NZ2464 : The Earl Grey Monument, Grey Street, NE1

taken 5 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

The Earl Grey Monument, Grey Street, NE1
The Earl Grey Monument, Grey Street, NE1
Grey's Column (1838) was erected to commemorate the contribution of (the 2nd) Earl Grey to the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832. It was designed by John and Benjamin Green; at 135 ft, it is some 50 ft shorter than Nelson's Column. The statues on the two columns were made by the same sculptor, Edward Hodges Baily, within two years of each other - see also NZ2464 : Earl Grey atop his monument. The monument is Grade I listed LinkExternal link . See also NZ2464 : The Earl Grey Monument viewed from Blackett Street, NE1.

The Buildings of Grainger Town

I was inspired to take this photo, and all the other photos of buildings in and around Grainger Town that I have submitted, mostly from 30th March to 4th June 2015, plus a few earlier ones*, by the book “The Buildings of Grainger Town”. The book was written and researched by David Lovie, who is currently (June 2015) the Development Officer of Inspired North East for the Newcastle Diocese LinkExternal link .

The second edition of the book was published in 2001 by the Grainger Town Partnership in association with the North East Environmental Education Forum. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print; it may be obtainable through abebooks LinkExternal link .

The book contains photos and information about 221 buildings, together with directions and maps for four walks: 1 Richard Grainger’s Streets (buildings numbered 1 to 84); 2 The Old Markets (Buildings 85 to 130); 3 Westgate and Central Station (buildings 131 to 191); and 4 Blackfriars and Town Wall (buildings 192 to 221).

A few of the buildings included in the first edition of the book had been demolished by the time the second edition was published (buildings 172, 173, 174 and 202). Subsequently, the Bank of England building (number 28) in Pilgrim Street was demolished; fortunately, Andrew Curtis had taken a photo of it NZ2564 : Former Bank of England, Pilgrim Street. Had the building still been standing, it would have fallen firmly into the category of Newcastle’s Masterpieces of Modern Architecture Link . The site currently (June 2015) still stands empty. In addition, NZ2463 : Norwich Union House, Westgate Road, NE1 and the adjacent Westgate House LinkExternal link - described by Pevsner as "unspeakably ugly and intrusive" - have recently been demolished and the site is being redeveloped.

Almost all of the information I have given in the “Description” for my Grainger Town photos has been culled from the book, supplemented - where the building is listed - by info from the text of the listing on the Historic England website LinkExternal link .

The “Description” for all of my Grainger Town photos includes “The Buildings of Grainger Town - No.NNN” and a link to this image (which is No.1 in the book).

* Searching my photos using the text “The Buildings of Grainger Town” will include these earlier submissions.
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Thursday, 7 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 March, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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