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photoblog image Central Arcade, Newcastle

Central Arcade, Newcastle

 

From Wikipedia:

"The Central Arcade in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 and designed by Oswald and Son, of Newcastle. It is contained within the Central Exchange building, which was built by Richard Grainger in 1836–38 to the designs of John Wardle and George Walker. The Central Exchange is a triangular building which was intended to be a corn exchange but became a subscription newsroom. In 1870 the Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts converted the news room into an art gallery, concert hall and theatre. The building was ravaged by fire in 1867 and again in 1901, and in 1906 the Central Arcade was created within the original building."

 

The shop on the right of the picture, J.G. Windows, is one of the earliest music and musical instrument stores in the country, being founded in 1908 - I bought my jazz and classical records there for years.  No longer a family firm, it was sold to some former employees and associates in 2006, but retains the family name.

Central Arcade, Newcastle

 

From Wikipedia:

"The Central Arcade in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 and designed by Oswald and Son, of Newcastle. It is contained within the Central Exchange building, which was built by Richard Grainger in 1836–38 to the designs of John Wardle and George Walker. The Central Exchange is a triangular building which was intended to be a corn exchange but became a subscription newsroom. In 1870 the Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts converted the news room into an art gallery, concert hall and theatre. The building was ravaged by fire in 1867 and again in 1901, and in 1906 the Central Arcade was created within the original building."

 

The shop on the right of the picture, J.G. Windows, is one of the earliest music and musical instrument stores in the country, being founded in 1908 - I bought my jazz and classical records there for years.  No longer a family firm, it was sold to some former employees and associates in 2006, but retains the family name.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 20 Jul 2017, 00:55
What Malls should look like...
Tom Wilson: Absolutely
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Jul 2017, 05:56
I like arcades Tom. They keep you safe from traffic, dry when it rains, shaded from the sun (if that should ever happen) and usually are of elegant design, such as in this one.
Tom Wilson: I agree entirely, Chad - I don't understand why, in our climate, we have so few of them in our cities - you'd think they'd be a natural choice!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 20 Jul 2017, 06:41
It is very fine, Tom, much nicer than the under-cover shopping arcades today
Tom Wilson: The Edwardian decor does give it a touch of class smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Jul 2017, 07:11
What a splendid place this looks Tom!
Tom Wilson: Sadly, there was much more foot traffic in the modern Eldon Centre shopping centre :-(
This reminds me of a quite famous shopping center in Melbourne AU.
Tom Wilson: I imagine they could be from the same period.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Jul 2017, 18:34
Very elegant arcades - I saw similar arcades in Leeds. It is a pity that there are so few customers.
I like these old arcades, hopefully they will remain for many more years yet.
I love these Victorian and Edwardian Arcades beats the modern shopping mall into a cocked hat
Good to know you can still buy musical stuff Tom.

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