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WHAT IS THIS THREAD ABOUT?

Throughout our local history, there have been many notable and historical events, people and places that have been “commemorated” for posterity, in one way or another.

While a number of these have already been mentioned on the Historic Newcastle thread (amongst others) I thought that a specifically dedicated thread where these could ALL be recorded in one place, would be a useful addition to the Forum.

For example, often in our urban environment we have marked the presence of people by the use of plaques on the buildings where they have worked, or been born.
This thread could be used to highlight those people and those buildings, showing how they have been commemorated.

On other occasions, events, people and places in our region, have been commemorated by the creation and issue of souvenirs of some sort, that people have collected.

Those can be shown on this thread, also.

So, if anyone can think of anything that falls under the heading of “a physical commemoration or souvenir of historical people, events and places of Newcastle and the North East” please put them on this thread.

I will kick off the thread with the series of “Local Commemorative Covers”, that were originally shown on the Historic Newcastle thread . . .

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part One

Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

I thought it would be interesting to show a series of them here on the Historic Newcastle thread.

To start us off, I have copied over to here (from the Books thread) Steve Ellwood's post of earlier today, showing three first day covers covering Concorde's first visit to Newcastle Airport in 1982 . . .


Here are some Commemorative First Day Covers from Concorde's first visit to Newcastle in 1982.







 

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part Two


Here are a couple of important local occasions, with their dates immortalised in First Day Covers.

These two covers commemorate two Tyne and Wear Metro occasions . . .


1 - The Royal Opening of the Metro Bridge, which I watched from an upstairs window of the old Bonded Warehouses on Hanover Street, on 6th November 1981 . .





2 - The first ten years of the Metro (1980 to 1990) which was 'franked' at the Gateshead Garden Festival on 11th August 1990 . .



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Part Three

The launching of HMS Newcastle from Swan Hunters Neptune Yard on 24th April 1975 - of course the Warship, a Type 42 Destroyer was decommissioned 1st February 2005. By co-incidence she was scrapped at the same Turkish yard as the ill fated Tuxedo Princess.

 

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Part Four


Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

In 1980 it was a great year to be a 'fan' of the City of Newcastle, as there was such a very large number of 'events', 'souvenirs' and 'new books' (amongst many other things) around, to commemorate NEWCASTLE 900.

Of course, there were some First Day Covers too : three to be precise . . .


16th April 1980 . .



14th June 1980 . .



20th September 1980 . .




Previous parts in this series, on this thread . . .

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 1 - Concorde's First Visit to Newcastle Airport, 27th & 28th August 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849531&postcount=1603

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 2 - Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge Opening in 1981, and Ten Years of Metro 1980 to 1990
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849799&postcount=1604

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 3 - The Launch of HMS Newcastle, on 24th April 1975
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73851301&postcount=1605

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Here are some photographs of a medal that I have which commemorates an Exhibition that was 'possibly' held at St Nicholas Cathedral during 1840.

The rather long title for the Exhibition being - Exhibition of Objects connected with Art, Manufacture and Science at Newcastle 1840.



 

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This is a coin that I have which commemorates the Coronation Celebration of the wedding of King Edward the 7th to Queen Alexandra, 26th June 1902. The coin is bronze and on one side features a raised profile of both the King and Queen. On the other side is the Newcastle Upon Tyne Coat of Arms, with the date of the wedding, the name of Henry W Newton (Mayor) and the legend "Coronation Celebration Newcastle Upon Tyne".



 

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Here are some photographs of a medal that I have which commemorates an Exhibition that was 'possibly' held at St Nicholas Cathedral during 1840.

The rather long title for the Exhibition being - Exhibition of Objects connected with Art, Manufacture and Science at Newcastle 1840.



11 years before the Great Exhibition! Do you know anything more abou it, Steve?
 

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11 years before the Great Exhibition! Do you know anything more abou it, Steve?
Just been reading through The Northern Liberator (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), Saturday, March 28, 1840; Issue 128. - available via Gale News Vault through the City Library E- Resources . I used the search term Newcastle Exhibition

From the newspaper:
The Exhibition was actually held at the The Northern Academy of Arts on Blackett Street. Opening on Tuesday the 7th of April from 10 o'clock in the morning until 10 o'clock in the evening and will continue open during the same days each day (Sunday excepted) until further notice.

The article then describes the art, science and other items that are on show.

Single admission was 6d, season tickets 2s 6d. Catalogues 6d.


Not too sure where I sourced this piece of information as it was a long while ago but suspect it may have come from the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle - Monthly Chronicle of North Country Lore and Legend:

Polytechnic Exhibition, held on April 6, 1840.

