NZ2463 : The Centurion Bar, Newcastle Central Station

taken 4 months ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

The Centurion Bar, Newcastle Central Station
The Centurion Bar, Newcastle Central Station
A board in the bar says that it was originally commissioned in 1839 by George Hudson* to be the best First Class lounge of any station in the world. John Dobson, the prominent architect in the North East who built Newcastle Central Station LinkExternal link , also designed this interior, which is decorated with Burmantofts tiles LinkExternal link . The lounge closed in the 1960s and the British Transport Police used it as holding cells. Despite the building being Grade I listed LinkExternal link British Rail destroyed part of the structure, and painted over the titles. The building was acquired by a private owner in 2000 and painstakingly restored to its former glory.

* George Hudson (1800 1871) was a railway financier and politician who, because he controlled a significant part of the railway network in the 1840s, became known as "The Railway King". He played a significant role in linking London to Edinburgh by rail. For further info see the Wiki entry LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 10 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Bar (Licensed Premises) 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2461 6388 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.1363N 1:37.0271W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2461 6388
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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