Hanover Street has Newcastle’s most fascinating street surface, a “Stone Tramway” of large baulks of stone laid in the roadway to provide a smooth surface for horse-drawn carts. This arrangement was once common in cobbled streets or on steep hills.
The granite blocks provided a smoother surface for the wheels of the carts, whilst the traditional setts between the “”line”” allowed a better grip for the horses hooves. This system was only provided for the traffic travelling up the steep slope of the street. The idea is thought to have been first used in northern Italy and introduced into this country in the early nineteenth century.
Hanover Street itself was laid out when the massive bonded warehouses were built in the years from 1841 to 1844 for Amor Spoor. The south elevation of the long 43 bay building faces on to The Close, where two tall rusticated sandstone arched entrances give access to stairs leading up to the higher levels of Hanover Street.
The street led from the junction of The Close and the Skinnerburn to Hanover Place from which the street took its name, passing from outside to inside the Town Wall.