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Report - Charlton Bonds, Newcastle - June 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by WildBoyz, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Charlton Bonds is a former bonded warehouse. It was constructed in 1885. The building itself was put together using concrete and cast iron framework; ornate brick, a stone façade and a slate roof were added for decorative purposes. The large property comprises of three former dance studios, changing facilities, office and meeting spaces, a former Chinese café area and a sizeable basement. A number of other buildings have been constructed close to Charlton Bonds meaning that a small courtyard also lies at the centre. Inside that courtyard there are five individual gravestones.

    In 1835, before Charlton Bonds was created, Newcastle’s Jewish community purchased a plot of land within the vicinity and a synagogue was erected shortly afterwards; more land was later purchased nearby for use as a burial ground. Although it was initially a well-used religious site, much of the local Jewish community moved and the decline in the number of followers was considerable. Consequently, the Jewish synagogue was demolished many years ago; the exact date is unrecorded. Since its closure much of the Jewish graveyard was redeveloped and, even though the removal of the site was disputed, the plot was allocated to a new theatre company. The Jewish community were only permitted to hold onto a smaller part of the graveyard and these are the graves which still exist today. Five graves have remained undisturbed, however, the Hebrew inscriptions have eroded from all but one of the stones. The one that can still be read commemorates ‘Matilda Gaskell’ who died in 1851. The grounds were last ‘restored’ in 1961 when they were covered with red gravel.

    We decided to hit something in the North East this month, so we set out to see if there’s anything interesting happening in Newcastle. After checking out a few other sites – mainly older ones we’ve done before to see what they look like in their current states – we arrived in Newcastle City Centre fairly late on. We immediately set off on the hunt for something worthy of exploring and it wasn’t long until we stumbled across Charlton Bonds, the former warehouse. After seeing that there was indeed an access point we decided to take a closer look since the area has a bit of a unique history. It’s a surprisingly large site, so it takes a fair bit of wandering to get around it all, but there’s plenty to see along the way; lots of random bits and pieces anyway. The most interesting bit, by far, is the small Jewish graveyard that’s located in the centre courtyard. Here’s to Matilda, and the others who have no names!

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    1: Fun and Games

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    2: Corridor to Dance Studio

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    3: Time to Dance

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    4: Dance Studio Leaflet

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    5: One of the Former Studio Rooms

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    6: Another Dance Studio... Presumably

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    7: The Dance Studio in the News

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    8: Seating Area for Dance Studio

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    9: DanceCity

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    10: Amp

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    11: Dance Studio Toilets (Immaculate Condition)

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    12: Dance Studio Showers

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    13: More Changing Room

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    14: Bits and Bobs

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    15: Broken Brolly

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    16: Chinese Cafe (What's Left)

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    17: Chinese Dancing

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    18: Chinese Cafe Leftovers

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    19: Chinese Lampshade

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    20: Kitchen Area

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    21: The Jewish Gravestones

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    22: TV

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    23: Office Space

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    24: Rocking Horse in the Attic

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    25: Inside the Tower

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    26: The Attic Space

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    27: The Perfect End to any Explore

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  2. Dangle_Angle

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    Interesting place. Thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    That's an interesting but confusing place. Thanks.
     
  4. WildBoyz

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    Thanks man :thumb

    Yeah... That about sums it up. It's like a wacky warehouse in there.
     
  5. HUMPHREY

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    Very Interesting report mate.

    Not many people know about the Jewish Graveyard, when the building was used by the 'Newcastle Lighting Centre shop' in the 80's & 90's, if you wanted to visit the graves you could go into the Lighting Centre shop and ask to be let out the back door to visit the graves.

    I know it was there back in 1990, when I used to work at the Tyne Theatre, which after their fire, they purchased the old Waterloo House department store, next door, which backs onto the grave yard and the Charlton Bonds, you could see the grave yard from the 3rd/4th floor back windows of Waterloo House.

    In the early nineties their was a flat above the lighting centre that somebody lived in (before the dance Studio) the door for that flat faced north up Thornton street, towards the Tyne Theatre Stage Door.
     
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    Brilliant report and brilliant images. Thanks for sharing:thumb
     
  7. WildBoyz

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    Thanks for the extra info here mate, a lot of new bits there that I've not come across when I was doing the research. Always helps to improve a report, cheers for your reply. :thumb
     
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    Cheers, thanks for looking :thumb
     
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