Northumberland Street is the major shopping street in Newcastle. In terms of the cost of rent per square metre, it is the most expensive location in the UK (outside of London) to own a shop.
The street runs from the Haymarket and Civic Centre in the north, towards the Grey's Monument area at the south. It encompasses the entrance to the Eldon Square and Monument Mall shopping centres, and is home to retailers such as HMV, Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M, zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastore) and the flagship Fenwick department store.
South of Blackett Street, Northumberland Street turns into Pilgrim Street which runs to the Tyne Bridge. From the opening of the bridge in 1928 until the opening of Newcastle's Central Motorway (A167(M)) in 1975 Northumberland Street was part of the A1 between London and Edinburgh. It is now pedestrianised.
Up until 1999 the most northerly section of Northumberland Street from Northumberland Road onwards was still open to traffic and a busy bus route. This led to the shops in this part of the street being much less popular than those further south. This section is now pedestrianised in keeping with the remainder of the street. However some electronic maps still show this part as an accessible road.
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The 4 Statues on the above photo are as follows:
Top Left - Thomas Bewick (1755-1828) was an iinternationally renowned artist, wood engraver and ornithologist who spent most of his working life in Newcastle. More here Wikipedia - Thomas Bewick.
Top Right - Sir Henry Percy (1366-1403), who, because of his ferocity in combat, was known as Harry Hotspur. He fought in several campaigns against the Scots and the French. More here Wikipedia - Sir Henry Percy
Bottom Left - Sir John Marley (1590-1673) defended Newcastle against the Scots army in 1644. He also served as the mayor of Newcastle after the Civil War and Restoration.
Bottom Right - Roger Thornton (Died around 1429) rose from rags to riches, making his fortune as a merchant. He later became the mayor of Newcastle 3 times and an MP. More here Wikipedia - Roger Thornton