Prints of Newcastle
Yet it’s depicting a time of day and year that is not seen very often. Strong, late afternoon winter sunlight is about to disappear behind the distant buildings. Busy shoppers dart to and fro, in and out of the dark shadows. They in turn, are being cast by the low level sun. Despite me using a very limited palate, the painting has a strong feeling of colour and light which somehow seems to typify Newcastle.
High Bridge is named after the bridge which crossed the Lort Burn, a subterranean burn. The burn started in Leazes Park which used to flow through the centre of the city into the Tyne. It was used as an open sewer which backed on to the meat markets until 1696 when it was put underground. In 1749 Dean Street (named from dene) was built following the course of Lort Burn as a continuation of Grey street.
Today, High Bridge Street has an interesting collection of buildings. These include 3 pubs, a barber, and various shops with Lorts Burn still flowing beneath your feet into the Tyne.