The Remains of the Old School House. Gosforth Park.

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Comments (14)

skida on March 8, 2008

If you zoom in on the aerial photo you can see how this house looked before it was destroyed.

Coal Miner's Boy on March 9, 2008

What happened? Did they tear it down to make way for something else?

Why can't the local councils leave well alone sometimes? I've seen historical relics like this one disappear on two continents. When we lived in Seaham, Newcastle and Birmingham, we saw wonderful structures fall foul of the wrecking ball in the interests of "progress".

Here in northern California, the same kind of thing happens, although the buildings aren't usually as old as they are in England. We MOVED a building in Redding a couple of years ago, rather than see it torn down. Unfortunately, to make the building usable and comply with current building regulations, that historic building got a new roof, new exterior siding, new interior walls, new electrical and plumbing and fresh paint. It still has the original floor and light fixtures, but is it still historical? I don't think so!

Newcastle and Sunderland WILL survive in the Prem, although I get the feeling Keegan won't be around to see it!

Greetings from northern California,


skida on March 9, 2008

I don't follow the football much, but friends in the know say that for the last few matches Newcastle have at least played a lot better, even though they are getting beaten. maybe one win can turn things around.

I have been passing this site (back on subject!) for the last few weeks and noticed that they have taken down the most dangerous parts of the building but left this bit standing. Also, the dressed extarior stones from the demolished bit are carefully stacked at the back of the building, so maybe they are going to try and preserve what is left.

If you scroll down this page you will see a picture taken before the fire.

Coal Miner's Boy on March 9, 2008

Wow, a Geordie who doesn't follow football! I'm impressed!

Hopefully they will rebuild, and not simply haul the stones off to use elsewhere. It would be great if you could keep the Panoramio community (I really mean me) up to date with any happenings.

Greetings from a displaced northeastener in northern California,


Marilyn Whiteley on March 9, 2008

I do hope they plan to preserve this part! It's lovely--and the photo shows it very well considering its present condition.


skida on March 10, 2008

I am still trying to find out what happened and what the future plans are but no luck yet. Thanks for sharing in my despair. :(

Palmina Moore on March 11, 2008

I hope they do leave this standing and someone has already bought it to do it up and bring it back to life with a family in it. I hate to see the old buildings just coming down for the sake of it.

I can understand why you find it so attractive.


skida on March 11, 2008

I've loved it since I was a kid, even before we moved to Gosforth Park Villas. Do you remember this building at all? It is almost opposite the end of Coach Lane.

skida on April 13, 2008

Another "mystery" fire has left the building in this state.

trikermike on August 2, 2008

SKIDA have you a favourite pic of this dear old place, I would like to attempt to give it some of its former beaty in paint, maybe as a thankyou to you for "tutoring" me through these early days in panoramio? maybe 'cos aa think yer a canny laad! Mike

skida on August 2, 2008

Mike: The only "former beauty" photo I can find is on this website

trikermike on August 3, 2008

Keith, thanks for the link, and taking the time to reply. What a good idea to keep the contact details private! wish I'd thought of that!! (Junk mail to me in 100's every day!) What a tight space the Newsham farm building is in now, thanks to the road development, no wonder the people moved.

cheers M8, thanks again, Mike

lizziebee on December 3, 2008

You set me off looking all your photos - you are some cameraman! It is now 2.00am and I have got interested in the old school house. How very very sad. I have no doubt that the second fire was down to vandals. There is another pic under Preston Park Conservation area which was done in 2007 but I don't know how to post a link. Keep up the good work Skida

skida on December 4, 2008

Thanks for visiting my gallery lizziebee and thank you for your kind words of encouragement. This building has now been partially demolished down to the lower roofline and the building and land is up for sale so I hope I win the lottery so I can buy it and restore it to its former glory.

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