Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strawberry Fields and and Hangings! Strawberry Fields and Public Executions.DAVE MORTON Offers a Potted History of Newcastle's Gallowgate Area

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strawberry Fields and and Hangings! Strawberry Fields and Public Executions.DAVE MORTON Offers a Potted History of Newcastle's Gallowgate Area

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Byline: DAVE MORTON

THE Strawberry is one of Newcastle's oldest and finest pubs.

A stone's throw from St James' Park, for decades it's been the spiritual home for fans of Newcastle United who flock there for a match-day pint.

There's usually quite a squeeze when there's a game on, but this weekend sees the completion of welcome expansion work.

Landlord Mike Hill said: "There's been a hell of a lot of building work going on in the upstairs of the pub.

"It used to be a domestic flat, with a service bar, which we are now expanding into.

"Now it's finished, it will nearly double the size of the pub. There should be quite an atmosphere on match days."

But what of the history of the pub, the street and, indeed, the surrounding area? Mike revealed: "There's been a building here since 1840, and it's been a pub since 1859.

"Allegedly, the pub's name and the street name, Strawberry Place, derives from the nuns of near-by St Bartholomew's who grew strawberries on plantations here and made strawberry wine."

If the pub has been a constant feature in the area for many decades, Strawberry Place has changed much.

Older readers might remember St James' Hall, a boxing hall just over the road from the football ground.

Opened in 1930, world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston once sparred there, and all-in wrestling was all the rage for a while, before the hall closed in 1968.

Meanwhile, St James' Park itself has transformed from a Victorian football ground to 21st century super stadium.

In one long-forgotten story from 1919, the Chronicle reported how a plane, which was running out of petrol, tried to land at St James' Park, but smashed into Strawberry Place, killing the pilot, Lt Frederick Shephard.

As for St James' Park, it was developed on the most southern part of Castle Leazes.

Football has been played on its sloping pitch since 1880 when it was home to Newcastle Rangers. …

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