Royal Arcade, Newcastle (demolished 1963)


Royal ArcadeThe Royal Arcade on Pilgrim Street was designed by John Dobson and built between June 1831 and May 1832 by Richard Grainger. It was originally planned it as a corn exchange, but then switched for use as a commercial and shopping centre. It wasn't a financial success, because commercial activity started to become more focussed around the Monument area of Newcastle, and was in decline by 1860 when the Post Office moved out. It was finally demolished in 1963 to make way for the Central Motorway and Swan House. A pastiche (imitation/replica) of the arcade was built in the pedestrian underpass below Swan House. Also a stone taken from the facade of the arcade forms part of a plinth, now in the grounds of the Civic Centre in Newcastle. (Sources below)

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a101:Royal Arcade Newcastle upon Tyne; T. Allom;1833

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015296:Royal Arcade building viewed from Manor Street

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047150:Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1959

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020029:Boundary Stone Civic Centre Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Signey James 1970

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HER(6842): Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Royal Arcade
- "Royal Arcade, 1831-2 Collard after John Dobson. Fine Greek building - the arcade is a copy of Lowther Arcade in London. Cost £40,000. Built June 1831-May 1832. Grainger originally planned ...

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Pilgrim Street, Newcastle
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Pilgrim Street, Newcastle
- Pilgrim Street was one of the most important streets in medieval Newcastle. William Gray's Chorographia (1649) described Pilgrim Street as "the longest and fairest street in the Town. In it ...
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The Story of THE ROYAL ARCADE, Pilgrim Street.
- The story of the arcade, including many photographs by 'Newcastle Historian' on skyscrapercity.com

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John Dobson (1787 - 1865)
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John Dobson (1787 - 1865)
- 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 ...
Richard Grainger (1797–1861)
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Richard Grainger (1797–1861)
- Overview About Richard Grainger Richard Grainger (1797–1861) was a builder in Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked together with the architects John Dobson and Thomas Oliver, and with the town clerk, ...
55 Degrees North (Swan House)
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55 Degrees North (Swan House)
- Overview Map Street View 55 Degrees North, formerly Swan House, sits above a traffic roundabout at the bottom of Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. Swan House was built 1963-1969 and housed the offices of BT. ...
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Recalling Newcastle's great 'lost' shopping centre: Where was it situated and what was it called?
- Chronicle: 31st OCT 2016. "Built in 1831, Richard Grainger's fine Newcastle building fell into decline and was demolished in the 1960s..."

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