NZ2463 : Denton Chare

near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Denton Chare
Denton Chare
Denton Chare runs between Westgate Road and St Nicholas Street between the buildings on Collingwood Street on the left and the old Post Office and Stamp Exchange on the right. It is the route of an ancient narrow lane through the town where people lived and worked, but is now mainly just a service alley for the business premises on both side. The view is towards St Nicholas Street with the cathedral spire visible above the buildings. There is another photo here NZ2463 : Denton Chare
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
Sitelines: LinkExternal link
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Wednesday, 24 November, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 24 November, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2489 6397 [10m precision]
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