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Old October 18th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS, Churches and other Religious Places - Newcastle and the North East

Religious Buildings and other places - Listed in
below extract from the Forum Index Thread.



Setting up the new "Newcastle and the North East - Religious Buildings & Other Religious Places" thread . . .


The below Index Thread Extract, from letters "S", "C", "J" and "W", shows links to some of the many posts about "Religious Buildings & Other Religious Places" that have appeared on the forum since we started on here in October 2009.

Backdated copies of these posts, and of others, have been placed into this thread (on 15th May 2012) to form a comprehensive record of all of our discussions to date, on this topic . . .


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Sa - Sg


Sa . .


(St = Saint, so all entries starting with "St for Saint" are listed here in the "Sa" section.)


St Alban's Church - Earsdon
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...4&postcount=51

St Andrews Cemetery, Jesmond
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=994
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=996

St Andrews Church, Newgate Street
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=882
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=884
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=885
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...6&postcount=68
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...0&postcount=52
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...8&postcount=53

St Andrews Roman Catholic Church, Worswick Street
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1772
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1774

St Bede's Church, Jarrow - 150th Anniversary
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=169

St George's Church, Osborne Road, Jesmond
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=110
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=37

St James and Basil's Church (Fenham)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1184


ST JAMES' CHURCH, BENWELL . . .

St James' Parish Church, Benwell - 180th Anniverary in 2011
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1422
Grave of Bishop Arthur Thomas Lloyd, the 3rd Bishop of Newcastle, at St James' Church, Benwell
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2265
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2743
Photos of St James' Church, Benwell
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=323
Heritage Open Day 2011 - Visit to St James' Church, Benwell
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...0&postcount=21
Grave of John Buddle (Mining Pioneer) at St James' Church, Benwell
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2548


St James' Church, Northumberland Road - See further down his list, under 'St James United Reform Church'

St James' United Reform Church, Northumberland Road
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=35

St John the Baptist Church in Grainger Street/Westgate Road (incs. photos taken in St Nicholas' Cathedral)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1882

St John's Cemetery, Elswick - and the 1925 Montagu View Pit Disaster, Scotswood
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2620

St Mary Magdalene Hospital
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1310
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1305

St Mary the Virgin Almshouse (and St Mary the Virgin Church) Rye Hil - Now sheltered accommodation
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=963
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=965
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=967
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2236


ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL . . .

St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral - Piazza Plans from the 1970s (Newcastle as it might have been)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=317
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=336
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=317
Cardinal Basil Hume - Sculpture / Statue, and Memorial Garden
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...1&postcount=89
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=335
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2798
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2800


St Mary's Story - A BOOK by Anthea Lang (the story of St Mary's Church, Gateshead)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=197


ST NICHOLAS' CATHEDRAL . . .

Details of 'Listed Building' Status, etc
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1000
Cathedral Gardens (Newcastle as it might have been)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=187
Vampire Rabbit (Nr. the Cathedral) posts about it . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...1&postcount=51
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=66
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=39
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2387
St Nicholas Cathedral Landscaping Project 2010/2011 ("Cathedral Square")
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=68
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...7&postcount=69
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=73
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=143 (Many posts about this on the 'Small City Centre Developments' Thread)
St Nicholas Cathedral - on a 1590 Map
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1381
St Nicholas Cathedral, in 'Rhyme' and 'Poetry'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1319
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1322
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1324
St Nicholas Cathedral and the external statues of the biblical figures of Adam, Eve, Aaron and David
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1523
The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas - A BOOK by Thomas Wake (one of the Curators of the Society of Antiquarians)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=211
The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas - A BOOK by David Lovie & Neil Jinkerson
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=211 (The 2nd of the two books on this post)
The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas - A BOOK by J W Stafford
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=212
A Short Guide to the Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas - A BOOK by Hugh Robert Clelland (Senior Warden)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=212 (The 2nd of the two books on this post)
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 21 - Centenary of the 'Diocese of Newcastle' (1882-1982) issued 6th December 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2064
Bishop Arthur Thomas Lloyd (3rd Bishop of Newcastle) his memorial in St Nicholas Cathedral
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2265
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1866
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1868
Queen Victoria Monument, St Nicholas' Cathedral
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...1&postcount=98
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=106
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=108
The LION sculpture on the Pulpit Stairs, in St Nicholas Cathedral
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1708
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1717


