Old Eldon Square, Blackett Street


Old Eldon Square off Blackett Street was built 1825 - 1831 as part of the mid 19th century redevelopment of Newcastle city centre. It was designed by John Dobson and built by Richard Grainger, with terrace buildings around 3 sides of the square. The square has changed significantly since then. A large equestrian bronze war memorial was added in 1923, and the square was opened up with paths laid across it. The biggest changes came in the 1970s when the 19th century terraces around 2 sides of the square were demolished to make way for the Eldon Square Shopping Centre. Old Eldon Square remains an important green space within the city centre. The remaining east terrace of Eldon Square is a Grade II* listed building.

Old Eldon Square is a public square on Blackett Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. As well as green space the square is the site of a war memorial and location for the city's Remembrance Day commemoration.

History

Eldon Square was built as part of the 1825–40 reconstruction of Newcastle city centre.

In 1824 John Dobson was commissioned by Richard Grainger to produce designs for Eldon Square. The design was for three terraces facing a central square, each terrace being of two and a half storeys. The east and west terraces consisted of 27 bays of windows, whilst the north terrace had 39 bays. The first floors had continuous cast-iron balconies with Grecian honeysuckle decoration. Beyond this and the giant Doric pilasters at the end of each terrace there was no other decoration. The terraces were faced with finely cut ashlar.

The war memorial

Designed by Charles Leonard Hartwell, and unveiled by Earl Haig in 1923, the war memorial is situated at the centre of the square. It is a large Portland stone pedestal, with a different relief on each of the four sides. They are:

:North: the words "Memory Lingers Here" above a bronze sculptured wreath.

:South: a sculptured picture of a lion below the dates 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.

:East: a bronze relief of Justice, displaying two grieving women and a third (Lady Justice) holding the scales.

:West: a bronze relief of Peace, displaying a woman with a child and the Angel of Peace.

On the top is a large bronze equestrian statue of Saint George, the patron saint of infantrymen and cavalrymen, slaying the dragon.

Eldon Square Shopping Centre

In the 1960s the west and north terraces around the square were demolished to be replaced by part of Eldon Square Shopping Centre which now dominates Old Eldon Square.

Some renovation was completed in 2008 and the square now features new landscaping and ground level access to the shopping centre.

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John Dobson (1787 - 1865)
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- Overview About John Dobson Buildings by John Dobson John Dobson was a 19th centaury architect in the North of England. He had a prolific career, designing over 50 churches and ...
Redevelopment of Newcastle 1824 to 1841
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Redevelopment of Newcastle 1824 to 1841
- In the mid 19th century the layout of the centre of Newcastle was redesigned and developed by Richard Grainger with the support of John Clayton (town clerk) and architects, notably ...
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