We gather from Mr. Latimer's continuation of Sykes's Local Records that the affair was intended for the benefit of the Mechanics' Institutes of Newcastle and Gateshead, and the North of England Fine Arts Society.

The exhibition, which was of the most extensive character, was entered by the Academy of Arts, Blackett Street, where a number of beautiful paintings were exhibited. The Joiners' Hall, entered from the last-named apartment, was fitted up for the exhibition of a large microscope and other optical instruments. A temporary gallery thrown across High Friar Street connected the rooms in Blackett Street with others in Grainger Street and Nelson Street.

In the Victoria Room (now the Northumberland Hall) the articles displayed were so numerous and splendid as almost to defy description; but Mr. Orde's racing trophies, won by Beeswing, a marvellous collection of English manufactures in porcelain, bronze, steel, silver, and glass, a series of beautiful coats of mail, and a great variety of ornithological specimens by Mr. Hancock, may be particularly enumerated.

A short staircase led from the Victoria Room to the Music Hall, which was almost entirely devoted to machinery and manufactures, and to which the continual movement of so many articles imparted great animation.

This brilliant exhibition was finally closed by a soiree on Wednesday, September 2, when the receipts were found to have reached £4,458 15s. Id., leaving a clear surplus, for the benefit of the three institutions, of upwards of £1,500.

On April 24, 1848, another Polytechnic Exhibition was held in the building, when the arrangements were almost precisely similar to those made for the previous exhibition in 1840. The Academy of Arts was afterwards let to an auctioneer, the late Mr. Charles Brough, who found its large space eminently suited to the display of his customers' goods.
Here are a couple of drawings of the The Northern Academy of Arts:





It appears that the Academy had a frontage on Blackett Street, possibly opposite "Old" Eldon Square and had a "bridge" across High Friar Street linking it to the Music Hall and Mechanics Institute that fronts onto Nelson Street. That frontage is still there, albeit the internal building parts have again been swallowed up by the new Eldon Square Shopping Centre.
 

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A bit more about the Northern Academy of Arts, from the 'Newcastle Art' thread, on 3rd November 2009 . . .

The "Art for Newcastle" Exhibition / The Northern Academy of Arts.

This exhibition was held in 1984, and a book produced at the time shows all the exhibits, but also reveals an interesting story about "The Struggle for Control of Art Exhibitions in Newcastle in the 19th Century." The book also contains an excellent view of Blackett Street in 1970 (where the 'Northern Academy of Arts' was) showing the junction that was still there in 1970 with Clayton Street. It is worth having the book just for that rare photo, in itself!!





The Northern Academy of Arts building, drawn in 1828 . .


The same building, shown on this photo of Blackett Street, near it's junction with Clayton Street, opposite 'Old' Eldon Square. The 'Northern Academy of Arts' building is (by the time this photo was taken in 1970) the HAWKINS shop on the extreme left of the below photo . . .
 

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part Five


Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

I thought it was appropriate to show this one now, in view of the work currently being done on the Metro Line between Byker and Tynemouth (necessitating temporary closure) and the various articles around describing this stretch as the oldest commuter line in the UK.

This First Day Cover concerns first electrification of this line (with the first train on 29th March 1904) and the full 'circle route' electrification being completed on 1st January 1909.

This cover (in effect) celebrates the centenary of both of the above dates (both are shown on it) and was issued on the centenary of the 1909 completion date, on 1st January 2009 . . .







Previous parts in this series, on this thread . . .

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 1 - Concorde's First Visit to Newcastle Airport, 27th & 28th August 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849531&postcount=1603
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 2 - Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge Opening in 1981, and Ten Years of Metro 1980 to 1990
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849799&postcount=1604
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 3 - The Launch of HMS Newcastle, on 24th April 1975
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73851301&postcount=1605
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 4 - Three 1980 "Newcastle 900" Covers
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74015777&postcount=1650

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part Six


Amongst the various Historic Occasions from our Local History that have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' are a number of Newcastle United important events.

I don't have very many of them, I wonder if other posters on here have some others?


4th May 1074 - FA Cup Final v Liverpool . .



28th February 1976 - League Cup Final v Manchester City . .





Previous parts in this series, on this thread . . .