St Nicholas Cemetery, Wingrove Avenue/Nuns Moor Road, Fenham
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1068
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1070
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1668

St Paul's Church, Elswick
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2232

St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=243

St Stephens Church - Clumber St/Brunel St, Scotswood, Newcastle
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=425
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=433
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=438
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=439

St Thomas' Church (Haymarket)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=398
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=399
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=403


..C
Ca - Cg


Ce


CEMETERIES & BURIAL GROUNDS, IN THE NEWCASTLE AREA . . .

St Andrews Cemetery, Jesmond
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=994
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=996
Jewish Cemetery in Newcastle (Thornton Street/Peel Lane, the 'Hidden Cemetery')
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=913
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=916
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=919
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=925
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=927
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2006
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2007
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2012
St Paul's Church & Chapel - Graveyard in Elswick (Nr junction of Elswick Road & Westgate Road)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=481
Jesmond Old Cemetery Crypts
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=74
A Fine and Private Place: Jesmond Old Cemetery - A BOOK by Alan Morgan
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=235
Newcastle General Cemetery - John Dobson designed Entrance (third main photo on this post)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=441
Beyond The Grave: Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds - A BOOK by Alan Morgan
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=258
Gateshead East Cemetery
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1728
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1731
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1732
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1733
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1734
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1736
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...0&postcount=45 (Heritage Open Day 2011, Visit)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=425
Burial Grounds near the 'Old Newcastle Gaol'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=171
Richard Grainger's Grave, in St James' Churchyard
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2263
Ballast Hills - A burial area at the Southern end of the Lower Ouseburn Valley
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1324
St John's Cemetery, Elswick - and the 1925 Montagu View Pit Disaster, Scotswood
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2620
Belgian Cemetery, Birtley, Gateshead
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...9&postcount=88
John Dobson - His Grave in Jesmond Old Cemetery
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1969
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1971
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1975


..J
Ja - Jg


Je


JEWISH ISSUES (RELIGIOUS PLACES ETC) IN NEWCASTLE . . .

Jewish Cemetery in Newcastle (Thornton St/Peel Lane, the 'Hidden Cemetery')
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=913
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=916
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=919
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=925
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=927
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2006
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2007
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2012
Thornton Street Synagogue
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=117
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1122
Black Bull / Bodega (Public House backing onto hidden cemetery) Westgate Road
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2021
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2027
The Gateshead Jewish Settlements
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=116
Ravenswoth Synagogue, Summerhill, Newcastle
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=952
Eskdale Terrace Synagogue, Jesmond, Newcastle
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1132
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1133
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1134
Jewish Newcastle and 'St Johns Cemetery' in Elswick
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1121
North East Jewish Community Fades (BBC News Article, 17th May 2011)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2054


..W
Wa - Wg


Wa


WAR MEMORIALS / CENOTAPHS . . .
War/Wartime - See various entries below, but ALSO see further down this page, under 'World War Two'.

South African War Memorial ('Dirty Angel')
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...9&postcount=44
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1121
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1122
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1123
The 'Cenotaph' in Old Eldon Square
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=260
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=358
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4402
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1241
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=138
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=417
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=419 (3rd image on this post)
The new seats in Old Eldon Square (part of the 2008 re-furb, enhanced in 2011) dedicated to those who died in wartime
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=464
Old Eldon Square on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 1967
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=503
Royal Tank Regiment Memorial, Barras Bridge
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=977
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=983
1914-18 War / Northumberland Fusiliers / Renwick Memorial - Barras Bridge
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1860
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1956
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2220
Whitley Bay Cenotaph and War Memorial
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=104
Newcastle Breweries War Memorial Plaque
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...6&postcount=68

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So, off we go on this very interesting topic.

