Newcastle is one of Britainís most vibrant and
hospitable cities, a mix of ancient and modern
with a skyline as distinctive as New York and a
contemporary culture the equal of any in Europe.
The city has been a key settlement at least since
Roman times. Pons Aelius, a bridge and fort at
the start of the original Hadrianís Wall, lies at the
foundation of modern Newcastle. Over and
beside this stands a Norman keep, and close by
are fragments of the medieval town walls that
helped protect the settlement through the Border
Wars. Shipbuilding and coal brought prosperity
and expansion, and while the riverside was bustling
and brash, the civic heart of the city centred on
classical architecture and the elegant sweep of
Grey Street and Grainger Town.
The mixture of grand buildings, green spaces,
historical pubs and churches, a great river and a
maritime outlook, have helped to give Newcastle/
Gateshead a unique character. In recent years a
revitalised Quayside has made the place the hub
of contemporary art and music, and a successful
football team, two universities and a thousand
clubs and restaurants have kept its atmosphere
lively and colourful, day and night.
The photographs in this book were taken over
a period of three months, from late winter to
early summer.Tony Hopkins has caught the spirit
of Newcastle/Gateshead in a single heartbeat:
the choice of material is based on the most
exciting, beautiful and essential features of one
of Britainís favourite cities.
Tony Hopkins is a writer, illustrator
and photographer with a life-long
involvement in field studies, conservation
and countryside management. For
fifteen years he was Interpretation
Officer and Head of Visitor Services
for Northumberland National Park,
before leaving to establish a freelance
career in countryside interpretation.
Born and raised in Derbyshire, Tony
lived in Northumberland for twenty three
years and has written and
illustrated several acclaimed books
about the farming, wildlife and cultural
heritage of Northern England.
Imprint: Hasgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 393 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2004. Revised & reprinted March 2010.