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Newcastle city centre's Blackett Street in the mid-20th century - then and Now; A coloured-up picture postcard of Blackett Street, Newcastle, and the same view around six decades later.

Byline: David Morton

This old picture postcard view ofNewcastle'sBlackett Street has, at one time, been lovingly touched up by some creative individual in the days when photos were strictly black and white.

The attention to detail is impressive with the old Eldon Grill restaurant, on the right, and the Northern Goldsmith's clock, further on, both present and correct.

Not to mention the trolley buses in their traditional banana-yellow livery - a striking sight which surprised many a new visitor to the city over the years.

Around six or seven decades later, the modern view, from roughly where Grey's Monument is, remains familiar.

The recent re-development of Monument Mall, on the left of the new picture, complements the grandeur of many of the older buildings in this location.

Shoppers' thoughts on Blackett Street changes

On a historical note, Blackett Street was named after a one-time Mayor of Newcastle - John Blackett - and was built in the mid-1820s, following the line of the North section of the old Town Wall.


Credit: UGC, TNE

A coloured-up picture postcard of Blackett Street, Newcastle, mid-20th century

Credit: Newcastle Chronicle

Blackett Street, Newcastle, in recent times

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2017
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