NZ2563 : Trinity House almshouses, Trinity Chare

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Trinity House almshouses, Trinity Chare
Trinity House almshouses, Trinity Chare
Almshouses, now a warehouse, built in 1820 for Trinity House.
Tyne and Wear HER(8728): Newcastle, Trinity Chare, Nos. 9 and 10, former Trinity House LinkExternal link
Trinity House :: NZ2564
Trinity House is a charitable maritime organisation housed in a complex of Listed Buildings dating from the C14th.
There is a good description here NZ2563 : Trinity House Courtyard, Newcastle upon Tyne

Trinity House became responsible for lighthouses in 1536 and piloting in a large region along the North Sea coast. In return they were permitted to levy tolls on ships entering the River Tyne.

The eastings grid line passes (unseen) straight through the centre of the Yard.

A full history of the organisation is given on the Trinity House web site LinkExternal link

There is a description and photos of the ornate interior of some of these buildings along with their collection of marine artefacts on the BBC - Tyne web site LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

Tyne and Wear HER(4876; 8728; 8876; 8877; 9013; 9014; 9165) LinkExternal link
Chares
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
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 29 January, 2010
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Almshouses   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2538 6395 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.1718N 1:36.3051W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2539 6396
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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