South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

A shopper’s view

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Grey Street, Newcastle

Looking down Grey Street

I am aware that I am encroaching on Cassandra’s territory for the next few days, but I hope she won’t mind too much.

Having taken a ride from South Shields to Gateshead I found myself  walking down to the quayside and crossing the Millennium Bridge to climb the steep hill up Dean Street and to look at the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, our regional capital. Much has changed since my last visit, a huge hole has appeared in the heart of the city where an extension to Eldon Square is to be built, however there are certain iconic images of Newcastle that will remain, probably for ever. I came home with a bag full of shots and I’ll be sharing some of these with you over the next few days, after all this blog says on the cover that it contains pictures of South Shields and Northern England.

The greater parts of Newcastle city centre were built by Richard Grainger along with John Dobson and Thomas Oliver with the help of Town Clerk John Clayton 150 years ago. Grainger (1797-1861)was a builder, responsible for much of the neoclassical design in Newcastle including the old Eldon Square, Leazes Place, the Royal Arcade and the whole area bounded by Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. Within this area you will find the Central Arcade, the Grainger Market, the Theatre Royal and Grey’s Monument all landmarks that will stand the test of time.

This is the view down Grey Street as seen by shoppers inside the Metro Mall, high up at the top of the escalators in the food court, through the glass semi-domed canopy that attempts to replicate Grainger’s high domed buildings spotted at street corners to mark the majesty of his classical streets.

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Camera details: Pentax K100D, 35 mm lens, 1/300 second, f5.6, iso 200


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Written by curly

March 5, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. I love this photo. The framing is great through the window, and the people, rain, buildings…there is much to keep your interest.


    March 5, 2009 at 2:46 am

  2. GREAT photo, as always. Thanks for the link.
    Cassandra’s been posting more recently as my camera was broken (I can pick it up again tomorrow, yay!), but she’s back in the States now and I do the majority of the posting these days. Not like I’m precious about it or anything ;o)


    March 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  3. Encroach away, Curly! Your photos are always so amazing and interesting. The more photographers in Newcastle the better! Beth and I are sharing duties now as i’m not in the area anymore 😦 as she’s said above. I love to see her posts because she notices things that I don’t and we get a richer perspective over at Newcastle Daily Photo. How fortunate we are to get yours as well!

    Thanks, Curly!


    March 6, 2009 at 1:21 am

  4. Beautiful composition and tone, looks like a painting! A gift to my eyes, thanks.


    March 6, 2009 at 5:48 am

  5. *waves at Cassandra*


    March 6, 2009 at 7:34 am

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