North East UK news Newcastle city centre bar under demolition as part of massive redevelopment PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - As the regeneration of Newcastle's run-down East Pilgrim Street area continues, the former favourite Wilder's Bar is under demolition
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Newcastle city centre pub, a favourite haunt of revellers for decades, is under demolition after standing empty for a number of years. Film footage and images of Wilder's Bar in Carliol Square being razed to the ground was captured at the weekend by ChronicleLive reader Vahid Ravaghi. We reported recently on plans for major regeneration of the wider East Pilgrim Street area. A set of buildings on Worswick Street and Carliol Square will be knocked down as part of plans to build office space, restaurants, cafes, bars, a pavilion and a 347-space car park on the site. Our report, quoting the planning application by Taras Properties, noted that the building which housed Wilder's was locally listed, with: "an attractive ground floor, with stonework designed in an art deco style. "The main body of the three-storey building is constructed in red brick, and has numerous sash windows", but was in "a relatively poor state of repair". It added: "A heritage report said Wilder’s Bar is essentially the shell of a late Georgian inn, but with the characteristics mostly now surviving from its early 20th and 21st century refits." Wilder's Bar, Carliol Square, Newcastle, under demolition, February 20, 2021 (Image: Vahid Ravaghi) We also reported recently how Worswick Street bus station, which dated from 1928 but had been disused from 1996, was finally pulled down last month. Wilder's Bar was originally known as the Duke of Wellington.
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Our archive photograph shows Wilder's Bar as it was back in May 1989. Local historian and author Steve Ellwood points out: "It is the last old-style pub to survive in Carliol Square. Others included the Prudhoe Castle, closed in 1891 - and the The New Railway, closed in 1969. "The roads around there had plenty of pubs, such as the Trafalgar House and Burton House, serving the commuters at Manors railway station.
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"When the place was called Astro, for a while it did tarot card readings - and hen parties would go there for a night out and have their fortunes read!" Meanwhile, we reported in recent days how "plans to turn Newcastle city centre’s former fire station into a 5-star hotel and restaurant have been submitted in the latest phase of the Pilgrim Street regeneration.
Wilder's Bar, Carliol Square, Newcastle, May 6, 1989.
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Taras Properties, the development company of the billionaire Reuben brothers, wants to turn the listed building into a boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar and new publicly accessible courtyard. Don't miss our new Memory Lane local history website that's packed with archive photographs and has an easy-to-use picture colourisation tool.
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