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When did trams actually leave Newcastle, and what was the reason at the time? It's such a shame that pretty much every city was sorted for public transport before we all started getting cars, and now everywhere's screwed!
Trams left Newcastle for good around 1950 when the road networks were becoming congested and trolley buses were beginning to dominate. It wasn't worth investing in the upkeep of the tramway system so they were ripped up and paved over. Incidently, I'm sure someone may correct me but I think the trolley buses actually operated from about 1935 till the late 60's :eek:kay:
 

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Blackett Street, 1955 and 1901 compared at the same spot . .

... 1955 (posted by Newcastle Historian)

.. Same view c.1901 showing the laying of electric tram lines
Excellent comparison photos . . notice, the 1901 photo is even before Emerson Chambers was built!! I think that was built about 1906/1910, or thereabouts.
 

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The 'Oxfam Shop' corner on Percy Street, as it used to be!

Everyone's favourite BLOT ON THE LANDSCAPE (certainly mine, although "least favourite" would be a better description) is the street-spoiling OXFAM SHOP, on Percy Street (corner with St Thomas St).

THIS, is what was on this site until the 1960s . . . The Palace Theatre.



Will this site EVER be developed???
 

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Probably in readiness for the Central Motorway West and/or East-West Motorway (the underground one).
 

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tyneside truly was the world capital of the railways in the olden days. you can still find many newcastle locomotives in train musuems around the world today - which is related to a new thread im going to start up in the next week.

the royal arcade building is stunning, never seen that angle before. what a perfect piece of architecture, and how bitter the loss.
 

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Gateshead aerial from the late 60's I guess due to the Get Carter nearing completion by the looks of it?:

Excellent, that photo is even BEFORE the building of the "centrally heated" aerial motorway, that was so clever it virtually went into the windows of some only recently built modern blocks of flats near the Town centre . . . You can see the route where the raised road was going (very soon) to be built, "leftwards" from the big roundabout you can see at the bottom/middle of the photo!!

That was 'planning' for you!
 

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Various HISTORIC PHOTOS that have been posted onto the "Central Hotel Bar" development thread . . .



News this week that the Central Hotel at the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge is to be redeveloped. As many people know it's a great looking, grade II listed building that should be great when redeveloped. The Head of Steam group (The Cluny, Tilleys, etc) are taking it on. The work is set to cost £1.1m. Sorry I couldn't find a more recent image!! http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2009/10/13/head-of-steam-buy-up-central-hotel-in-gateahead-72703-24917561/
If you think that is an OLD photo . . . how about this one then??



and, here is a much more recent one . . .



also, here is the INSIDE, taken in 1997. Personally, I love these genuine old wooden pub interiors, my old favourite pub in the 1980s, The Burton House next to the old BBC building, used to have one just as good!

and, I have just found this photo from 1920 . . .



It is interesting to see such a historic building, as it has been over the many years of it's life . . .
 

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Excellent, that photo is even BEFORE the building of the "centrally heated" aerial motorway, that was so clever it virtually went into the windows of some only recently built modern blocks of flats near the Town centre . . . You can see the route where the raised road was going (very soon) to be built, "leftwards" from the big roundabout you can see at the bottom/middle of the photo!!

That was 'planning' for you!
that would be this one then ..

looking north during construction .. .. what a wonderful sight :eek:hno:

notice how desolate gateshead looks after all that terraced housing had been razed !!

 

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Gateshead Town Centre, prior to the 1960's . . .

What was Gateshead town centre like before the 60s?
This is MORE like it, I managed to find this photo . . .


Title: High Street, Gateshead, 1950s

Photographer: Unknown
Date: Date Unknown
Reference Number: GL003024

Item Description: Until the construction of the Tyne Bridge in the 1920s, Gateshead High Street ran unobstructed from its head at the junction with
Sunderland Road to the foot at the junction with Bottle Bank and Church Street. Shops lined both sides of the street continuing
all the way down Bottle Bank and Bridge Street to the river.

Trams ran down the High Street as far as the railway bridge which can just been seen in the background of this photograph. After the bridge they
turned left onto the tram terminus at Hills Street as the road leading down Bottle Bank was too steep for a tram to travel.
Some of the largest shops on the High Street were situated in this area of the High Street including Hedley’s,
Younghusband’s and Snowball’s. All three shops began life as drapers shops, selling material for clothes making.
Snowball’s Department store was so successful that it expanded and by 1889 employed over 200 people.

and this one . . .


and also this one . . .
 

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THE NEWCASTLE SUBURBS (No. 1) . . .
Gosforth, Newcastle 3


So far the old 'Historic Photos' of Newcastle have concentrated mainly on the City Centre, so I thought it was time we posted some photos from other parts of Newcastle, starting with my favourite old photo of Gosforth High Street in 1903 . .



The High Street again, this time looking 'very old' back in 1895 . . .


A 'little bit' more up to date - the High Street in 1952, showing (white building towards the back) one of Newcastle's longest lasting suburban cinemas - The Royalty.
 

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THE NEWCASTLE SUBURBS (No. 2) . . .
Jesmond, Newcastle 2.


Not such an 'old' photo really, but one that certainly shows some differences from now - this was taken in 1970 along Osborne Road, and where are all the open air bars?


This is a great photo from 1910 (taken from the Osborne Road junction with Holly Avenue (I used to live in Holly Ave . . but not then!) Again, the buildings are exactly the same ones, but HOW different it all looks now, with all the open air bars, etc . .


Now how many people remember Chapmans Siesta Furnishing (now in Carliol Square, on John Dobson St) being here on the corner of Jesmond Road and the Great North Road?


The Flora Robson Playhouse on Benton Bank, Jesmond Vale. Here it is in 1971, being demolished to make way for a "Cradlewell Bypass" project that did not happen. It was only recently that a Cradlewell Bypass was finally built.


and I couldn't resist this one . . .

The text above refers to it as the 'Jesmond Playhouse', but at the time of it's demolition in 1971, it was called The Flora Robson Playhouse.
 

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THE NEWCASTLE SUBURBS (No. 3) . . .
Westerhope, Newcastle 5.


My favourite part of Westerhope, The Jingling Gate shown here back in 1977 . . looking very similar to nowadays, I think?


But, back in 1910, the Jingling Gate did look a bit different!

 

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THE NEWCASTLE SUBURBS (No. 4) . . .
Byker, Newcastle 6.


I had many good times here in the 70s . . . well, I remember going in a lot of times, but I'm not too certain after that!


Shields Road in 1974, looking very different to now. This is just along from Parrishes Department Store (I cannot find an old photo with Parrishes in it, I'll keep on looking!). But, how unusual is that, to have a genuine fully-fledged Department Store in Newcastle OUTSIDE the City Centre! It closed in the 1980s, became Michael Parrish Electrical Discount Store for a while, and now has been converted (mostly) to residential accommodation.


The back streets of Byker were GREAT places. This is Albion Row in 1969, but for me it was the identical Brinkburn Street that I grew up in through the late 60s. Each one of the back doors was a 'goal' for endless football matches. It was like that until the 70s, when the Byker wall was built.
 
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