Quayside walk

A lovely walk around the Quays (1-2 hours)

View from Gateshead
Is found by walking down Grey Street then continuing on down to Dene Street as it twists left then right. At the very bottom is the magnificent Guildhall.
(Open to the public by appointment only) Tel. 0191-2778011 Sat. 2-3 & 3-4pm.
Grade 1 listed building, 1655…. Once a meeting place and Court House of the Merchants Guilds of the City. First floor stood the meeting rooms and Great Hall, magnificently adorned with the original plaques of the Cities guild of Craftsmen.
The area you are now in is Sandhill. Originally a hill of sand seated at the foot of the Lort Burn where it reached The Tyne.
The area was once the busiest part of the town as the main North South route crossed the river near to here. Leaving the front door of the building and walking off to your Left and at the first Crossing cross the road to ‘Bessie Surtees House’...

Bessie Surtees House
English Heritage Information
See the plaque on the first floor window and ask about the romance!
(Milbank House 1550) Open free of charge.10-4pm Fri. Sat. Mon. Partial wheelchair access.
Tel.no.0191-2325325 Regional Headquarters of English Heritage.
Turn left as you leave and continue on.
Standing nearby, the oldest house in the area, the ‘Red House’.
Walk past The Offshore Pub around the corner. The alley marks the beginning of the street simply called 'The Side'.

Side Gallery & bookshop.
Side Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm
(and open late on Thursdays until 7.00 pm).
We are currently closed on Sundays and Mondays, (and Bank Holidays).

Collingwood (Admiral Lord)
One of the most famous inhabitants of The Side Admiral Lord Collingwood was born and lived for a time at number 3.
Cross the road to The Akenside Traders Public House.

You are now in the area called Akenside. The Birth place (1721) of the poet Mark Akenside.
A nearby Plaque informs you, you are at the site of the 14th century Cale Cross Market. Walk under The Tyne Bridge (far above you) and keeping left walk up Akenside Hill.

All Saint’s Church (1286-first building)
On your left is All Saints Church. Any/all enquiries can be made on tel. 0191-2612457.
Wander the Churchyard and browse the inscriptions on the gravestones, which reflect individual local dates and lives. (miss out the next part of the walk if you feel it may be too far and continue below at Chares...

ADDITIONAL - Can be Skipped.. can go straight to Chares

Holy Jesus Hospital
Photo Gallery
Walk the path past the office blocks on the left. Cross the road in front of you. See number 10 on railway arch directly in front of you. Follow the >signs> to the Holy Jesus Hospital. Look out for the attractive restaurant / café quaintly serving snacks tucked under the arches.

The Jesus, Freemen’s or Town’s Hospital as it has been known was built in 1681 and stands upon the site of what was a Saxon Monastery, where it is believed are buried some of the ancient Kings of Northumbria. Having visited the Hospital return to All Saints. Follow the same route back to outside the All Saint's Church.


Continue outside the Church with (Dog Bank see sign) to your left. See view of the Tyne Bridge, The Millennium Bridge and toward Kings Street the first signs of the ‘Chares’ narrow alleys. Believed from the Saxon 'cerre' a bend or turning.
Chares; narrow alleys leading away from the river at right angles to it. Originally used to cram in as many dwellings and people in them as possible.
Walk left along and down past the new houses of Dog Bank, you will see on the skyline with the massive Law Courts in front of you.
At the foot of the bank, you will see Sallyport House standing near to the part on the wall where stood the Sallyport Tower or Knoll Tower. The City Wall intermingles with the stonewalls built at that point to shore up the east sides of ancient Pandon Burn. To your right is Broadchare; turn right.

The only 'Chare' where 2 carts could pass. See where the old houses, and warehouses, although converted, still stand. See the multi-million pound Law Courts. Walk toward the traffic lights see ‘Broadchare Chamber’. One of the many ‘chambers’, in the area, used by the Barristers working in the nearby Law courts. Next on the right is Trinity House.

Trinity House
Trinity House Newcastle
Open Tue-Fri Apr-Oct.
Tel. 0191-2614691.
Walking on, Trinity House stands on an area of land given as a meeting place for The Guild of (River) Pilots and Mariners.

Maritime Museum

Next door was the ‘Maritime Museum’. Unfortunately recently closed--some exhibits have gone to The Discovery Museum in Blandford Street.

Live Theatre and Café
Theatre Information
The next building is the home of the Live Theatre and Live Theatre Café.
Tel. 0191-2321232.

A Chare?

The next archway walk through, look to your left where you will see a small, but fine example, of the width of one of the few Chare’s left on the Quayside today. Continue on Broadchare...
At the end of Broadchare see The Millennium Bridge. On the other side of which you will see the Grand and stately ‘Baltic Flour Mill’ Continue by turning left at the end of Broadchare as below...
Walk past the courts

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Bridge Information
Pivots tilt the bridge forming a spectacular gateway arch resembling an opening eyelid. Manoeuvred into position on the 20th November 2000. Weighs 800 tonnes, is 164 feet high and the foundations for the piers on either side are sunk over 90 feet into the river bed. This pedestrian and cycle bridge links the developments on both sides of the river.

