Dame Margaret Barbour


Plaque 4 of 20: Dame Margaret Barbour DBE
Location: Newcastle Quayside, opposite the Sage Building.

Dame Margaret Barbour, DBE, was born 1940 and is a British businesswoman and philanthropist who in 1999, together with her daughter Helen Barbour, established the Women’s Fund to encourage and support women within Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to develop their full potential.

The Women’s Fund, operated by the Community Foundation, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In 2000, in memory of her mother in law, Dame Margaret set up The Nancy Barbour Award, which is an award within the Women’s Fund that recognises organisations helping women to play a more active part in the community, particularly those who work with a disability.

Dame Margaret was married to the late John Barbour (died 1968) whose ancestor of the same name had founded clothing firm J. Barbour & Sons in 1894. Dame Margaret has held the office of Company Chairman of J. Barbour & Sons since 1972.

A teacher originally, she is credited as having reinvented the waterproof wax clothes firm. She turned the company’s rustic clothes – initially designed for seamen, river workers, motorcyclists and Royal Navy submariners – into “”a fashion accessory for the 1980s urban Sloane Rangers and the British upper-class country set

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Sirkka Liisa Konttinen


Plaque 3 of 20: Sirkka Liisa Konttinen
Location: Newcastle Quayside, near Wesley Memorial and Law Courts, opposite HMS Calliope.

Sirkka Liisa Konttinen. Photographer & co-founder of the Amber Collective. Captured the people of Byker to international acclaim. Born in Finland, Konttinen began taking photographs at the age of twelve, inspired by her aunt Oili who was a skilful amateur photographer. She developed a keen interest in documentary photography and later decided to study film making in London. Here, along with other students, she formed the Amber Collective.

Sirkka is perhaps best known for her book ‘Byker’ of 1983, a seminal portrait of the terraced Newcastle community, eventually bulldozed to make way for the Byker Wall and the wholesale redevelopment of the area. She began her project in 1969, when she moved to the North East of England and lived in Byker for seven years, until her own house was demolished. Thereafter she continued to photograph and to collect testimonies from the residents for a further five years.

In 1969, the collective moved to Newcastle with a commitment to documenting working class communities through film and photograph, and in 1977 it established the Side Photographic Gallery. The Gallery is just off the Quayside and well worth a visit.



Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais


Plaque 2 of 20: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Location: Newcastle Quayside, near to the Millennium Bridge.

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are the writers behind three of the most popular and classic British comedies – The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Weidersehen Pet as well as Lovejoy.

Apart from penning feature film versions of their greatest hits, they have also scripted other memorable large screen works including The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker. Ian La Frenais also adapted Lovejoy (BBC, 1986-94) for TV and co-created (with Jimmy Nail) Spender (BBC, 1991-93


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Geordie Local Heroes Walk


“Diamond shaped markers guide walkers following the Local Heroes Plaques.

20 Plaques, each about 80 metres apart, take walkers from the Millennium Bridge to the Swing Bridge and over to the other side of the river in an oval walk. This spectacular route has been named ‘The Great North Way’ and follows much of the route of the Junior Great North Run.

The Great North Way, the first official UK Great Way, covers a distance of exactly 1 mile (1609.344 m) around the scenic NewcastleGateshead Quayside. A series of bronze plaques are set into the pavement making use of the current Great North Way route which goes from Baltic Square to the Swing Bridge, across the river and back along the River Tyne to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Local Heroes is a Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ style trail around NewcastleGateshead’s iconic Quayside. The trail honours individuals, either from or with strong links to the area that have made a significant contribution to NewcastleGateshead or the wider world over the past 60 years.

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Hadrian’s Wall Byker

Hadrian’s Wall with Byker Wall in the background.

Until recently not many people knew that Hadrian’s Wall ran down the Shields Road in Byker. During the Construction of the new Byker Swimming Pool in 2001, whilst digging the foundations, a section of Hadrians Wall was uncovered. If you look carefully, small circles are visible, representing an early form of barbed wire used to reinforce the wall

Hadrian Square Mosaic, Byker

Remnants of Hadrian’s Wall

Byker Apollo

20140624-093952-34792632.jpgA view of the exterior of the rebuilt Apollo cinema Shields Road Byker taken in 1956.The Apollo Cinema had been damaged by a bomb on 6 May 1941 and was rebuilt in 1955 using the original 1933 plans. The cinema remained open until 1983. Theatres Collection : Local Studies Printed Copy : If you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt quoting Accession Number : 068678

Byker Apollo opened in 1933, two showings per evening prices about 6d to a shilling, the cinema was very popular, it had a heated waiting room for those standing in a queue, reputed to have had the first car park in Newcastle. In 1941 the Apollo suffered a direct hit from the Luftwaffe, the adjoining billiard hall survived but the Apollo was destroyed. The Cinema was later rebuilt. Up until the sixties, excited children could be seen emerging from Saturday morning cinema, capes flying, having enjoyed another episode of Zorro or the Lone Ranger.

Extraordinary Churches in Newcastle

Sailors Bethel Quayside
Sailors Bethel Quayside

There are a lot of beautiful churches in Newcastle, but only seven churches are Grade 1 Listed. Listed here are the Grade 1 Listed Churches all of which are remarkable for one reason or another, all are within easy walking distance of the centre, perhaps with the exception of one in Jesmond.

How to Find Six Grade 1 Listed Churches in Newcastle - Snapguide

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Stephenson Quarter

The area of Newcastle behind Central Station, is sometimes called the Stephenson Quarter, this was the birthplace of Stephenson’s Rocket, one of the first steam locomotives. The building housing the workshops is miraculously still standing.
Recently this area of Newcastle has been in the news because of proposed redevelopment. Some of this redevelopment has already happened. There is a cafe in a stunning atrium well worth a look, pictured. Quadrata, Central Square, Forth Street
Here is a review.