Film ID:
NEFA 19705

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE: REGIONAL CAPITAL

1968

Visitor Tabs

Description

A promotional tour of Newcastle shot by Turners Film Productions, taking a look at the city’s architecture and its civic art and facilities.

Title (blue background with an image of the city’s coat of arms):-
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
REGIONAL CAPITAL

The film opens with an elevated view of the Tyne Bridge, looking down towards the Gateshead side of the River Tyne. A second shot shows the Tyne Bridge from the riverbank.

A river barge passes under the Tyne Bridge, the Baltic flour mill building visible in the background. The view pans towards the Newcastle side of the river where a naval ship is moored.

A view of the Newcastle quayside, a tall yellow ships’ cargo unloading crane (inactive) and a small market are in the foreground, and the famous Tyne bridges visible in the background: the Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge, and the High Level Bridge.

View of the Guildhall on Quayside street, from the Swing Bridge.

A view down Groat Market street follows, with both the spire of St Nicholas Cathedral and the turrets of the Keep visible at the end of the road.

Next, a view of St Nicholas Cathedral spire, blue sky in the background. Then a closer view of the castle keep.

View from a link road of the Inner City Bypass of Swan House on the Pilgrim Street roundabout. Traffic passes. A closer view of the entrance to Swan House.

View along Grey street, with the Earl Grey Monument visible at the end. Next, three views of the colonnade in front of the Theatre Royal.

There are also shots of Central Arcade, St Johns, Hancock Museum, and University (new buildings).

A yellow corporation bus (number 21), turns a corner on an inner city street; this is followed by another view of Grey’s Monument.

A woman wearing a red mini-dress feeds some pigeons on a grassy lawn beside an inner city church.

Views of the city’s modern architecture, including the Civic Centre.

Interior shots of the Civic Centre: a corridor, a stairway, a conference suite; then a view of the Banqueting Hall.

Views of David Wynn’s “Swans in Flight” sculpture in the grounds of the Civic Centre; then the River God Tyne sculpture.

The film ends with another look at the city’s coat of arms.