NZ2464 : Cordwainer's Hall (detail), Nelson Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Cordwainer's Hall (detail), Nelson Street
Cordwainer's Hall (detail), Nelson Street
Meeting Hall built by Richard Grainger in 1838. The Cordwainer's or Shoe-makers Guild was founded in 1556 and with 95 members was the largest of the medieval
Guilds in Newcastle at the time of Grainger, although by then, largely a ceremonial and social organisation. The building was later the Gardeners Arms Public House which became The Cordwainer's and later, Corks. Currently only the fašade exists, fronting part of the Eldon Square Shopping Centre Tyne and Wear HER(7106): Newcastle, Nelson Street, Nos. 16-22, Cordwainer's Hall LinkExternal link
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
Sunday, 31 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 7 February, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2474 6439 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.4109N 1:36.9026W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2474 6438
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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