Description"Showing the location of the James Hill sculpture on Bottle Bank below the abutment of the Tyne Bridge. The Hilton Hotel rises on the left. Details of the sculpture are given here [] The artwork is built and carved from Blaxter stone http://www.dunhouse.co.uk/product-page.aspx?id=2 from the same quarry [[NY9289]] as the Tyne Bridge Wall abutment http://www.folknortheast.com/learn/biographies/james-hill Before the High Level Bridge was built in 1848, Bottle Bank used to be a busy main road from the south to the Old Tyne Bridge http://isee.gateshead.gov.uk/detail.php?t=objects&type=all&f=&s=bottle&record=11 Hill lived at the Hawk public house on Bottle Bank where he was probably employed as a professional musician. Several of his tunes are named for this area [from sleeve notes to Tom McConville's 'Fiddlers Fancy', celebrating the music of James Hill]. Bottle Bank may seem like a good place for recycling (there were 18 pubs here in the late C18th) but actually comes from the Old English suffix -botl, settlement or dwelling http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/understanding/historyarchaeology/historicvillageatlas/harbottleintroduction/harbottlehistory/harbottleplacename Much of Bottle Bank was demolished to make way for the new Tyne Bridge in the 1920s and 30s http://isee.gateshead.gov.uk/detail.php?t=objects&type=all&f=&s=bottle+bank&record=0 although some buildings on the west side remained until 2001 for the building of the Hilton Hotel http://www.picturesofgateshead.co.uk/bottle_bank/index.html" Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2011.
LicenseWhat does this mean? Creative Commons License
Further informationLink: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2724565
Resource type: Image
Added by: Simon Cotterill
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Picture Taken: 2011-12-07