Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From a Bandstand to Byker Wall, Region Reveals Its Special Places; the North East Has a Wide Range of Listed Structures, but Some Are Not as Obvious as You Might Imagine

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From a Bandstand to Byker Wall, Region Reveals Its Special Places; the North East Has a Wide Range of Listed Structures, but Some Are Not as Obvious as You Might Imagine

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THE North East has a rich history which we are often reminded of at our every turn.

In the centre of Newcastle, landmarks such as Grey's Monument and the St James' Park dominate the city's skyline.

Just a short journey across the River Tyne, the Church of St Mary and the Monument to British Liberty in Gibside are quick reminders of the history of Gateshead.

And city folk only need to take a short drive to see the likes of Alnwick and Bamburgh castles, or Durham Cathedral - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Buildings, objects or structure of historical significance across the country are protected with a Listed status, and there are literally hundreds scattered throughout the North East. Some will be instantly recognisable across the world, but there are others that many in the North East will probably have never known had a protected status.

Here, we've taken a look at some of the Listed buildings or objects from the functional to the sublime.

BYKER WALL Designed by renowned architect Ralph Erskine and built in the 1970s, the six-storey complex of 628 flats remains a recognisable landmark.

The Wall - which stretches for 1.3 miles - is now a Grade II Listed building.

DRINKING FOUNTAINS Unbeknown to many who've enjoyed a quick drink, there are several listed fountains across the region.

Two of these - one east of the Church of St James in Benwell, and the other by The Saltgrass in Sunderland - have been afforded Grade II status.

EXHIBITION PARK BANDSTAND Opened in 1878 in a corner of Newcastle Moor, the park was recently given a PS3.2m facelift.

And the popular meeting point at the heart of it all was granted Grade II Listed status back in 1971.

K4 TELEPHONE BOX With nearly everybody owning mobile phones now, an old-fashioned (and working) telephone box has become something of a rare sight. …

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