Newcastle city walls are the only remaining walls in the city, a landmark that dates back to the 13th century and stands as a symbol of the city’s resilience and identity.
It was built on the site of a former castle in the 19th century, and it is now an iconic part of the Newcastle skyline.
In 1876, Newcastle City Council took over the building, and after years of struggle, the last remaining walls were completed in 1972.
The Newcastle City Walls have been on display at the city hall since the 1940s.
In the 1980s, a new, larger, and more permanent version of the walls was erected, but it was torn down in the late 1990s.
The new building is now part of Newcastle city centre and is surrounded by a large garden.
This photo from 2010 shows a view of the newly completed Newcastle City Wall.
Newcastle city centre is surrounded on all sides by the Newcastle City Gardens, which also contain the City Walls.
The City Walls were built by the British East India Company in the 16th century.
Since 1876 they have been used as a memorial to Newcastle and the city as a whole, and the council has said they are “a reminder of the past and the future”.
“They are a monument to our past and to the city,” council leader Michael Fordham said in 2015.
“They are part of what makes Newcastle special.”
The walls are built in a series of concrete blocks with a total area of more than 200 hectares.
The city’s new building has been in use since 2011.
“The walls were very difficult to get the city centre out of the ground and to be able to start building again,” Mayor of Newcastle Bill Johnston told the Newcastle Herald.
Newcastle City Council said it would spend an extra £1.8m over the next six years on the project, which will involve the installation of a new gate, more staff and new windows.
It is hoped the new building will be ready for construction in 2021.
In 2019, Newcastle was ranked as one of the top ten cities in the world for its resilience and “the city that survives”.
Newstalk 1010, Newcastle’s local radio station, hosted a discussion on the history of the wall with architect and expert Chris Davies, who said: “We were looking at the building and we said: ‘That’s the wall.'”
Davies said the walls were the work of “great minds” and “a few really smart people”.
The council said the building had a “historic context”, as it is part of a network of buildings that connects Newcastle to the rest of the world.
“It is the only one remaining in the entire city of Newcastle, so we have to make sure that we do our job properly and keep the heritage going, and that’s what we’ve been doing,” Johnston said.
There are still around 300 buildings on the wall, including a new council office building, a small park, a school, a cinema and a sports hall.
Despite the loss of the old wall, the council said it was still “an important part of our heritage” and had a large “cultural and social significance”.
“We are proud to have built this new city wall and we hope it will serve as a model for others to follow,” council chief executive Mike Jones said.