lines, but they didn't have access to the High Level Bridge and on towards Sunderland nor the loop round Gateshead West Junction.
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When were the last trains to stop at Gateshead station, out of curiosity ?
When was it's "Golden Age" ?
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1 - Definitely quite a few photos of old Worswick Street Bus Station on the forum. Go to "W" in the Index for all the links.

2 - Not so sure about the Byker Depot, but if we have any on the forum they will be listed (and linked) under "B" for Byker, "B" for Buses, or "T" for Transport. There is a very good chance there will be something there, I just can't remember it at the moment!!
Thanks for the help. Its for my Father in law. He used to be an inspector on the buses.
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The northernmost bay platforms were electrified and did serve the Coast and Riverside lines, but they didn't have access to the High Level Bridge and on towards Sunderland nor the loop round Gateshead West Junction.
Platforms 3 - 7 were all electrified and gave access to the High Level Bridge - only 1 and 2 didn't. I think this is clear in the photograph.
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When were the last trains to stop at Gateshead station, out of curiosity ?
When was it's "Golden Age" ?
Gateshead West closed in 1965; Gateshead East in 1981.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #2917
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1950s . .


2005 . .


2011 . .



Top photo courtesy of "Gone but not Forgotten 9" (Newcastle City Libraries).

Middle photo courtesy of Copyright David Ashcroft, geograph.org.uk

Bottom photo is from the "Sleeperz Hotel" thread (by Steve Ellwood) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=231
Found this image, whilst looking for something else ha, shows the old Parcel building, and the slightly longer red brick building at the bottom of the pic
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Old May 30th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #2918
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Byker Wall Heritage Centre
by Karen Dent, The Journal, May 25th 2012


The Byker Wall's history will now be celebrated in one space

A DERELICT shop unit on the Byker Wall estate has been transformed so it can be used as a heritage centre focusing on the area’s history. Wates Living Space began the renovation at the start of March as part of a Ł20,000 scheme on the estate. The firm was also involved in the Ł2m redevelopment of Bolam Coyne for Your Homes Newcastle.

Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, said: “We’re really pleased to continue our role in the transformation of Byker by offering our support for this unique project. The area has a fascinating history and it is important that it is both preserved and celebrated for future generations. I look forward to seeing all the captured memorabilia for myself when it opens.”

The Northern Architecture, Heritage Lottery Fund and Future Sparks-backed scheme will open later this month to house artifacts, photographs, drawings, stories and short films about the area and its residents. Known as the 'Byker Lives' Project, it will study the design of the estate’s housing by Ralph Erskine in the 1970s. The Byker Wall was awarded Grade II* listed status in 2007 and placed in the top 6% of listed buildings nationally.

Jill Haley, chief officer at Byker Community Trust, said: “Byker has always been a special and unique place because of what it is today and because of how it was created.


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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #2919
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If Byker is so important and successful that it needs a shrine I am really curious as to why it was never repeated across Newcastle.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #2920
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Byker Grove for life

I just wish Ant and Dec would give up the rights and let it be repeated
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