Saturday, 29 June 2013

Newcastle - City Centre (North)

To the north of the city centre lies the church of St Thomas, seen here with the Civic Centre in the background and the South African War Memorial in the foreground. The church itself dates from 1827-30.

Across the road can be found the campus of Newcastle University, including the Students Union building.

The clock, by Potts of Leeds, was installed in September 1924.

Exhibition Park (opened in 1878) forms the south-east corner of Town Moor, separated from the city centre by the A167 motorway. It is the home of this splendid brick clock tower.

On a sunny weekday this was a peaceful location, with lust the hissing of the sprinkler on the croquet lawn, and a swan gliding past on the pond.

Plaques on the tower show that it was erected in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and that it has been restored in time for the Diamond Jubilee.

Exiting the park on the eastern side you enter into Jesmond. If you choose to walk along Clayton Road you have the opportunity to sample the splendid brownies in Willi's Café. Suitably refreshed, turning into Eskdale Terrace takes you past the Royal Grammar School of 1905 - 07.

And here is another Potts clock.

Nearby is Jesmond Parish Church of 1857 - 61. This has a clock on one face of the tower only, which is now somewhat difficult to photograph due to the main road outside.

Our next stop will be the south of the city centre.

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