Archive for February, 2010

Wallsend Weekend – Two picture Sunday – Borough Theatre

February 28, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  9 Comments


This building used to be the Borough Theatre. It was built in 1909 and used as a theatre, then converted to a cinema, then a bingo hall, then an amusement arcade. It’s been closed and empty since 2005.


Now it’s just home to the pigeons.

There is an old pic of the place here, and – even better – recent pics of the inside.

Wallsend Weekend – Two Picture Saturday – Central Buildings

February 27, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments


Central Buildings, Wallsend. Built 1903.

To the bottom right, you can just make out the start of the words ‘Well Worth It’. This is where Woolworths used to be. It’s now reopened as Well Worth It, with the tagline ‘pick and mix your bargains’. I’ve no idea how well it’s doing.


Wallsend Weekend – Two picture Friday – Wallsend Town Hall

February 26, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments


This is Wallsend’s Town Hall, which celebrated its centenary 18 months ago. I’ll have to try and get to it on the next Heritage Open Days.


A close up of the clock.

Also, I’ve been chatting more on the facebook fan page. If you’re on facebook, do become a fan! You can suggest things you’d like to see pictured as well as discuss the perennial ‘how far outside Newcastle should this blog feature’ question. I’m happy to receive requests by email obviously – burningthepast at gmail dot com – or in the comments, as well.

Wallsend Weekend – Go As You Please

February 25, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments


I have a few pictures of Wallsend I wanted to post, so I thought a Wallsend long weekend might be in order.

This funeral parlour caught my eye… I think I’ve seen a picture of it posted somewhere before, but unfortunately I can’t remember where to credit it. If you know please let me know!

People’s Theatre

February 24, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  5 Comments


The People’s Theatre Arts Group Building. ¬†For more info and to find upcoming shows, visit¬†Peoples Theatre Arts Group Ltd

Newcastle City Hall

February 23, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  19 Comments


Alf asked for a picture of Newcastle City Hall so here you go :)

I’ve seen Tori Amos and Thunder here. Who have you seen here?

Silverlink Borders is now HMV/Waterstones

February 22, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  9 Comments


For those like me, who were devastated when Borders closed its doors – HMV/Waterstones has now taken over the building. Paperchase and Starbucks are back, but the layout has changed quite drastically.

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it.

Two picture Sunday – the Union Rooms

February 21, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  7 Comments


Whenever I go out for tea with my friends, we always meet in the Union Rooms. Have done for at least the last seven years. (One time we met in Luckies and went for tea somewhere at that end of time, but just the once. We’re creatures of habit – although as for eating, we go whereever is cheap, or whereever we have vouchers for.)


The building is from 1877 (it says so at the top) and is gorgeous inside and out. Well worth a visit.

See also here.

St Andrew’s Way – double pic special

February 20, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  11 Comments


St Andrew’s Way is finally open. This shot is taken from Blackett Bridge, looking past what would used to be the Green Market on the left and towards what would have been Argos at the top, where Debenhams is now.

I only walked along St Andrew’s Way; I didn’t go into any of the shops, because (possibly due to half term) it was packed, but they have done a good job of eliminating all that was there before. I found it really hard to get my bearings and was surprised to come out on Clayton Street – even though that’s where I would have come out (via the Green Market) when leaving there before.

standrewsway2The outside, looking down Clayton Street. This used to be the Green Market and Safeways. Opposite is the Grainger Market.

I quite like the reflection of the building opposite on the left of this shot.

Green Market

February 19, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  7 Comments


From the lovely to the, errrmmmm……

This is the entrance to the travesty currently known as the Green Market. This entrance is on Nelson Street. You can also find the Green Market from Eldon Square, next to New Look. Which, I just about remember, is where WH Smiths used to be, back in the good old days, when the Green Market was still in its old home and there was a Safeway supermarket to the side of it. *sigh*

Worth coming back tomorrow if you want to see what the Green Market was sacrificed for….