Archive for March, 2010

Princess Anne

March 30, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments


Princess Anne at Jesmond metro station yesterday. She was in Newcastle to open the new Haymarket metro station. Exciting!

The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

March 29, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  10 Comments


A shot of the cathedral looking down from the Bigg Market.

Two picture Sunday – Callers clock, Haymarket

March 28, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  12 Comments


Looking round a thread that Alf linked one day I found this page with pictures of Callers, a store that used to be on Northumberland Street. Only a few days before, I’d stopped to look at the clock outside Haymarket Metro station and noticed that it was put there by ‘Callers the home of good furnishings’.


If you click through to this page and scroll about halfway down you’ll see the clock outside Marks and Spencers on Northumberland Street as it originally was. Thanks to Alf for making me take notice of this little bit of history.

Bewick Court

March 27, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  5 Comments


Bewick Court is, I think, the only residential tower block that’s in the centre of Newcastle. It was cleaned up a year or so back… it’s still not the most picturesque place from the outside, but it’s much better than it was. Still, I quite like this shot.

Anton Hecht, a filmmaker and artist, has made a musical based on the stories of Bewick Court’s inhabitants. See here or here for more info or to watch – and please do. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and happy and sad, all at once. I just wish it featured some of the women who live there. Why just men?

Answer – Nobles Amusements, Northumberland Street

March 26, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  3 Comments


Did you guess correctly? This coat of arms is hidden under signs on Northumberland Street, on the entrance to what is now an amusement arcade. Isn’t it a shame that it’s so well hidden?

Coat of Arms

March 25, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  6 Comments


Bit of a competition today. Does anyone know where this coat of arms can be found?

It’s pretty well hidden. I’ll be impressed if anyone can find it! If noone has any ideas, I’ll post a hint about lunchtime or early afternoon.

Answer tomorrow!

Jesmond Metro Art: Garden Front by Raf Fulcher

March 24, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments


The old style Garden Front sculpture outside the Jesmond Metro station was created by Raf Fulcher to contrast with the “modern” architecture of the station.

For more info, read here


March 23, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  7 Comments


This is just off Northumberland Street, on what I think is called Prudhoe Chare (outside the Northumberland Arms). (The definition of Chare is here if you are interested – it’s a dialect word for a narrow street or alley.) I’ve no idea what the heads or the ’1881′ represent – can anyone enlighten me?

There are two more pics – one shows a few more plaques here and the other (a bit dark but shows them all) is here.


March 22, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  2 Comments


One of my sisters has her birthday at the beginning of February. The snowdrops are usually in flower. This year, though, I’ve only seem then in the last week or so. These are outside the Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Two picture Sunday – Newcastle University building

March 21, 2010  |  Newcastle upon Tyne  |  12 Comments


I think this is the George VI Building on Newcastle University campus.


I’d never noticed until recently that it says ‘University of Newcastle upon Tyne’ on the side. Well, if I hadn’t come to Newcastle University, I never would have met D, and we wouldn’t have been celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary today. Happy Anniversary, lovely.