Newcastle: The Biography by Bill Purdue

By Bill Purdue

Newcastle’s historical past starts with Pons-Aelius, a Roman bridge and fortress to the japanese finish of Hadrian’s Wall. the city took its identify from the ‘new citadel’ equipped after the Norman Conquest round which a cost nestled for cover. Its place, because the father or mother of the most japanese path among England and Scotland, gave it substantial army significance.

The town’s nice moments, whilst it used to be besieged and brought through the Scots in 1642 lower than basic Leslie and while Charles l was once imprisoned there, are all mentioned in complete evocative aspect. A relevant subject matter is Newcastle’s shiny social and cultural heritage for this used to be either an cutting edge and pleasure-loving society, recognized for its inventiveness and its advertising of the humanities and sciences, but additionally for its strong and sometimes riotous pop culture. A bye-law regulating the gown of apprentices of 1554 inveighed opposed to the playing and ‘typling, danncing and brasenge of harlots’ that used to be stated to characterise the life-style of the apprentices. A puritanical observer of the town’s twenty-first-century nightlife may perhaps suppose that little had changed…

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