The first religious building to be discussed in this new thread is, St Thomas' Church, Haymarket . . .

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Old December 19th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, as it used to look . . .


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There have been a few hundred 'Newcastle Sandstone' buildings in the City Centre, black from the grime of the early nineteenth century, that have all been magnificently cleaned up, mostly in the 1960s and 70s.

All of Grey Street, Grainger Street, Hood Street, Shakespeare Street, Nun Street, Collingwood Street, Mosely Street . . . the list goes on.

There are only two prominent "soot black" buildings (that I can think of) remaining to be cleaned, and they are very close to eachother. One is 'Claremont Buildings' at the bottom of Claremont Road, and the second one is St Thomas' Church, just opposite.

There may be others, but those have been the ones that have stuck in my mind for a while.
So, my point is that despite the VERY favourable reaction to the four soot-black photos posted recently on the 'Historic Newcastle' thread, I think the entire City Centre (not just the Graingertown area) is MUCH better off since the buildings (including those in the four photos) were thoroughly cleaned up!

In my old post (copied above) I mentioned that one of the few remaining uncleaned buildings, that would REALLY BENEFIT from a clean, in my opinion was St Thomas' Church in the Haymarket.

We all know what it looks like now . . well here is a picture of it that shows what it used to look like, and what it would look like again, if it were cleaned . . .



Which is best?


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I thought I might have got some 'strong views' on the stone-cleaning post above . . particularly about St Thomas Church.

See below for how it looks today . .

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Here is another 'before and after' photo of the impact of stone cleaning on the sandstone buildings of the City Centre, just look at the Central Station being cleaned in 1973 (Photo from Issue 150, April 1973, Newcastle CITY NEWS) . .



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st thomas's looks a little too bright in that drawing, but i would love to see it cleaned.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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Good stuff Historian!! I never actually realised that St Thomas was covered in soot. I actually thought it was just made of black stone ( what an idiot!)

Any idea why it hasnt been cleaned?
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Funnily enough the last time i was walking past St Thomas i was thinking how a good clean would improve the look considerably
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Ward Hadaway helps St Nicholas Cathedral project
Apr 1 2010 by Iain Laing, The Journal



LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped with an ambitious project to revitalise the surroundings of one of Tyneside’s most historic buildings.

The Newcastle firm has worked with the Dean and Chapter of St Nicholas Cathedral on the Heart of the City Project, which aims to bring new life to the area surrounding the Newcastle cathedral and bring out the best in the iconic structure.

As part of the scheme, the cathedral has acquired 42-44 Mosley Street, a building next to St Nicholas Cathedral designed by Newcastle Theatre Royal designer Benjamin Green.

Property experts from Ward Hadaway, led by partner and head of commercial development Lesley Fairclough, worked on a pro-bono basis to advise the Dean and Chapter on the successful acquisition of the building after being contacted by John Squires OBE, chairman of motor vehicle dealers and Ward Hadaway client Benfield Motor Group and a lay canon of St Nicholas.

Ward Hadaway’s licensing team also helped the Dean and Chapter – again on a pro-bono basis – by ensuring that adverts for a late-night venue near to the cathedral do not impinge on the cathedral’s bounds.

Over the next five years, the cathedral plans to transform 42-44 Mosley Street into a centre for its activities and a gateway to the cathedral itself.

A shop and advice desk are planned for the ground-floor unit while the remaining three floors will include an administrative centre, conference facilities and meeting spaces, a base for Newcastle’s Street Pastor project and offices for voluntary agencies.
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The St Mary's Cathedral "Piazza" proposals, from 1979.





Now, in case anyone doesn't think the above is very different from what we have now, then have a look at the below photograph of what that view of our Roman Catholic Cathedral was like, at the time these proposals were made . .



For most of its life, the "back view" of the cathedral (as seen from Central Station in the above photo) was simply a very high 'black' unbroken wall, with no entrance through it whatsoever. The cathedral and grounds were completely impenetrable, from the Central Station side. In fact (as the above photo also shows) the entire cathedral (not just the back wall) was a dirty black colour, which is how it remained until it was all cleaned and the back entrance opened up, in fairly recent times.

