Scottish & Newcastle Breweries were once a huge company here in Newcastle that employed thousands of people and they occupied large areas of land around St James Park. For whatever reason the company has slowly pulled out of Newcastle in recent years and the last nail in the coffin, so to speak, was the moving of production and bottling of Newcastle Brown Ale over the river Tyne to the Dunston Federation Brewery. Scottish and Dunston does'nt quite have the same ring to it does it?
S&N sold the land to Newcastle city council in 2004 I think. The deal meant 14.4 acres of the site have now passed from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries to Newcastle City Council, One NorthEast and Newcastle University who have pledged to use Science City status to enhance the region’s growing reputation for pioneering scientific research and as a key location for knowledge based business.
Here is an old article about the closure. S&N to close Newcastle brewery
Here is what remains of the site some 2 years later in January 2006.
Here is a few ironic pictures sent in by Rowland Barker an ex-Heaton boy now living in the States. Thanks Rowland.