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Some Remnants of Victorian Gateshead

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The locations illustrated here are featured in the "Victorian Gateshead" walk (part of Local History Month) conducted by Anthea Lang, Local History Librarian.

© Brian Pears, 2003

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The High Level Bridge and Swing Bridge . The red-brick building on the left is the former River Police Station.

 

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Tyne Bridge Pylon. Site of the Great Explosion of 1854.

 

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Descriptive Plaque.

 

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Stone set into the north wall of St Mary's Churchyard.

 

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Stones on Church Walk mentioned on the previous photograph.

 

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The Central public house.

 

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Gateshead East Station and the High Level Bridge approach.

 

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Town Hall

 

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Clock in front of Town Hall.

 

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Town Hall and Clock.

 

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Commemorative Window above Town Hall door dedicated to Town Clerks Joseph Willis Swinburne and William Swinburne.

 

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Detail from commemorative window.

 

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Plaque below commemorative window.

 

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Dispensary and Town Hall, West Street.

 

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The Dispensary .

 

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The Dispensary.

 

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Descriptive Plaque.

 

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The Post Office on West Street. The building is on the site of a house occupied by Thomas Bewick.

 

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The foot-hold and handle in the Post Office wall allowed a policeman to raise himself up sufficiently to see the Post Office safe through the upper part of the window.

 

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Commemorative plaque in the Post Office wall.

 

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Walker Terrace .

 

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7 Walker Terrace, the offices of solicitors, Swinburne and Jackson. .

 

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Windmill Hills Care Homes - the former Windmill Hill School .

 

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Monument on Windmill Hills to George Hawks , first Mayor of Gateshead. Erected 1865, moved to this location 2001.

 

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Inscription on monument.

 

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Descriptive stone set into the ground in front of the monument.

 

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St Joseph's Church on High West Street . The first R.C. church in Gateshead.

 

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St Joseph's Church.

 

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Co-operative Store, Jackson Street .

 

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Beehive symbol from Co-op frontage.

 

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Wall adjacent to the Co-op built from stones from the windmill which formerly stood where New Century House now stands.

 

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The Metropole public house on High Street - opened as the Metropole Theatre in 1896 and later became the Scala cinema.

 

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Holy Trinity and St Edmund's Chapel.

 

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Grey Nags Head public house and Leonard's Court, a cholera 'hot-spot' during the 1852/3 epidemic.

 

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The former Public Library on Swinburne Street .