The Bonded warehouses were built between 1841 and 1844 by Amor Spoor who carried out his wealthy trade until his death and it continued on beyond the centenary of these buildings. The warehouses were finally abandoned during the late 1970s.
The warehouses were named 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.
Houses 10 to 30 were demolished during the early 1980s and replaced with a terraced garden which gained a certain notoriety with local criminals doing all kinds of shady deals and men who batted for the other team, so to speak, carrying on sordid acts in the area. "The gardens" have recently been renovated to make it more open plan meaning less of the dubious goings on.
Warehouse 50 was severely fire damaged in the early 1990s and its carcass was beyond repair and demolished. Warehouse 40 is the only one left standing, just. There are plans to renovate what's left into offices and apartments but I'm beginning to wonder if that will ever go ahead.
Edit: On the 24th march 2006 there was another huge fire in the remaining building which caused havoc throughout the city.
News report here Crews monitor fire-hit building and the 5 pictures below were taken around 24 hours after the fire but I could'nt get too close due to the area being cordoned off.
Thanks to anonymous who mailed me the 2 photos of the building on fire.
Warehouse still burning
Decision due on gutted warehouse
Third edit: Fire-hit warehouse talks continue. Thanks to Lynda for the news about the minumum of a partial demolition planned. Read the link and comments for the full story.
Fourth edit: More pictures of the damage here icNewcastle - Burnt-out shell
Fifth edit: Demolition of the top four floors on the front of the building is due start any day now. More demolition may be needed but they plan to keep the internal walls. I got a bit closer to the warehouse today so here are a few of the pictures that I took.
Sixth edit:Thanks to benjymous for the above video shot with his camera from a office just above the fire. Here is a link to all the videos that he shot of the fire on YouTube.
Seventh edit: icNewcastle - Building's fire will not stop flats plan
Eighth edit: 16 Aug 2006 Some 5 months later and still nothing has been done on the site. In fact when I was around there a few days back I managed to get right up close to the building as all the fences around the back had been knocked down and there was no sign of workers or security at all. I was well aware of the fact that it was unsafe to be around there but kids or tourists may not think the same if there were no fences around it. Shame on whoever. Anyhoo here is a few of the photos that I took a few days back.
Ninth edit: 20th September 2006 The owners of the fire-ravaged Victorian landmark were told yesterday to make the ruins safe within 28 days - or see it bulldozed. The Bonded Warehouse at The Close, opposite the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle, was gutted by the massive blaze in March, but the fragile shell is still standing - and in danger of collapse. Magistrates at Gosforth in Newcastle ruled yesterday that owners Zirca Ltd had to begin work before winter weather conditions started and further endangered the unstable area. If the firm fails to act on the order within 28 days, Newcastle City Council would be able to knock down the buildings and charge the company for the cost. London-based Zirca's managing director Toby Atkinson said yesterday that the company was determined to save the Grade II listed building and would accept the Dangerous Buildings Order. More Here are a few photos of the development which is now well under way.
A few more recent photos as the project nears an end.
OLD PHOTOS OF THE BONDED WAREHOUSE
OLD PHOTOS OF THE BONDED WAREHOUSE