St. George and the Dragon (1924) John Reid

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.

St George in front of St Thomas'
St George in front of St Thomas’

Location: Barras Bridge, Newcastle. Materials: Bronze, Portland Stone and Granite. Sttus: Listed Grade II.

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Prophecy Monolith

Once adjacent to the green hill, climb the stairs on your left to reach the large piece of sandstone enclosed by timber walling. This is Prophecy Monolith and contains the words, “Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree and instead of briars the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord`s renown for an everlasting sign which will not be destroyed“. These words from Isaiah, which were carved by Alec Peever, refer to the care required to maintain the environment.

Prophecy Monolith
Prophecy Monolith

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Sea Dreamers Rest

Cross over the lock gates, at either end of the harbour island between the two water inlets, examine at close hand the white feathers and the clay pipes set within the two capstans and, on the ground, look out for the bronze brogues and the ladies stilettos.

These pieces make up Sea Dreamer`s Rest, a work by local artist Gilly Rogers which reflects the romance of returning seamen as they reach for home or dream of open water. The white feathers symbolise the floating dreams of the people who pass through, their aspirations for the present and the creation of a confident future. The clay pipes reflect the passage of time, the encapsulation of dreams and the quiet contemplation of all who have gone before. The natural viewpoints have been recognised by the shoes; the brogues marking the seaward end and the ladies stilettos marking the marina end, suggesting the changing lifestyles during the long history of the harbour island and the community which thrives around it.

This path is part of two major lung-bursting cross-country cycling trails, the Coast to Coast (C2C) and the Reivers Cycling Route. Turn right where the fence ends and cross over the lock gates which serve the adjoining picturesque marina.

Sea Dreamers Rest
Sea Dreamers Rest
Sea Dreamers Rest
Sea Dreamers Rest

Lightening Clock

Lightning Clock by Sheffield born Andy Plant. The sculpture, commissioned to form the centrepiece of this popular retail complex, is as much performance as visual art, combining mechanics and engineering, a sense of place and a sense of humour. The clock is 30 feet high, consisting of two beaten copper spheres fixed to a stainless steel column resting on a cast iron base, with a fibre glass weatherman figure. As the hour approaches, all comes to life. The weatherman pulls a lever. The sound of thunder is heard. The face of the North Wind rotates, eyes rolling, and blows out smoke to knock the weatherman off his feet. Gradually, the storm dies down, all is quiet again….until the next hour strikes. The shopping centre is an ideal place to take a break and to have some refreshments.

Lightening Clock
Lightening Clock

Dean Street Door-well


As you walk down Dean Street to the Quayside, four doorways still have mosaic floor. These mosaics are visible even when the retail outlets are closed. Marco Polos- 33-37 Dean St, Offices 31 Dean St, , Sounds Alive 27-29 Dean Street..

Collingwood Street Door-well

Collingwood Street stretches from Central Station to St Nicholas Cathedral, it’s a busy street, busy with traffic, rather than pedestrians. Most people see the street from behind the window of a car, from that perspective it’s easy to miss these rather grubby mosaics which adorn some of the door wells on this once grand street.

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If you are wondering whether these photos have been touched up a little? They have, also the sun was shining that day. The sun does not shine every day in Newcastle.
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A little bit of work and the mosaics could look this good once again, but would anyone notice?

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Although Collingwood Street is a great place to find mosaics, there are plenty more in Newcastle, you just need to know where to look

Newcastle’s Keelmen

Newcastle's Keelmen, Jesmond's Subway Mosaics
Newcastle’s Keelmen, Jesmond’s Subway Mosaics

Keelmen operated shallow draughted wooden boats used to transport coal on shallow River Tyne to large Collier ships waiting in deeper water. Keelmen wore a distinctive costume of blue jacket, yellow waistcoat, bell-bottom trousers and blue bonnet. The Keelman’s Hospital, pictured, still standing, was built in 1699.

Scottish Siege of Newcastle

Town Walls – Jesmond Subway Mosaics

The Scots laid siege to the city of Newcastle-on-Tyne from 3 February, when the town was formally asked to surrender, until 19 October, the same year, when the Scots took the city by storm. Tynemouth fell on 27 October 1644 and the Scots were then able to control the Tyneside coal trade for a second time.

Town Wall, Orchard Street
Town Wall, Orchard Street

Stephenson’s Rocket

Stephenson's Rocket - Jesmond's Subway Mosaics
Stephenson’s Rocket – Jesmond’s Subway Mosaics

Is it Stephenson’s Rocket (1829) or ‘Locomotion No1 (1825)? The Rocket now resides at the Science Museum in London, but was built at the Forth Street Works, still standing behind Central Station in Newcastle,, Robert Stephenson’s Rocket marks one of the key advances in rail technology by one of the premier engineers of his age.

Bridge – Richard Talbot – West Monkseaton Metro


As part of the refurbishment of West Monkseaton station, Richard Talbot was commissioned to work with the project architects.

He designed the glazing which overlooks the tracks and platforms from the ticket hall and contributed to the general colour scheme for the station.

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Famous Faces – Bob Olley 1996

Bob Olley’s mural depicting famous personalities from the north east region, was created while working as Artist in Residence at the Customs House Gallery, South Shields. ‘Famous Faces’ includes the portraits of fourteen of the area’s most charismatic figures looking out of the carriage windows of a Metro train. In order to convey the breadth of achievement spanning across the region, celebrities are depicted from a multitude of backgrounds, encompassing sport, entertainment, broadcasting, literature, music, acting and the church.

Canon: Haymarket Metro

'Canon' by Lothar Goetz
‘Canon’ by Lothar Goetz

Canon by Lothar Goetz was commissioned in 2010, part of a £20m project to rebuild the station.

Canon, by Sunderland University lecturer Lothar Goetz, features dynamic flashes of colour that run through the bright new curved platform spaces and stretch up into the concourse above.

At street level a kaleidoscopic mosaic is designed to reflect the vibrant city and the six million passengers who pass through Haymarket every year.

Byker Barcodes

Byker Barcodes
Byker Barcodes

‘Byker Barcodes’ was commissoned in 2013 with support from Arts Council England, Newcastle City Council and Nexus.

The 11 metres wide ‘Byker Barcodes’ artwork Trails and Treasures captures everyday and overlooked features, patterns and detail from the streets of East Newcastle and weaves them into a colourful design inspired by local people.

The finished work by ‘rednile projects’ is also interactive, embedded with QR codes which can be scanned by smartphones to reveal stories and information about the area.

It marks the first of a series of six new commissions for Byker Metro which will appear over the next two years with the support of Arts Council England, Newcastle City Council and Nexus, which owns and manages Metro.