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 1 - Concorde's First Visit to Newcastle Airport, 27th & 28th August 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849531&postcount=1603
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 2 - Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge Opening in 1981, and Ten Years of Metro 1980 to 1990
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849799&postcount=1604
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 3 - The Launch of HMS Newcastle, on 24th April 1975
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73851301&postcount=1605
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 4 - Three 1980 "Newcastle 900" Covers
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74015777&postcount=1650
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 5 - Electrification of Tyneside Railways in 1904 (Completion in 1909)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74260935&postcount=1662

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Queen Elizabeth Naming the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Just been digging through some papers now that I am able to get up into my attic office - oh the joy of being surrounded by my goods and chattels!

Anyway, here's a little piece of memorabilia that folk might be interested in -HM Queen Elizabeth's visit to Tyneside and her naming of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on 7th May 2002.











 

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part Seven


Amongst the various Historic Occasions from our Local History that have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' are a number
of Newcastle United important events.

We have seen the 1974 and 1976 Cup Final Covers, this one is from 1992 and commemorates "Newcastle United Centenary Year".

The Centenary Year of 1992 celebrated the 100 years existence of the club since 1892, and this cover was issued on 10th November 1992 . . .







Previous parts in this series, on this thread . . .

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 1 - Concorde's First Visit to Newcastle Airport, 27th & 28th August 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849531&postcount=1603
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 2 - Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge Opening in 1981, and Ten Years of Metro 1980 to 1990
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849799&postcount=1604
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 3 - The Launch of HMS Newcastle, on 24th April 1975
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73851301&postcount=1605
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 4 - Three 1980 "Newcastle 900" Covers
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74015777&postcount=1650
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 5 - Electrification of Tyneside Railways in 1904 (Completion in 1909)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74260935&postcount=1662
Historic Local First day Covers: Part 6 - Newcastle United 'FA Cup Final 1974' and 'League Cup Final 1976'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74546489&postcount=1684

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Part Ten

Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

This is definitely one of my FAVOURITE 'local covers', the Tyne Bridge Golden Jubilee (1928-1978).

This Cover was issued by the 'Tyneside Junior Chamber of Commerce' (and the Evening Chronicle) on 10th October 1978 . . .







Previous parts in this series, on this thread . . .

Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 1 - Concorde's First Visit to Newcastle Airport, 27th & 28th August 1982
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849531&postcount=1603
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 2 - Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge Opening in 1981, and Ten Years of Metro 1980 to 1990
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73849799&postcount=1604
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 3 - The Launch of HMS Newcastle, on 24th April 1975
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=73851301&postcount=1605
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 4 - Three 1980 "Newcastle 900" Covers
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74015777&postcount=1650
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 5 - Electrification of Tyneside Railways in 1904 (Completion in 1909)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74260935&postcount=1662
Historic Local First day Covers: Part 6 - Newcastle United 'FA Cup Final 1974' and 'League Cup Final 1976'
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74546489&postcount=1684
Historic Local First day Covers: Part 7 - Newcastle United Centenary Year 1982 (celebrating 100 years from 1892 to 1992)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74776309&postcount=1710
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 8 - RNLB George & Olive Turner (Tynemouth, 28 June 1980) and 'Submarines' (N Shields, 10 April 2001)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74779397&postcount=1711
Historic Local First Day Covers: Part 9 - Launch of BUA Glasgow/Newcastle/Amsterdam flights (British and Dutch stamped covers) 5th November 1968
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74850671&postcount=1712

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Part Eleven

Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

This one is from 1985, and celebrates the official centenary of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle newspaper, and was issued on 2nd November 1985 . . .






There are now too many "previous parts" of this series on this thread, to be listed here at the end of each new post, in the way I have done so far. The full list (with 'links' to each individual post) can easily be found though, listed under "F" (First Day Covers) on the INDEX Thread.

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Historic Local First Day Covers.
Part Twelve

Quite a few Historic Occasions from our Local History have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' either by the Post Office themselves, or by local organisations.

The "Tall Ships Race" has visited Newcastle on three occasions in recent times, in 1986, 1993 and 2005. I do not know if a Cover was issued for 1993 and 2005, but the below cover celebrates the first ever visit, in 1986.

It was issued on July 19th 1986 . . .






A complete list of all the 'First Day Covers' in this series (with 'links' to each individual post) can now be found listed under "F" on the INDEX Thread.

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Part Thirteen


Amongst the various Historic Occasions from our Local History that have been commemorated by the issue of 'First Day Covers' are a number
of Newcastle United important events.

We have already seen the Centenary Year cover, celebrating the first 100 years of the club, in 1992.

HERE - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=74776309&postcount=1710

There was an earlier cover from 1972, which celebrated the first 80 years of the club, which was issued on 11th November 1972 . . .






A complete list of all the 'First Day Covers' in this series (with 'links' to each individual post) can now be found listed under "F" on the INDEX Thread.

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