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.

See also my photos of Shields Road and St Lawrence's Square in Byker.



Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        Byker Estate


Byker Estate        The old Byker Library


Byker Estate        Byker Estate        Byker Estate




Byker Metro




Byker Metro        Byker Metro


Byker Metro        Byker Metro


Byker Metro        Byker Metro




East End Library and Swimming Pool




New Byker Library        New Byker Library


New Byker Library        New Byker Library


New Byker Library        New Byker Library





A short video about the Byker redevelopment.







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.





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.