Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead 1864

53 people were killed and 400-500 injured in this massive fire which started at a worsted manufacture in Gateshead, before spreading to a bond warehousese storing sulphur and nitrate of soda. The explosion when it came, was heard 40 miles away in Alnwick and Hartlepool and left a crater.

Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead - Jesmond's Subway Mosaics
Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead – Jesmond’s Subway Mosaics