Baltic Flour Mill
Baltic Information
The former Baltic Flour Mill on the South or Gateshead bank of the Tyne is the largest international centre for contemporary visual arts outside of London.

Walk past the courts, or call in to the public galleries to watch/listen to a trial. If you do, stop. You will have used one of the buildings lifts or stairs and ascended high above the river to reach a court room, take in the whole area from the magnificent view.
Passing the court on to the Waterline Pub and at the traffic lights is the old Milk Market Area.
Take time to appreciate what was again another extremely busy and popular area of Newcastle…Sandgate.

At Sandgate the slopping hill ran onto a sandy beach. Later stood the East gate of the City which gave access to the Quayside. Outside the gate sprang up the first 'suburb' of the city. Home of the 'Keel Men'-highly skilled boatmen, who moved coal from the riverside in their small rowing boats called Keels to large ships anchored in the River Tyne.

Cross over the road to something that looks like a Lighthouse. You are now in the centre of old Sandgate. Behind the lighthouse you will see a stone memorial dedicated to the area. Built in 1996, it is ‘The River God’ by Andre Wallace.

Here also stood Paddy's Market.

Paddy’s Market or Milk Market.

Who Paddy was (perhaps the prevalence of Irish settlers in the area) or to where the name for the market came from is unknown. Until the area was refurbished in the late 20th century there was a clothes market held here every Saturday. Prior to the clothes market the area was one of the regions main milk and open meat markets. Also here in harvest time would gather hundreds of workers and country landowners. Landowners would pick the men they wanted to gather in the harvests.
Walk down the steps towards the river and you will see a building to your left. Once an Old Co-op Warehouse where food was stored when delivered by ship, now a Hotel. Look down river you may wish to walk further along the developing quayside. If you do, or as you stand looking downstream, you will see on your left a modern housing development. Beyond that you will see a white or light coloured building. The building is a clubhouse for boating enthusiasts. It is a popular belief that at the place where that building stands the first ever settlement in the whole area was based.
Turn right at the riverside and begin walking past the Millennium Bridge onto Westerly Square and toward the Tyne Bridges infront of you...

Westerly Square

Walking up river now toward ‘the bridges’ and you will see Westerly Square.
Anchored in the river to the left you will see the Tuxedo Princess, a floating nightclub with the large glass building of the nearby Sage music centre. Every Sunday on the paved area in front of you is a large Market...

Quayside Sunday Market
9.00am to 2.30pm
Market Information

It is one of the largest Sunday Markets in England, attracting up to 100,000 people each week. With stalls stretching from Westerly Square the whole length of the Quayside.

It has been in existence for several centuries, first noted in the records of the town in 1736.
Begining as a Herb Market, a Fish Market and a market called 'the Mason's Due' at the Guildhall. It stretched from the old Tyne bridge east with stalls and a variety of fairground attractions.

There still remains an historic romantic atmosphere on the Quayside. Notice as you walk along the small alley entrances, indicating chares as can be seen by the size of gaps or pathways between each building.

Between Coronation Building and Flynn’s bar is this evidence of a chare?

Walking onto The Old Customs House. Built in 1766. Find nearby Fenwick’s Entry, was this an old Chare?

Stop and visit the beautiful Parisa Café. Now walking on towering above is The Tyne Bridge.

Tyne Bridge Web Cams.

Tyne Bridge

You should now be standing next to the base of The North Tower of the bridge. The most outstanding of the six bridges recognised worldwide.

Where is this signpost?

Cross the road and now (or stay on the walkway near to the river, walk toward the next bridge which is the small 'Swing Bridge' passing by the rear or riverside, side, of The Guildhall.

Swing Bridge

A grade 1 listed building, built between 1875-76 by Armstrong. The current bridge has motor, control and engine rooms. It 'swings' to stand parallel with the shore allowing large ships to pass either side. The machanical section is open to the public between 9-1pm and 2-4pm Sat & Sun. Pre book. 0191-2778011.
Take time to walk over the bridge. Then walk back and the next building after the swing bridge after walking under the roadway is the Old Fish Market building.

Fish Market

Built in 1880 it is one of the newer buildings on the Quay. 'Developed’ is now a nightclub. The modern walkway you are now on is also a cycleway called Hadrians Way, which is being constructed between Wylam, up river and Tynemouth, at the mouth of the river. You may see people 'sea' fishing from there. Catching sea fish 9 miles from the sea! The next bridge is The High Level.

High Level Bridge

The High Level, the oldest of Newcastle's bridges, is a rail, road and pedestrian Bridge. with the railway running above and the road and pedestrian ways some 90 feet from the water beneath.

The Close and Javel Groupe Areas
Behind the fish market you will see a traffic roundabout (presently under repair). Find the information board. The area you are in is known as The Javel Groupe Area. The street / street itself was like those described earlier, it had warehouses, offices and houses. The only one remaining in some grandeur is The Cooperage which lies on the opposite side of the road on under the bridge Once used as a Cooperage business premises it is now like much of its neighbours around the corner used as a pub! Cross now to the same side as The Cooperage and on reaching that side turn right walking back under the High Level Bridge. Leave the area and walk past Julie’s nightclub.

Pass Castle Stairs on the left and you are now back to the beginning of the walk.

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