Architecture in a changing English urban landscape

Informed Conservation


August 31st, 2004





Gateshead has often been overshadowed by Newcastle, its northern neighbour across the River Tyne, yet its history is full of fascinating insights into the way in which a northern industrial town experienced the 19th and 20th centuries.

This book explores this period of great change through a study of the town's everyday historic landscape. The story of industry includes the legacy of railway engineering and the construction of the Team Valley Trading Estate, a nationally significant example of a state-sponsored attempt to engineer economic change. Gateshead's growth brought new civic responsibilities and the borough's public buildings - town hall, libraries, schools and hospitals - illustrate how services were provided. Dominating the landscape, however, is the housing built for the town's fast-growing population, and this tells a rich story of changing lifestyles, from the highly distinctive 'Tyneside flats' of the 19th century to post-war high-rise blocks.

The book concludes with a discussion of the conservation of the historic environment in a new period of great change.

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Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Foreword by Sir Neil Cossons and Councillor Mick Henry Chapter 1: Topography, industry and economy Chapter 2: Public buildings
Housing the council
Hospitals and schools
Arts and libraries Chapter 3: Housing
Bensham and Shipcote, 1800-1914
Council housing, 1918-1939
Public and private housing after the Second World War Chapter 4: Conservation and change in urban Gateshead Bibliographical note