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  1. Walkergate Hospital in Newcastle opened in the 1880's, it was originally a hospital for infectious diseases. During the First World War injured soldiers who were sent home were temporarily housed in the two pavilions at the east end of the site, these were demolished in 1979. In the Second World War the hospital fell victim to bombing. In more recent years the hospital had an ENT department, x-ray and a small theatre.. Various parts of the hospital closed over the years, with the announcement that the final two wards, that provided longer term palliative care for patients with chronic conditions and shorter term respite care, would close during the summer of 2011. The demo was already well underway when we visited. On with some pics Externals Internals
  2. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  3. History The Newgate building, located in Newcastle City Centre was built in the early 1900’s. The Grade II listed structure, with its twin towers, ornate clock faces, sweeping curves and large windows, is a famous landmark in the city. After the 1901 site was redeveloped in 1932, it functioned as a popular shopping destination, insofar as it was considered to have been one of the most elegant venues in Newcastle for many years. In addition to the shopping areas, the building also boasted having a four room dance suite which accommodated various events ranging from cabaret nights, ballroom dancing, dance auditions, wedding receptions, corporate functions and Christmas parties. Marian, aged 76, a former sorter from 1950-56, in an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle newspaper, suggested that “it was a marvellous place to work, there was no bickering, no back-biting and if you were behind with your work people would always come and help you outâ€. In later years the entire site was best recognised as ‘the Co-op building’ since there was a large Co-op located inside. The Newgate Building closed in December 2011, to make way for a new major leisure development, a six story hotel, restaurants and a gym complex. Initially, when plans were being drawn to renovate the area in 2007, the building was estimated to be worth £25 million, however, it was eventually sold for £12 million after property prices plummeted. The Gate, which is next door to the Newgate building, was constructed in the early 2000’s and was opened on 28th November 2002. It cost approximately £80 million and was built by Land Securities. The venue is a large retail and leisure complex spread across three floors. It includes a 16 screen cinema, a casino, and a number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. In 2010, Jamie Ritblat’s property company, Delancey purchased The Gate as part of a £900 million package of properties from the PropInvest Group. In 2012, however, it was sold to the Crown Estate for £60 million. Our Version of Events After our success in Charlton Bonds the sun was already rising and the start of a new day was already upon us. So, since the sun was up, we made a unanimous decision to skip the usual bedtime routine and crack on with something else. Next then, we came across the old Co-op building with its famous towers and, despite the lack of scaffolding, we managed to find a way inside. We were soon enjoying the early sunrise across Newcastle City Centre from up top. It was, however, quite surprisingly – since it is June after all, fairly chilly up on top; there was even a decent layer of ice on the roof. Even so, after grabbing a few shots of the towers and the surrounding bits of city, it wasn’t long before we decided to skate over to The Gate rooftop, which can be access from up there, to have a look at the view from a different angle. By now the darkness had completely disappeared, but it was worth it to see the early morning clouds roll into the city over the bridges. Just as it was time to leave, after having spent a fair bit of time up there, we realised that we’d not actually been on top of either of the towers. So, before leaving we set off in search of a way in – at least one that involved less climbing and was less nippy on the fingers. Several minutes or so later, we did indeed discover an extremely small hatch and although it took a fair bit of contortionist skill to get past this obstacle we managed to get inside one of the clock towers. It was worth it; it always is to get a little higher. Explored with Ford Mayhem and Soul. 1: The Newgate Building (Taken After the Explore) 2: Early Morning on Newgate 3: One of the Towers 4: St. James Park and a Crane 5: The Two Towers 6: One of the Clock Faces 7: Inside the Newgate Building 8: The Small Gap in the Hatch 9: From Newgate Tower 10: Flagpole 11: Early Morning Fog 12: Newcastle City 13: More of Newcastle City 14: The Gate Rooftop 15: Window Cleaning Rig 16: View from The Gate 17: Looking Over The Gate 18: The Towers from The Gate 19: Rooftop Bits and Bobs 20: Icy Floors
