A walk around Newcastle City Centre


For this city centre walk, we’re journeying to the North East of England, and the historic city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. It starts in Grainger Town, heads past the Holly Jesus Hospital, through Manor and Northumbria University, past the Monument, through China Town and
Blackfriars, before arriving back at the start. It’s about 4 ½ miles and should take about
3 hours – or slightly more with the excellent shopping! Arriving in the city by train means to best place to begin is Grainger Street, in Grainger Town – the historic heart of
Newcastle. Based around classical streets built by local born developer Richard Grainger, Grainger Town features some of the finest
buildings in the city. Of Grainger Towns’ 450 building, 244 are
listed. The area features are grade 1 listed covered
market, home to perhaps the smallest branch of Marks
& Spencer – a market stall. We continue onto Grey Street , built in the
1830s by Grainger and the architect John Dobson
– who later designed Newcastle Central railway
station. Grey Street is the home of the magnificent
Theatre Royal, with perhaps the finest Theatre facades in
the UK. It was built in 1837 and opened 3 months before Queen Victoria came to the throne. It is rumoured the ghosts of 2 ladies haunt
the theatre – one is of an actress who committed suicide
in 1935, and the other a woman who was thrown over one of the balconies to her death. We carry on along Grey Street and turn left on to Mosley Road, and here at number 13, a young Joseph Swan joined John Mawson’s
chemist business in 1846. It was Swan’s experiments here that led
to his invention of bromide paper for photographic
printing – a version of which is still used today. Swan’s other major invention – the incandescent
electric light bulb – has only just begun to be phased out of use,
some 140 years later. At the corner with the Pilgrim Street roundabout, we turn right, and head underneath the busy
road via the subway, which brings us out beneath
the impressive viaduct which carries the East
Coast Main Line above parts the city. Around the other side, and in view of the
famous Tyne Bridge built in 1928 are the remains
of something rather more older – Newcastle’s
medieval town walls. This is a corner tower, one of 17 along the
3 km or 2 miles long wall, with protected the town
against the threat of invasion from Scottish armies. Much more of the old town walls survive in
the west side of the city, and we’ll see more
of them later. Back under the viaduct, and in front is the Holly Jesus Hospital, opened in 1682, and
built on the spot once taken by an Augustinian Friary which existed here between the early 1300s
and 1539. It wasn’t a hospital in the way we know
today, but sheltered accommodation for the retired
skilled workers and tradesman of the town – called
freemen. Their widows and unmarried dependant children
could also apply. Each room was home to only one person – all of the cooking, eating and sleeping was
done in this room. At the time, the rooms were considered very
large for one person and records show that it was normal
for up to eight people to live in a room the same size
on the quayside. The Holy Jesus Hospital was lived in until
1937, and today it is owned and cared for by the
National Trust. Heading back under through the subway and
onto Pilgrim Street, bearing North West, and on
the left is Alderman Fenwick’s house – a Grade 1 listed early 17th century merchant’s
house, which was greatly restored by the Tyne and Wear Buildings Preservation Trust
in the 1990s. It is important as it is one of only two intact 17th century brick buildings that survive
in the city – the other being the Holy Jesus Hospital. At the top of Pilgrims Street, we take a right onto New Bridge Street West and past the Laing Art Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of paintings
by local artist John Martin. They also do a good
cup of tea… From there, it’s over the very busy A167(M)
towards Manors. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries
which started in 1536, the Augustinian Friary which was on the site
of the Holly Jesus Hospital was taken-over by King
Henry 8th and the surrounding area became known as Kings
Manor. Next, it’s a walk through the modern campus
of Northumbria University – the original Newcastle Polytechnic. This City Campus East opened in September
2007, with this new footbridge opening in 2008. This is Number 4 Ellison Place, which was
the birth place of Cardinal Basil Hume, leader of the Catholic church in England and
Wales from 1976 until his sudden death from abdominal
cancer in 1999. Just around the corner is the City Hall, which
opened in 1927. Across the road is an often overlooked piece
of public art on the side of BHS – depicting many events in the history of Newcastle
through the ages.. It was made by Henry & Joyce Collins – whose work can also be seen in the BT Tower
in London Resisting the call from the shops on Northumberland
Street, we turn right towards Grey’s Monument – built in 1838 to acclaim Charles Grey, the
2nd Earl Grey for passing the Great Reform Act of 1832, which introduced wide-ranging changes to the
electoral system of the UK. The column is 40 metres high – that’s
130 feet – and was designed by local architects John
and Benjamin Green – with the statue created by the sculptor Edward
Hodges Baily – Nearby on Blackett Street, is Old Eldon Square,
which was built in 1824. It’s a lovely public square, and is the
site of a war memorial and the location for the City’s
Remembrance Day commemorations. At the traffic lights we turn left onto Newgate
Street and are welcomed by the oldest church in the
city – the parish church of St. Andrews, the oldest part of which dates back to the
12th century. There was possible an earlier church here
dating back to Saxon times. The building contains more old stonework than
any other church in Newcastle. The church tower received a battering during the Siege of Newcastle by the Scots and three of the cannonballs are still in
the church. At the corner of the church, we turn right
and head up St Andrews Street. The Chinese Gate was constructed in 2005 and is decorated to bring luck and prosperity… …which is exactly what the fans of Newcastle
United would like for their beloved Toon. Walking around the town wall finds us at one of the most important theatres in the
country, the Journal Tyne Theatre, as it still retains its original 19th century
stage machinery. Just outside the theatre is one of the best surviving sections of the Newcastle Town
Wall, where the remains of four of the original
17 towers can be seen – along with the outer ditch, knows as King’s
Dyke. Contining half way down China Town’s Stowell
Street, and through the alleyway on the right, and here is remains of Blackfriars – a 13th century friary. The remaining buildings of the cloisters have
been restored and now house a range of craft workshops and
a restaurant. Turning left out of Blackfriars and then right takes us on to Newgate Street, the poisiton of one of the original gate in
the town wall – and we’re back at Grainger Street ending
this walk through Newcastle’s interesting past. Subtitles copyright 2011 Nova Subtitling

