NZ2464 : Pilgrim Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Pilgrim Street
Pilgrim Street
View shows the Odeon Cinema building (built for Paramount in 1931 as an American style super-cinema with a Wurlitzer organ, orchestra and Tiller Girls). The Northumberland & Newcastle Society are currently campaigning to preserve the building, which has one of the best Art Deco interiors in Europe. There is another view here NZ2464 : Former Paramount & Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street
Tyne and Wear HER(6449): Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Odeon Cinema (Paramount) LinkExternal link

Beyond the cinema is a modern office block, Commercial Union House, part of which straddles the east side of the street, probably part of the 1960s master plan to ruin the City Centre.

Pilgrim Street may be the oldest road in Newcastle. Its name is connected with the pilgrims who passed along it and through the Pilgrim Gate in the town walls, to visit St. Mary's Chapel in Jesmond.
Tyne and Wear HER(6490): Newcastle, Pilgrim Street LinkExternal link

The Pilgrim Gate, situated at the north end of Pilgrim Street, was demolished in 1802. Newcastle Libraries has an engraving from 1786 here LinkExternal link
Tyne and Wear HER(1549): Newcastle town wall, Pilgrim Street Gate LinkExternal link
Newcastle Town Wall :: NZ2563
Built in the C13th century to protect the expanding town from Scottish raiders, Newcastle’s Town Wall was an impressive structure. It was approximately 3km / 2 miles long, up to 2m / 7ft thick and approximately 7.6m / 25ft high. It enclosed the Castle and its Black Gate as well as the main medieval commercial district along the quayside and all the ground northwards to St. Andrews Church. The wall had seven main gateways, 17 towers and 30 turrets. A section of the Wall was extended along the quayside to protect the properties of wealthy merchants from water-borne attack.

Only short sections of the curtain wall now survive as much was demolished in the C19th to aid redevelopment and access. Only five of the original towers have survived.

Wikipedia has a full description and a map LinkExternal link
Historical Account by Eneas Mackenzie (1827) LinkExternal link

More images on Geograph can be found with this search LinkExternal link

National Trails walk around the town walls LinkExternal link

Tyne and Wear HER(1507): Newcastle town wall LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2498 6440 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.4156N 1:36.6776W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2495 6447
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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