A wan­der down a very dif­fer­ent mem­ory lane

The Chronicle - - News - David.mor­ton.ed­i­to­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk

IN our pho­to­graph dat­ing from 1933, New­cas­tle’s Forth Lane was basked in shad­owy morn­ing sun­shine as peo­ple made their way to work.

This part of the city is all old nooks and cran­nies and re­mains rel­a­tively un­changed to­day.

Read­ers might have vis­ited The Forth pub­lic house, which dates from around 1830. Sit­u­ated on Pink Lane, next door is the Jazz Cafe, which was run by the ir­re­press­ible New­cas­tle char­ac­ter Keith Crom­bie. He passed away in 2012.

Fur­ther back in time, the wider New­cas­tle area known as ‘the Forth’ throws up an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. The sprawl­ing lo­ca­tion out­side the south-west­ern stretch of the Town Wall was a pop­u­lar recre­ational area from me­dieval times.

In the 14th cen­tury, King Ed­ward III granted the land to the peo­ple of New­cas­tle for their valiant and fre­quent de­fences of the town against the Scots.

Cen­turies later, in Novem­ber 1842, when work­men pulled down the last tree from muddy ground not far from the Old In­fir­mary, it was the oblit­er­a­tion of the last trace of New­cas­tle’s first pub­lic park.

New­cas­tle Cen­tral Sta­tion, Neville Street and the rail­way were built on what had been a pleas­ant, open green area stud­ded with trees and pub­lic benches for seat­ing.

New­cas­tle’s early morn­ing work­ers walk through the lighted Forth Lane in the old-world cor­ner, May 10 , 1933

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New­cas­tle’s In­fir­mary on Forth Street was built in 1752

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