67 thoughts on “A walk around Newcastle City Centre

  1. good video mate but you missed the best part of Newcastle out of which is the only part I can spend hours in lol WESTGATE ROAD!!!!!

  2. It's interesting how he never once mentioned Freemasons or Masonic Architecture, since all these buildings ARE clearly Masonic!

  3. I'm from Stoke on Trent originally, only been living in Newcastle since 2004 but i love the architecture here ^.^

  4. Thank you for making this video. I saw a video by a foreign immigrant once on Newcastle and it only showed football scum and chavas, where the narrator proceeded to say 'Geordies aren't really even English' which was pretty offensive, considering the name was used as a term to loyalty to king George. There is plenty of culture and history.

  5. Although I live here, I still find different things to photograph. There is also the Castle Keep and Black Gate, Central Station, The Haymarket and Civic Center, not forgetting the Quay Side and it's famous bridges!

  6. This is a great video! We're based in Newcastle and it's a fantastic place!

    We help customers save money with daily deals – but as the video shows, there's loads to do in Newcastle 🙂

  7. Is this what it used to look like back in the day? I love Newcastle so much! Nowhere feels more home <3

  8. A beautiful city indeed ,spoilt by the infestation of students! beer ,drugs, chaos, busy A&E's it's become hell.

  9. Well, i have to admit, i have never ventured into Manors, but this town is wonderful, its a pity i live fifteen miles away :3 *geordie and proud*

  10. Granger built some wonderful buildings, many of which still remain in Newcastle today. I recently drove through Newcastle, and while I didn't have an opportunity to stop and look around I can agree that it's a action packed city with loads to do. I've already booked a car from http://4x4vehiclehire.co.uk/4×4-hire-newcastle/4×4-hire-newcastle and will be going back soon to spend the weekend. Looking forward to catching a glimpse of some of these wonderful sights. Thanks for the video!

  11. Nice. Well made and interesting video. I've never been to Newcastle Upon Tyne, or in fact to England at all, but I definitely would like to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Interesting video… you learn something new every day… I used to work in Ellison Place and never noticed that plaque until this video pointed it out.

  13. Wonderful. I left my native North Scotland to go college in Newcastle in 1977 and loved it so much I still go back every couple of years to recharge my batteries. There's nowhere like it.

  14. Well made and like many natively of any city I walk round with my eyes shut more than half the facts were obvious to me

  15. Having just delivered my son to Newcastle U, I was astounded at how nice the city is. On our next visit, we will do this walk.

  16. Our poor city centre. Once full of wonderful little shops, clean and vibrant, now decimated and filthy, empty and dull. Most of these shops now gone. Greggs, KFC, Herbert Brown, Barclays on the corner, Schuh, The Co-op, and so many more now gone. All that's really left is cafes, eateries, shushi places, betting shops, charity shops.

    Half of Newgate Street has been demolished to make way for yet more student accommodation and hotels. It's horrible now and the only place worth shopping at is Northumberland Street and even that's full of cafes, phone shops and banks. I think even the Monkchester plaque/art is gone now when they modernised the building there. I'll have to check.

    Just as an aside, it's Mosley STREET not Road and pronounced Mose ley not moss ley. Hope you don't mind me saying.

  17. I've been a learner of English as a foreign language for over ten years and it's my biggest dream to have the chance to visit England one day.

  18. I'm from Hertfordshire and been here since 2009, moved up here with my wife and Im glad to be living here, I would not go anywhere else

  19. Could of been better if they hadn't demolished some fine buildings like the empire theatre the paramount building "odean" the old town hall in the big market sadly its character as been taken away

  20. Grew up in the area. I wish the original Eldon Square was restored as it was instead of the horrid shopping centre destroying 2 of it's 3 sides . An act of gross vandalism.

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