The Grade Ii-listed pub’s entrance has an unusual blue stone with a carved crown symbol and the word ‘Posada’ on it, as well as a glazed brick lobby with a wrought iron ‘Crown ’ gate.
Small, cosy and atmospheric, the pub’s two Pre-raphaelite-style stained glass AND so we head to our final port of call. A short stroll westward along High Bridge, crossing Grey Street, brings us to the Old George, whose rear entrance informs us it was established way back in 1582, half way through the reign of Elizabeth I.
It is said another famous monarch was partial to a pint here.
During the English Civil War, Charles I was an open prisoner of the Scots who were in control of Newcastle at the time.
For eight months in 1646 -47, he resided in a grand house called Anderson Place, which stood where Lloyds Bank on Grey Street is today.
The king liked a game of golf over in Shieldfield, and went to church at St Nicholas’. He was executed just two years later before a crowd of 200,000 in London.
The charm of the Old George, and its courtyard, thankfully remains intact in 2018, although back in the 1990s the Chronicle reported it was “just weeks away from being turned into a glitterball-decked nightclub”.
King Charles would have turned in his grave! centre.
“A second Bacchus pub stood on High Bridge from 1971 to 2001. It was demolished and rebuilt higher up High Bridge towards Pilgrim Street.”
Steve added: “Those works took place between 2001 and 2003 and involved the demolition of 44 to 48 High Bridge.
“During the demolitions, the area was subjected to archaeological investigations which among things revealed evidence of the Bronze Age round house.”
Newcombe for local brewer, John Sanderson.Legend has it the original Crown was renamed Crown Posada, after being bought by a Spanish sea captain for his mistress. Posada is the Spanish word for resting place.