Bruce Building Surround

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    The Bruce Building is part of the campus of Newcastle University on Percy Street, in the Haymarket area. Between 1896 and 1900 the Bruce Building was built on the site of the Hotspur Hotel, as the new premises of Newcastle Breweries Limited. The building was designed by local architect Joseph Oswald, and a builder's strike took place during construction, adding to the completion time. The building lends its name from the Percy Street Academy, Newcastle's first college founded in 1806 by John Bruce, which had previously stood on the site. [9] It is three storeys high, constructed of red Dumfriesshire sandstone and red bricks from Commondale, North Yorkshire, on a grey granite plinth. It also has a corbelled corner turret with copper fishscale dome. The building's interior has oak floors, mahogany doors and panelling, a marble staircase, stained glass windows and decorative tiling. As well as housing offices the Bruce Building and surrounding brewery complex contained a mineral water works, beer-bottling plant and wine and spirit stores in the basement. There was also a stable for 36 horses, a blacksmith's forge and coopers' and joiners' shops. An engine and boiler house supplied the premises. Under the stable yard were cellars which were reached via the brewery's bonded warehouse on the nearby St Thomas' Street. [10] Due to the brewery's other business of brewing ginger beer, the building was deemed not large enough. Thus a separate building was built across the Haymarket in Prudhoe Place. In 1973 this was part of a pub called the Farmer's Rest, and this additional building was later demolished in the early 1990s. In the 1950s the Bruce Building was compulsorily purchased from the brewery for the extension to King's College, part of the University of Durham, which later became Newcastle University. It has since been used by the university Pictured is an interior fire surround. Source -" >
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    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Pat Thomson
    Last modified: 7 years, 6 months ago
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