Little Dene, Lodore Road, Newcastle, 1964

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    By 1964 Little Dene was badly run down, occupied by an old witch - or so we kids were led to believe! In the 1950s it was still occupied by the son of it's builder, bachelor Alexander Pringle and his spinster sister Norah. In the 1920's and 1930's it had been a very smart house, painted white each year and known locally as the White House. Garden parties were held in aid of charities. By the 1950's the garden was badly overgrown, the covered stream emerging from beneath the house into an angelic fountain feature that was almost hidden from view - except to small boys trespassing! Sadly, renovation seemed to be out of the question and demolition soon followed this picture being taken. By 1970 the site had been redeveloped and it looked like this;"> Look carefully and the same bench is to the right of the Library photo. There are two blocks of flats, the other block built on the old garden where the fountain once stood. From:" rel="nofollow"> " Alexander Pringle of Cranmer Dykes, Gateshead built St George's Church in Gateshead; the Rutherford Memorial College, Bath Lane; King Edward School of Art and the School of Bacteriology at Armstrong College; the Commercial Union Insurance Building in Pilgrim Street; Collingwood Buildings in Collingwood Street and Tilley's Rooms and the YMCA in Blackett Street as well as the Gateshead Cenotaph in Shipcote. Alexander Pringle was also responsible for the reconstruction of The Palace Theatre and the Empire Palace Theatre (Empire Theatre) in Newgate Street. Further information has confirmed that Alexander Pringle was the builder of the RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary) which opened in 1901. His name is on the original entrance hall of the hospital. Other buildings included a police station, co-operative stores, breweries and schools. He also built Little Dene in Gosforth where he lived with his family. " But see note from Gerald Ramshaw below as his family information is clearly more accurate than this quotation.
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    Resource type: Image
    Added by: mort42 mort42
    Last modified: 4 years, 2 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 1964-04-01T00:00:00
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