Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City's Changing Face Is Captured

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City's Changing Face Is Captured

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NEWCASTLE'S changing has been lovingly detailed in a new book by Rob Kirkup.

Called Newcastle Then & Now, pictures taken in the past of well known places in the city are compared to photographs taken in the present day.

It is a simple but very effective way of seeing how much areas of Newcastle have changed over the years - and in some cases, how little.

Rob, 34, of Hadrian Park, North Tyneside, said: "In all I chose 45 places from in and around the city centre.

"I got hold of archive photos, some dating as far back as 1860s, and took a comparison photo of the same spot from the same vantage point today.

"It took probably over a year in total to research.

"I drew up a wish list of 80 places and whittled it down to 45. The big thing was searching for the archive photos. I had to find really interesting photos from back in the day."

The places chosen include street scenes, churches, parks, the city's bridges, historic buildings and, of course, St James' Park, home of Newcastle United.

Rob, who works for a mobile phone company, said: "Being an avid fan, I've followed the history of the club quite closely. I got hold of photos dating back to the 1930s but the photo I chose was from the 1960s.

"I chose that one after taking a batch of photos into work to sort out which ones to use. One of the guys I worked with looked at it and said he didn't remember the ground ever looking like that. My dad said the same thing."

The picture was taken in 1965 when the future of St James' Park - then looking very down-at-heel was under threat. There were plans being drawn up either to build a new stadium in Gosforth or - Toon fans of a delicate constitution look away now - move to Wearside and ground share with Sunderland.

"Of course compared to 1965, the ground has developed beyond recognition," said Rob. …

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