Here is the full newspaper article, detailing the 'piazza' proposals, which was SO radically different from what was there then. The article is from the Evening Chronicle, Friday March 23rd 1979 . .




Finally, here is what that same view (from the 'piazza' proposals and from that 'old black' photo above) looks like NOW . . .



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I think what we have here now is the best solution. I'm glad the wall is not there anymore and that there's now a public space instead, but I also think it's better without the extension that was proposed in the newspaper article above. The extension with the book shop and cafe on the other side which is there now is more tasteful in my opinion.
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I think I agree Andrew, the cleaned up cathedral and the 'Cardinal Basil Hume' statue, really create an excellent impression, at what is often an entry point to our City for many visitors.

At the time though, I really hoped those 1979 plans would go ahead (they still would have looked very good today) as the way the cathedral looked then, was not (to me) very impressive at all!

On balance though, what we have now has turned out to be a very good option.
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Interesting to note that the piazza option was "all steps" - no notions of disability access, even as recently as 1979! How times change, and in the case of access for all, much for the better (I'm presuming there is a ramp to Cardinal Bas round the side, behind the red minicab).
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Re the "1979 St Mary's Cathedral Piazza" proposals that never happened (HERE) . . .
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=330


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Interesting to note that the piazza option was "all steps" - no notions of disability access, even as recently as 1979! How times change, and in the case of access for all, much for the better (I'm presuming there is a ramp to Cardinal Bas round the side, behind the red minicab).

Yes, access from the pavement, as shown in this photo . .

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Lottery cash boost for Hexham Abbey project
September 27th 2010, by Tony Henderson, The Journal



PLANS can now be drawn up for the return of a building lost to an abbey more than 450 years ago.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will today announce its initial support for £1.8m project by Hexham Abbey.

It means that plans can now be developed for a major heritage regeneration project which aims to breathe life back into former monastic buildings adjoining the abbey.

The project has been awarded £175,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help develop plans which include re-acquiring and refurbishing the Carnaby Building and monastic workshops adjoining the abbey, which were lost to the church at the time of the Reformation.

The Carnaby building was last used by Northumberland County Council social services department but has been empty for more than a year.

Project manager Fiona Standfield said: “A lot of money will have to be spent to consolidate the building.”

The abbey proposals for use of the building include interpretation and education centres and space for community uses.

The building would be used to tell the story of Hexham, the role of the abbey in its history and Northumberland as a cradle of Christianity.

“Hexham has a huge amount of heritage and history and the project would mean we would be in a position to share that with people,” said Fiona.


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Bid to protect Old Eldon Square War Memorial
October 6th 2010, by Amy Hunt, Evening Chronicle



A CRACKDOWN on yobs defacing the area around a historic war memorial has been launched.

Police and council chiefs are sick of people drinking, dropping litter and vandalising Old Eldon Square, which is supposed to be an area for quiet reflection in Newcastle city centre.

In recent months a man urinated on the cenotaph and graffiti was daubed on benches dedicated to fallen soldiers.

Now Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police have joined forces to clamp down on young people and adults damaging the area as well as causing disruption to shoppers and businesses.

They have promised to target “loutish behaviour” through patrols by officers from the city’s neighbourhood policing team and the council’s enforcement section, supported by Eldon Square security staff.

They will be issuing “direction to leave notices” to order troublemakers out of the area and keep them away for up to 48 hours, with the threat of arrest and prosecution if they breach the order. The action is in response to concerns of the public and veterans who have complained about offensive behaviour. Police also found more people misbehaving, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

Since patrols were stepped up in August council enforcement officers have spoken to, and advised people to stop anti-social behaviour on 497 occasions.

Parents of children who have been caught littering have received warning letters.

Deputy council leader, Coun Anita Lower, executive member for neighbourhoods and public protection, said: “Old Eldon Square is the most important open space we have in the city centre.

“Over the last year we’ve received an increasing number of complaints about anti-social behaviour which we take very seriously. As a result we’ve targeted more resources at Old Eldon Square to deal with the problems and send a clear message that we won’t tolerate it.

