Prudhoe Chare

Prudhoe Chare provides an alternative pedestrian access to Eldon Square Shopping Centre from Northumberland Street. It was built on the line of Prudhoe Street which linked Percy Street to Northumberland Street. There was a pub here from about 1855, the Northumberland Arms, which was demolished along with the other pubs in the street when the shopping centre was constructed in 1976.

A pub of the same name was built for the new centre and the external wall decorated with stone carvings salvaged from the old library, town hall and YMCA in Blackett Street. The heads at the top of this panel include Thomas Bewick (engraver), George Stephenson (railway pioneer) and Admiral Collingwood on tapered keystones (from arches) and a semi-circular panel with '1881' in the middle of foliate carving. The other heads are those of various gods and goddesses.

Seven carved heads of gods and goddesses on the south wall of Prudhoe Chare. Neptune is in the centre, and others may include the River God Tyne and Bacchus, around a sea-horse, emblem of the City of Newcastle.

Text adapted from and Sitelines.

22nd September 2023

6th February 2017

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