on 27 January 2008
A wonderful book which is full of really interesting facts & snippets of history about the Newcastle Quayside. It isn't the thickest book ever (running to 96 pages) but is crammed with fascinating Tyneside history. There are some fantastic photographs & illustrations both past & present of both the Newcastle & Gateshead sides of the river (although the emphasis is very much on the Newcastle side).
Interspersed with small boxes of information headed "Quay Facts" ,the narrative is well written & concise. It covers landmarks like the Tyne Bridge, The Sage Gateshead & the Ouseburn & relates stories like that of Bessie Surtees & the great Quayside fire. It's written as a tour guide, it would certainly be a useful companion for a walk round the Quay, but it is a good read regardless.
A fantastic slice of local history, from the excellent Tyne Bridge Publishing - they really do know how to put quality local history books together & this is yet another example.
I loved it but then I'm biased, because I love Newcastle.
on 23 December 2011
I am still reading this book but so far it is very informative and concise.
I like all the photos especially the historical ones and it's great to have up to date ones as well. More books on the subject would be great with lots of images as I am going to be doing a project on Newcastle, there aren't many books on the Tyne area with great photos as well, unless I am missing something. Come on you Geordies get taking photos and writing, the area deserves it.