  4. History Charlton Bonds is a former bonded warehouse. It was constructed in 1885. The building itself was put together using concrete and cast iron framework; ornate brick, a stone façade and a slate roof were added for decorative purposes. The large property comprises of three former dance studios, changing facilities, office and meeting spaces, a former Chinese café area and a sizeable basement. A number of other buildings have been constructed close to Charlton Bonds meaning that a small courtyard also lies at the centre. Inside that courtyard there are five individual gravestones. In 1835, before Charlton Bonds was created, Newcastle’s Jewish community purchased a plot of land within the vicinity and a synagogue was erected shortly afterwards; more land was later purchased nearby for use as a burial ground. Although it was initially a well-used religious site, much of the local Jewish community moved and the decline in the number of followers was considerable. Consequently, the Jewish synagogue was demolished many years ago; the exact date is unrecorded. Since its closure much of the Jewish graveyard was redeveloped and, even though the removal of the site was disputed, the plot was allocated to a new theatre company. The Jewish community were only permitted to hold onto a smaller part of the graveyard and these are the graves which still exist today. Five graves have remained undisturbed, however, the Hebrew inscriptions have eroded from all but one of the stones. The one that can still be read commemorates ‘Matilda Gaskell’ who died in 1851. The grounds were last ‘restored’ in 1961 when they were covered with red gravel. Our Version of Events We decided to hit something in the North East this month, so we set out to see if there’s anything interesting happening in Newcastle. After checking out a few other sites – mainly older ones we’ve done before to see what they look like in their current states – we arrived in Newcastle City Centre fairly late on. We immediately set off on the hunt for something worthy of exploring and it wasn’t long until we stumbled across Charlton Bonds, the former warehouse. After seeing that there was indeed an access point we decided to take a closer look since the area has a bit of a unique history. It’s a surprisingly large site, so it takes a fair bit of wandering to get around it all, but there’s plenty to see along the way; lots of random bits and pieces anyway. The most interesting bit, by far, is the small Jewish graveyard that’s located in the centre courtyard. Here’s to Matilda, and the others who have no names! Explored with Ford Mayhem and Soul. 1: Fun and Games 2: Corridor to Dance Studio 3: Time to Dance 4: Dance Studio Leaflet 5: One of the Former Studio Rooms 6: Another Dance Studio... Presumably 7: The Dance Studio in the News 8: Seating Area for Dance Studio 9: DanceCity 10: Amp 11: Dance Studio Toilets (Immaculate Condition) 12: Dance Studio Showers 13: More Changing Room 14: Bits and Bobs 15: Broken Brolly 16: Chinese Cafe (What's Left) 17: Chinese Dancing 18: Chinese Cafe Leftovers 19: Chinese Lampshade 20: Kitchen Area 21: The Jewish Gravestones 22: TV 23: Office Space 24: Rocking Horse in the Attic 25: Inside the Tower 26: The Attic Space 27: The Perfect End to any Explore
  5. Hey, Been following the Facebook page for a little while now and was directed here from there earlier. I'm Kris from Newcastle on the Tyne. I have no experience in urbex but find the imagery fascinating and would like to start exploring. I'm 2 and a half years in to photography and fell in to it as a means to take over from aikido after needing spinal surgery and could no longer practice. I enjoy it but find myself limited in my surroundings now and need a new challenge. Hoping to start local and branch out once I'm back in the land of owning transport... Cheers
  6. Why eye mon, fog on the tyne pet Whenever I try a Geordie accent I sound like a South African with learning difficulties. So I was up in Newcastle and fancied a quick bit of underground so on went the wellies and under I went On the way over I found Geoff, my traveling companion for the trip (there's a pic of him later on) Geoff getting settled in to his new home
  7. I was in Newcastle for work and decided to take in some of the local culture Not knowing the best side to start at I headed for the Outfall, Work is going on just above the outfall but I didn't look that suspicious without the waders and just slipped in It was dry inside which was good because I wasn't looking forward to the drive home in wet boots and trousers. the smell of fresh was strong as holes have been punched into the sewer below, it wasn't enough to set off my new 4gas driving around and there is loads to do up Newcastle I'm surprised the city doesn't get more love.