12 February 2010

Newcastle Cathedral and Town Hall/No.1 Cathedral Square


From St Nicholas Street. Click on pics for larger versions.

Newcastle Cathedral, or to give it its full title The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas Newcastle upon Tyne, was built in 1359 with the Gothic lantern spire added eighty nine years later. A church has stood on the site since 1091, the original burning down in 1216. There is little information available on The Town Hall opposite which is a shame as its a spectacular building I'd like to know more about, the first time I'd heard of it was seeing these postcards. Needless to say the side fronting the square has been replaced with the present building, No.1 Cathedral Square, but the Town Hall occupied the entire block between Cloth Market and Groat Market, with a grand entrance on Bigg Market topped with the dome visible in the sepia picture.

Both of the postcards seem to be from the early 20th century, the view of the cathedral possibly earlier, I haven't got exact dates as the site I found them on doesn't have too much information.

Everything in the environs of the cathedral seems to have changed except St. Nicholas' Chambers, the brick building to the right of the cathedral, but that has lost its conical roof above Amen Corner.

Cathedral postcard published by WB & Co Glasgow
2010 photos © Chris Perriman


  1. Anonymous27/2/10 08:13

    It's criminal that the town hall was replaced by that monstrosity! Look forward to the next post.

  2. Its a shame, yeah.
    The next post should be up tomorrow (today? it's late) - Tyne Bridge under construction is the theme, I just need to do some photoshopping on the pics i've taken.

  3. Newcastle Historian7/3/10 13:33

    Excellent Photos!

    I know you called these photos "Newcastle Cathedral", but there are two cathedrals in Newcastle, and both of them are in the City Centre.

    (1) St Mary's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) opposite the Central Station.


    (2) St Nicholas' Cathedral (as featured on here) which is the 'Church of England' cathedral.

  4. mmm, i think i might do the catholic cathedral in a future post.