Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A City for 135 Years: 10 Great Things

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A City for 135 Years: 10 Great Things

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East @

SO when did Newcastle become a city? 1,000 years ago? 500 years ago? You may be surprised to learn it gained city status as relatively recently as 1882.

Before that it was a town and, indeed, many of still talk about "going to the town" or refer to Newcastle United as "the Toon".

But on this day 135 years ago, the expanding metropolis of Newcastle parted from the Durham diocese, and a new Diocese of Newcastle was formed.

St Nicholas' Church became a cathedral and the rest is history.

In celebration of its 135 years as a city, we pick out 10 things that make Newcastle great.

|1. Newcastle Castle: The structure that gave Newcastle its name. Built by the Normans between 1168 and 1179, it defended the early bridges into the town. The city's oldest building, it's well worth a visit if you haven't been for a while.

|2. The High Level Bridge: OK, we all love the Tyne Bridge, but this double-deck road and rail bridge, and marvel of Victorian industrial engineering, meant trains could run between Newcastle and London for the first time. It was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. | |3. St James' Park: While other football clubs have moved away from their old city-centre homes to soulless new "flat-pack" stadiums, the Toon have resided at their address on Barrack Road since 1892. More than 50,000 fans flock to the "cathedral on the hill" for every home game. | |4. Grey Street: The centre-piece of Richard Grainger and John Dobson's ambitious plans for a new town centre in the 1830s.

Today, the old banks and finance houses have been replaced by trendy bars and restaurants. In the shadow of Grey's Monument, the street with its fine buildings and graceful curve is one of England's finest.

|5. Newcastle International Airport: A major asset to the city and region, it was opened in 1935 (with its first foreign flight - to Stavanger in Norway - coming in 1937). …

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