The Edwardian Central Arcade, Newcastle


These photos were just a fleeting glance, as we passed through this beautiful arcade, on a work related visit to Newcastle.  This was back in 2013, and I do remember the day was miserable, cold and raining, but I did manage to take a few photos of a church and the castle.  I really liked this Edwardian ‘shopping centre’, and literally as we were walking through, I was pointing and pressing.  I would have liked to have spent a little longer, but we were in a hurry, as always.

A little history for you……

This is a triangular building which was originally the commercial exchange, then a subscription newsroom, and later an art gallery, before it was damaged by fires in 1867 and 1901.  It was rebuilt in 1906 and the Central Arcade, an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade, was built within the original building.  The arcade is known for its glass barrel-vaulted roof and stunning tile work, as well as being home to fine shops.  The arcade was designed by Oswald and Son, of Newcastle.




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October 2013


  1. What a beautiful place! The wood trim is wonderful. I wouldn’t have wanted to hurry through there, either. Glad you can get your shots while on the move. 🙂

    1. Yes it is lovely and it was quite a surprise, and of course we were racing to catch a train, but I think photos captured a little of it…..might get back one day 🙂

    1. We have a lot in the UK and its not something I have thought to take photos of until this one, so I might take some photos of other ones we come across 🙂 The planters were nice, I wonder how the watered them…..a very long watering can 🙂

  2. I do love Victorian shopping arcades, so much more attractive, interesting and user-friendly than the identikit shopping malls our cities and out-of-town carparking deserts are disfigured by.

    Sorry, rant over.

    1. I totally agree with you, in the modern ones, you could be in any city and it would be just the same, thats if you can find a car space, or even get to the car park !

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