NZ2463 : Tuthill Stairs

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Tuthill Stairs
Tuthill Stairs
Following the old practice of narrow closes and stairways connecting Newcastle's Quayside with the higher land north of the Tyne, Tuthill Stairs is now a modern connection between Close and Clavering Place providing a passage between the new apartment blocks west of the High Level Bridge. It follows, however, the line of one of Newcastle's Medieval narrow streets, an alley or chare in the local dialect LinkExternal link Newcastle Libraries photos from 1886 and 1966 LinkExternal link LinkExternal link
The redevelopment here, called Quayside Lofts, was by Conran & Partners in 2007 LinkExternal link The brick and glass frontage of one of the apartment buildings is on the left of the following photo NZ2463 : The Close, Newcastle upon Tyne
You can look down between these modern buildings and the aligned north entrance to Bridge Court (over which a double-level glass walkway connects the flanking office blocks NZ2463 : Bridge Court, Newcastle riverside) to get a fleeting glimpse of the river with the tall flats of Gateshead beyond.
SkyscraperCity post: LinkExternal link
Chares :: NZ2563
Chares is a Geordie word used for the narrow alley-ways in Newcastle. There used to be about 20 chares which led back from the Quayside in the medieval town (Dark Chare, Grindon Chare, Blue Anchor Chare, Peppercorn Chare, Palester Chare, Colvin's Chare, Hornsby Chare, Plumber Chare, Fenwick's Chare, Dark Chare, Broad Garth, Peacock Chare, Trinity Chare, Rewcastle Chare, Broad Chare, Spicer Lane, Burn Bank, Byker Chare, Cock's Chare and Love Lane).

The name was also applied to narrow lanes in different parts of the city and other parts of Northumberland LinkExternal link

On the Quayside, they are thought to have arisen from wooden piers built out into the river, between which rubbish was dumped and houses built on the reclaimed land.

The buildings alongside the chares were crowded and unpleasant. Many were destroyed in the great fire of 1854 NZ2563 : Hillgate explosion, vividly illustrated in 'View from the High Level Bridge' by M. & M. W. Lambert (1854) LinkExternal link

Broad Chare was so called as it was wide enough for a cart, the others were much narrower LinkExternal link

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
The present state of Newcastle: Streets within the walls by Eneas Mackenzie (1827) LinkExternal link
Plan of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead by John Wood (1827) LinkExternal link
Tyne and Wear HER(1596): Newcastle, Quayside (The Key) LinkExternal link
Tyne and Wear HER(11101): Newcastle, medieval town LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 8 January, 2010
Architectural detail > Stairs   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2494 6372 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.0491N 1:36.7187W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2492 6374
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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