Photos of Newcastle

Byker

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.


Apologies for the quality of some of the following photos as a lot were took with my first digital camera many many years ago.

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Mouse-over the photos to see the date the photo was taken.


The Middle Club Raby Street - Commercial Road

February 2007



Byker Primary School and Brinkburn Street

February 2007



Brinkburn Street

September 2006



Raby Street area

January 2009

July 2008

July 2008



Priory Place

July 2008



Brinkburn Street - Old Byker Baths

July 2008



Brinkburn Street - Old Byker Library

August 2008



Bolam Coyne

June 2008



Kendal Street

April 2008

February 2006



Priory Green

April 2008

September 2006

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Raby Street

April 2008

September 2006

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Raby Street - The Hare and Hounds

April 2008



Headlam Street - The Stags Head

April 2006

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Headlam Street

April 2008

April 2006



Headlam Street - Community Centre

April 2008



St Michaels Mount - Michaelgate

April 2008



Janet Street - Janet Square

May 2007



Jubilee Terrace

October 2006



Gordon Road

September 2006



Gordon Road - Priory Green Church

February 2006



Brock Street

September 2006



Lilburn Close

September 2006



Raby Cross

September 2006

September 2006



Rooftop Views from around Avondale Road

April 2008

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April 2006

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Headlam Street - St Michaels Church

April 2006



Union Road - New Fire Station

April 2006




Top of Byker Bank looking east

December 2005



Shields Road Bypass

December 2005



Michaelgate

April 2008



Byker Metro

June 2009

August 2009

April 2008

December 2005

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East End Library and Swimming Pool

June 2009

February 2008

April 2006

November 2005

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A short video about the Byker redevelopment.








Photos of Byker that I've took over the last couple of years.








Another video about the Byker estate featuring Writer – journalist, broadcaster and playwright Beatrix Campbell.






The story of the redevelopment of the iconic Byker estate in pictures.






More Information
Byker Cully Tour
Byker
Byker, Newcastle - Kay's AS Geography
Digital Video
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





5 comments:

Apprentice said...

Very impressive blog here ILuvNFUC, it's quickly becoming a major resource for local photos, right up there in the search engine rankings. Good stuff. :)

(brendadada)

Apprentice said...

btw, do you know anything about a Byker photography collective? In the old Tyne Tess building, as far as I know??

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks.:)
I'm quite surprised at how popular this site getting. I expected Google to pick it up quickly but I get just as many hits from MSN too.

Can't say I've heard of the Byker collective but I will try and find out.
Have you had a look at the links in my sidebar as they may hold some clues?
The Sine.ncl.ac.uk is an amazing site

Phil K said...

I notice you rightly say Walker was named by Vikings (and old English) but so was Byker - both Byker and Walker were named by Danish Vikings 8th-10th century or so. Only where does the "By" part come from ? We know the "Wal" part of Walker meant by the wall for obvious reasons. (Good old Hadrian !)

Phil K said...

.....unless thats exactly what it means !
"By" - by the..."Kyer" marshy woodlands !
I think i recall (from Bill Brsyon) that many small words like "by" used in English IS from Old Norse.