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This review is from: Victorian Panorama: A Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the Reign of Queen Victoria (Paperback)
Artist John Storey painted a panorama of Newcastle upon Type in 1862. Made in astonishing detail -- though not entirely from life, as some of the structures he interpolated from published plans -- this extraordinary picture forms the basis of author Alan Morgan's tour of the city. With a paragraph or so to each building, mixing local history, social comment and straight description he skilfully weaves a three dimensional understanding of what it was right to live in Newcastle and Gateshead in the middle of Victoria's reign.
I bought this book because I was writing a novel which briefly passed through Newcastle in the year in question. It sucked me straight into a world which was very different from the one I had imagined, and was both compelling and captivating. Regrettably there was not enough space in the story to use much of the material, but I was thrilled to be able to place the old city in the context of the new.
A real gem.