NZ2564 : Former Bank of England building from walkways north of 55 Degrees North

taken 11 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Former Bank of England building from walkways north of 55 Degrees North
Former Bank of England building from walkways north of 55 Degrees North
The cobbled alley of Bell's Court runs from the rear of Carliol Street car park NZ2564 : Car park - Carliol Square, over the wall to the right, through to Pilgrim Street behind the brick warehouse buildings. The art work NZ2564 : 'Balls and bones' on the rear wall of the modern, and now disused, Bank of England building NZ2564 : Bank of England does little to enliven the scenery. The domed roof of Carliol House on the Pilgrim Street - Market Street corner towers above the nearby buildings on Worswick Street to the right.
Two level toon

A 1960s vision for Newcastle City Centre to separate traffic from pedestrians by creating a network of concrete walkways above access roads and traffic routes of the existing streets.
Geography reverses the situation somewhat at the Swan House roundabout which merges traffic coming off the Tyne Bridge with that from the Central Motorway and the City Centre. Here pedestrians are moved below the roads in subways but emerge again above the deep valley of Side under the Tyne Bridge.
The vision would have included Northumberland Street (where some new stores were built with shop windows at what is now first floor level), and further, but eventually money ran out and it was realised that too much of architectural merit would have to be sacrificed.
The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s was marred by a corruption scandal involving a local politician, T. Dan Smith (aka 'The Mouth of the Tyne), and John Poulson, a property developer. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, 'Our Friends in the North' LinkExternal link
The 'streets in the sky' concept is explained in the Urban Translation Tour LinkExternal link
Plans of this and other Newcastle developments are discussed here LinkExternal link

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Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 22 January, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2509 6425 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.3344N 1:36.5753W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2513 6424
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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