In the mid-sixties Newcastle City Corporation took the decision to redevelop the Byker area of Newcastle upon Tyne. Originally Byker was a Victorian working-class area of typical densely-built terraces. By the 1960s much of the housing needed major repair and upgrading. In 1953 Byker had nearly 1,200 dwellings considered unfit for human habitation (many lacked bathrooms), yet 80% of residents wanted to stay in Byker, a location on the eastern edge of the city centre close to industry on the riverside. Newcastle council aimed to clear the slums but keep the community. The appointment of Ralph Erskine as architect in 1969 was seen as an inspired choice and one sensitive to local needs. Erskine's Plan of Intent was adopted by the Council in 1970.
See also my photos of Shields Road and St Lawrence's Square in Byker.
Photos of Byker that I've took over the last couple of years set to Lindisfarne's Meet Me On The Corner.
Another video about the Byker estate featuring Writer – journalist, broadcaster and playwright Beatrix Campbell.
Byker Cully Tour
Byker, Newcastle - Kay's AS Geography
Byker photography exhibition - Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Byker Redevelopment 3D Models - Great Buildings Online
Hare and Hounds For Sale. A photograph taken in 1975 looking up Raby Street towards Rabygate. The Hare and Hounds is on the right.
The Ralph Erskine Society