17 retro photos of Blackett Street in Newcastle through the decades

Let's look at Blackett Street's past through these 17 photographs.

Blackett Street follows the line of the lane that ran outside Newcastle's Town Wall between its New Gate and Pilgrim Gate.

With the wall removed in the 18th Century, the street was then developed by Richard Grainger in 1824 and named after John Erasmus Blackett (1728-1814) a former Newcastle mayor.

The street which runs through the city centre boasts some of Newcastle's most beautiful and historic buildings- including Emmerson Chambers (now Waterstones) which was built in 1903.

Connecting the city to the likes of Northumberland Street, Grey Street and St James' Park and lined with shops, restaurants and bars, Blackett Street is one of the busiest streets in Newcastle.

But what did it used to look like?

Here are 17 photos spanning a hundred years. See what you can recognise.

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