“Our enforcement officers are tackling bad behaviour, such as littering and vandalism to the war memorial – and will continue to do so in a proactive way with assistance from the police.”


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The little park outside the front of the Cathedral seems to be undergoing a bit of a re-vamp



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This 'smaller project' has been covered earlier in this thread . . .

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Ward Hadaway helps St Nicholas Cathedral project
Apr 1 2010 by Iain Laing, The Journal



LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped with an ambitious project to revitalise the surroundings of one of Tyneside’s most historic buildings.

The Newcastle firm has worked with the Dean and Chapter of St Nicholas Cathedral on the Heart of the City Project, which aims to bring new life to the area surrounding the Newcastle cathedral and bring out the best in the iconic structure.

As part of the scheme, the cathedral has acquired 42-44 Mosley Street, a building next to St Nicholas Cathedral designed by Newcastle Theatre Royal designer Benjamin Green.

Property experts from Ward Hadaway, led by partner and head of commercial development Lesley Fairclough, worked on a pro-bono basis to advise the Dean and Chapter on the successful acquisition of the building after being contacted by John Squires OBE, chairman of motor vehicle dealers and Ward Hadaway client Benfield Motor Group and a lay canon of St Nicholas.

Ward Hadaway’s licensing team also helped the Dean and Chapter – again on a pro-bono basis – by ensuring that adverts for a late-night venue near to the cathedral do not impinge on the cathedral’s bounds.

Over the next five years, the cathedral plans to transform 42-44 Mosley Street into a centre for its activities and a gateway to the cathedral itself.

A shop and advice desk are planned for the ground-floor unit while the remaining three floors will include an administrative centre, conference facilities and meeting spaces, a base for Newcastle’s Street Pastor project and offices for voluntary agencies.

It was mentioned again yesterday (with some good photos) by Stamford,on the 'open spaces' thread . . .


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. . . and the below article from todays JOURNAL appears to confirm the earlier article in this thread as well as explaining what is going on in Stamfords recent photos, above . . .


Work begins on St Nicholas Cathedral project
November 5th 2010, The Journal


WORK has started on the next phase of a major project to “reawaken” a cathedral.

The square containing the statue of Queen Victoria in front of the north door of St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle is being transformed in a venture with a touch of star quality.

It is part of a £3m, five-year programme to reinvigorate the cathedral, raising its profile and making it a bigger draw for more people.

At present St Nicholas Square has a raised platform built in the 1950s to prevent parking.

“But it forms quite a barrier to the cathedral,” said cathedral development project manager Canon Dr Michael Jackson, who lectured in civil engineering at Newcastle University before being ordained. The platform is being removed and the whole area, including a cobbled lane in front of the cathedral, will be paved to create a square for visitors, congregation and events.

The star will be picked out in lighter stone and there will also be landscape planting. The square will improve the setting of the cathedral and the star will emphasise the entrance in what is a partnership project by the cathedral, city council and business district improvement company NE1.


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In continuation of

Here are some photos, that were published in the Evening Chronicle, later today . . .






The existing paltform in front of St Nicholas Cathedral, will be removed and the area will be paved to create a square for visitors, congregation and events.

The cobbled lane in front of the cathedral will also be removed.

A star will be picked out in lighter stone on the ground, and there will also be landscape planting.

The new square will improve the setting of the cathedral and the 'stone star' will emphasis the entrance in what is a partnership project by the cathedral, the city council and business district improvement company NE1.

Future parts of the project include new lighting, heating and easier access.


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So the big curvy thing... is that a wall, or a hedge, or a great big bench, or what?
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So the big curvy thing... is that a wall, or a hedge, or a great big bench, or what?

Difficult to be certain, but I looked as closely at it as I could, and I took it to be a "closely cropped" tree-hedge, with the trees cropped in the same sort of style as all the ones around the new Poly (sorry, Northumbria Uni!) lanscaped areas, such as Northumberland Road and the route through from there to the bridge over the CME.
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