Sprawling city sights

Sprawling city sights

BIGG MARKET: The view over Bigg Market in 1968 shows that the street was much more traffic-friendly than it is today, the Wall’s van that is stopped at a market stall is undoubtedly causing problems, however

AD HUNG: In 1985, an advert for the Canadian Club Challenge hangs on Grey’s Monument

FAMILIAR SIGHT: A 1968 bus strike in Newcastle caused multiple parking difficulties throughout the city

FIGHTING FIRE: Callers Furniture store, in Northumberland Street, set alight by its own Christmas display in 1969, took about five hours to extinguish. The store was rebuilt and the building still stands

First published in History

NEWCASTLE city centre is a monumental sprawl with more than 240 listed buildings in the Grainger Town area alone.

Other monuments and buildings add to the city’s rich and colourful history, some notable examples being Grey’s Monument, a 40m high monument to the second Earl Grey, the iconic bridges that cross the River Tyne, close to the city centre, St James’ Park, which is the home of Newcastle United Football Club, and the medieval castle, which gives the city its name.

The Northern Echo’s archives hold a wide variety of pictures of the city, but these ones caught my eye.

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