NZ2464 : John Dobson Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

John Dobson Street
John Dobson Street
John Dobson Street was built in the 1960s to relieve the pressure of traffic on the parallel Northumberland Street, which was then a major through route. Dobson (born 1787) was a locally-famous Newcastle architect who worked with Richard Grainger in a grand building scheme for the town centre ('Grainger Town'), a style now known as Tyneside Classical. Among many other buildings, he designed Newcastle Central Station, Grey Street and St Thomas' Church LinkExternal link
On the left is the City Pool NZ2564 : Northumberland Baths, City Pool and City Hall, Northumberland Road, situated on Northumberland Road which crosses ahead. Further down the street, Bewick Court dominates the scene, towering on stilts over the road NZ2564 : Bewick Court, John Dobson Street
Grainger Town
Present-day Newcastle owes much of its architecture to the partnership of Richard Grainger LinkExternal link and John Dobson LinkExternal link
Grainger was a builder who built many important buildings in Newcastle. Dobson was an architect, with whom Grainger worked on many projects. Between 1824 and 1826, Grainger built most of Eldon Square and Blackett Street. In 1829, Dobson and Grainger built Leazes Terrace and Leazes Crescent, and in 1832, they completed the Royal Arcade at the foot of Pilgrim Street.
In 1839, the two men completed their most ambitious project covering 12 acres (49,000 m2) in central Newcastle, on the site of Newe House (also called Anderson Place). They built three new thoroughfares, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street, with many connecting streets, as well as the Central Exchange and the Grainger Market.
Dobson was the one who provided the creative drive behind the project and Grey Street is considered to be his finest creation with its elegant curve. Unfortunately most of old Eldon Square was demolished in the 1960s in the name of progress. The Royal Arcade met a similar fate.
The name, Grainger Town, was first applied to this part of the City Centre in 1991 by the City Council and the Grainger Town Partnership was set up to co-ordinate its regeneration and revitalisation.
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2498 6480 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.6313N 1:36.6756W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2497 6483
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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