Situated next to the West end of St. Thomas’s Church at Barras Bridge. This statue is a First World War Memorial to the fallen of the 6th (Territorial) Battalion of Northumberland Fusiliers. In WW2 plaques were added for the 43rd and 49th Battalions of the Royal Tank Regiment. There are also stained glass windows in church commemorating them. The life size bronze figure stands sheathing his sword over the severed head of the dragon while the pedestal below is decorated with an enamel on the same theme, perhaps most remarkable of all is the face, which is very striking.
Location: Barras Bridge, Newcastle. Materials: Bronze, Portland Stone and Granite. Sttus: Listed Grade II.
As Renown blows her horn, the drummer boys at the fore are poised and alert, while the officers ranged behind them look staunchly forward, rifles at the ready. Pressing on after them, among those already in uniform, are some still in cloth caps and work-clothes, several are seen making their last farewells..
Built to the design of a castle, Newcastle Civic Centre has a Garth or Castle, a tower, narrow vertical windows in some of the rooms, a partial moat and an inverted Portcullis. The fine art work was done by Geoffry Clark, the screens are very decorative with a beautiful soffet roof above.
Worth a look are the glass etchings near the main entrance to Newcastle Civic Centre. John Hutton from New Zealand did etching for the Civic Centre, also did a lot of work on Coventry Cathedral, at the Civic Centre his etchings include; Swans lightbulb, Parsons Turbine, Stephensons Rocket, unfortunately the Armstrong window was damaged and has yet to be replaced. Show the main four engineers for the region.
John Hutton (artist) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hutton_%28artist%29At the Civic Centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, he created a glass screen representing some of the great inventions of the city and also figures from local mythology with his…
1992 the year Newcastle Polytechnic became Northumbria University, these 15 granite books were unveiled that year by the Duchess of Northumberland. Fred Watson born locally, taught fine art at the University.
Statue of miner modelled on a figure from the famous Ralph Hedley painting ‘Going Home’. Burt Hall was built by the miners in recognition of Thomas Burt, first miner to become an M.P. . Burt also appointed Secretary of Board of Trade. This statue is high up, overlooking Newcastle’s City Hall, it’s surprising just how many people never notice it.
This was home to the Northumberland Miners Association from 1895 and is named after Thomas Burt, the first working miner to be elected to Parliament. The building he stands proudly upon is Burt Hall. Cross over to it. It was once the Northumberland branch of the National Union of Miners and was named after Thomas Burt, who was MP for Morpeth in Northumberland for more than 40 years, from 1874, and was the first working miner to be elected to Parliament.
Although Spital Tongues Colliery and the Victoria Tunnel had closed by this time, coal mining remained a major industry on Tyneside until more recent times. Burt Hall is now part of the University of Northumbria.
Worth 10 minutes of anyones time, Newcastle’s most informative public art work, themes of Oceanus, Monkchester, Pons Aelius and Geordie, engineering, architecture, shipwrights, artists and social reformers. 2.3m high 2.7m wide.
“Newcastle Through The Ages”, is a surprisingly dense portrayal of Newcastle’s history. It is worth spending a little time studying it, something is bound to surprise you.
The work depicts many facets of the city’s past: bridges, coal mining, steam locomotives and cranes; themes of Monkchester, Oceanus, Pons Aelius and Geordie and various local engineers, architects, tradesmen, shipwrights, artists and social reformers.
An Armstrong Whitworth car features on one of the panels.
The work was installed in 1974, the Artists were Henry and Joyce Collins, their work can also be seen on the BT Tower in London. The work was commissioned by Newcastle City Council and Northern Arts, the left panel measures 2.3m high and 2.7m wide, the right being 2.3 m high and 6.4m wide. Made from polychrome cement fondu and stone.
This 6.5 metre bronze statue stands a the end of a symbolic river of black granite which marks the course of the Pandon Burn 20 metres below. The Pandon Burn was originally as deep and beautiful as Jesmond Dene.