Newcastle 1080-1980

Commissioned to celebrate 900 years of Newcastle’s history.

These twelve mosaic panels can be found in a subway next to Jesmond Metro Station.

Blackfriars in Newcastle

Blackfriars in Newcastle

Blackfriars in Newcastle During the early years of the 13th century, orders of friars began to establish themselves in England. Newcastle-upon-Tyne came to have five friaries within its walls: Blackfriars (Dominican) established in 1239; Whitefriars (Carmelite) established in 1262; Austinfriars (Augustinian) established in 1290 (now the site of the Holy Jesus Hospital); Greyfriars (Franciscans) established in…


Keelman Mosaic

The Keelmen of Tyne and Wear were a group of men who worked on the keels, large boats that carried the coal from the banks of both rivers to the waiting collier ships. Because of the shallowness of both rivers, it was difficult for ships of any significant draught to move up river and load with coal…


Mauritania 1906

RMS Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of 20 September 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the launch of RMS Olympic in 1910. Mauretania became a favourite among her passengers. She captured the eastbound Blue Riband on her maiden return voyage in December 1907, then claimed the westbound Blue…

Newcastle Central Station

Newcastle Central Station (1850)

The station opened in August 1850, as part of the then Newcastle & Carlisle Railway and York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway. Now a Grade I listed building, it is located in the city’s Grainger Town area, to the west of the Castle Keep.[1] In Simon Jenkins‘ Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, the station was one of only ten to be awarded five stars. wikipedia Tags: central…

Newcastle Civic Centre (1968)

Newcastle Civic Centre (1968)

Newcastle Civic Centre is a local government building located in the Haymarket area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is the main administrative and ceremonial centre for Newcastle City Council.[1] Designed by the city architect, George Kenyon,[2] the building was completed in 1967 and was formally opened by King Olav V of Norway on 14 November 1968.[3] It is a Grade II* listed building.[4] The Newcastle Civic Centre is the joint…

Newcastle Town Wall

Newcastle Town Wall

The Newcastle town wall is a medieval defensive wall, and Scheduled Ancient Monument, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It was built during the 13th and 14th centuries, and helped protect the town from attack and occupation during times of conflict. It was approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) long, at least 2 metres (6.5 ft) thick, up to 7.6 metres (25 ft) high, and had six main gates: Close Gate, West Gate, New Gate, Pilgrim Gate, Pandon Gate…

Stephenson's Rocket Mosaic

Stephenson’s Rocket

Rocket was designed by Robert Stephenson in 1829, and built at the Forth Street Works of his company in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Though Rocket was not the first steam locomotive, it was the first to bring together several innovations to produce the most advanced locomotive of its day. It is the most famous example of an evolving design of locomotives…

Tyne & Wear Metro

Tyne & Wear Metro (1980)

The initial Tyne and Wear Metro network opened between August 1980 and March 1984, mostly using converted former railway lines, linked with new tunnel infrastructure. Further extensions to the original network were opened in November 1991 (from Bank Foot to Airport),[11] and March 2002 (from Pelaw to Sunderland and South Hylton). wikipedia Tags: jesmond mosaics, railways, wall mosaics More Public Art Stephenson’s Rocket St…