23 retro photos of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle through the decades

Let's take a look at Pilgrim Street's history.

Pilgrim Street was one of the most important streets in Newcastle during Medieval times as Pilgrim Street Gate was one of main entrances through the Town Walls.

Supposedly named after the pilgrims who lodged on it, they came from all over the kingdom to worship at Our Lady's Chapel in Jesmond.

William Gray's Chorographia (1649) described Pilgrim Street as "the longest and fairest street in the Town. In it is a Market for Wheat and Rye every Tuesday and Saterday. Likewise an house called the Pilgrims Inn, where Pilgrims lodged that came to visit the Shrine in [Jesmond], or Jesu de Munde, which occasioned to call this street Pilgrim-street. In the upper part of this street is a Princely house, built out of the ruines of the Black Fryers."

Today it remains one of the city's main streets, housing shops, restaurants and bars.

The Tyneside Cinema can still be found there. Originally opened in 1937, it was a news theatre-  in the 1930's, before television, news cinemas where built all around the country showing newsreels, topical interest films and cartoons.

It runs on from the south end of Northumberland Street down to the Swan House Roundabout and Central Motorway. 

So, let's take a look at the historic past of such an important street. Here we have 23 incredible photos chronicling its development.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

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