Brandling Park

Brandling Park is situated in the ward of South Jesmond and it is separated from Exhibition Park by the A1 which has a lit public underpass giving access from one park to the other.

Like many City parks, Brandling was recovered from the Town Moor, "redeemed from very unpromising surroundings and its present condition reflects the highest credit on the public-spirited action of the corporation". The Park was completed in 1878.

The Brandling family (after whom the park was named) played a leading role in Newcastle life for 450 years. They acted as mayors, businessmen, M.P’s, landowners and mine owners. It was the disastrous explosion at the Brandling’s Felling Colliery in 1812 that led to the invention of the miner’s safety lamp. Most of the family were fine, upstanding citizens, while some were sharp businessmen or worse – one 16th century Brandling was excommunicated charged with adultery, assault and other offences, fined £3,000 plus costs and sentenced to prison. Somehow he never had to pay the fine and neither did he go to prison. The family knew how to survive and prosper.

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Anonymous said...

Brandling Park used to be nice until the attentions of a certain T Dan Smith and his cronies. They should never has built that naff motorway through the middle of the town! I used to paddle in the Brandling Park paddling pool when I was toddler in the 60s.


Newcastle Photos said...

What used to seperate Brandling Park from Exhibition Park before the motorway was built? Was there a smaller road there before?

Anonymous said...

Yes ILuvNUFC, prior to the motorway the main road was the North Road, later to become the Great North Road. The park was a little larger and housed a small paddling pond. The North Road would have been a lot quieter - compared to the constant din of traffic heard today.

Newcastle Photos said...

Cheers :)
The traffic noise stops it from feeling like a real park.

Anonymous said...

You can see Brandling Park before the motorway was built here:

The presenter walks from the Great North Road through the park.
It's surprising how busy it used to be.

Newcastle Photos said...

Thanks,, great video.

Anonymous said...

The water fountain from the Grainger Market was resited at the Brandling Park. I believe it was later stolen from the park.

Anonymous said...

Smith wasn't responsible for the motorway. It was done on Central government orders.