NZ2464 : Wilson's Court

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Wilson's Court
Wilson's Court
A narrow courtyard that runs between Pudding Chare and Groat Market but not really in use as a thoroughfare. Its existence is an important reminder of Newcastle’s C19th social life and is a testament to the time in which courts and yards were commonplace in the city centre, a building trend which has long fallen from favour.
Tyne and Wear HER(9946): Newcastle, Pudding Chare, Wilson's Court 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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NZ2464, 1841 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 31 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 4 February, 2010
Category
Courtyard   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2480 6407 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2382N 1:36.8481W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2482 6408
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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