SUBURBS OF PILGRIM STREET.
The suburbs of Pilgrim Street were ruined during the civil wars in the reign of
king Charles I.; but they are now one of the pleasantest and best-built parts of the
town. The continuation of Pilgrim Street is properly named Northumberland
Street; and since the old gate was removed, these two long streets have a most airy,
light, and elegant appearance. At the foot of Northumberland Street, a new and
handsome street is now forming, called Blackett Street, (fn. 1) and which terminates at the
north end of Newgate Street. This street is 70 feet broad; and the houses are
building after a commodious and elegant plan, furnished by Mr. Dobson, architect.
The south side of the street terminates on the east by a new Presbyterian chapel.
On the north side, a handsome square is forming, with a shrubbery in the centre,
192 feet broad, and which is to be inclosed by a low stone wall and ornamental iron
railing. The street round the square is to be 62 feet wide; and each side will contain ten houses, with tasteful stone fronts. The front of this square is laid out for
twelve dwelling-houses; and if the beautiful portico and other architectural ornaments which appear in the design of the centre buildings be executed, the effect of
the whole will be greatly heightened; and this square will be one of the proudest
monuments of the taste and spirit of the corporation in modern times.
Above Blackett Street there is a range of houses named Northumberland Court;
and, a little further up, a neat-built new street, called Brunswick Place, across the
west end of which stands Brunswick Chapel, the spacious and elegant Wesley an
place of worship. After passing this chapel, there is a few small, retired houses,
named Blackett Place, which joins Blackett Street at the west side of the Scotch
Proceeding up the west side of Northumberland Street, and passing the noble
stone house recently erected by John F. Baird, Esq. there is a passage which leads into
Elswick Court, where are several very pleasant and retired houses. Beyond this
stands, within a court or yard, the Orphan House, where the numerous sect of the
Methodists long assembled, but which is now converted into an Infant School. On
the north side of this structure there is a long entry, called Mackford's Buildings,
which contains a great number of inhabitants. A little above this is a passage into
Prudhoe Street. This street, which was formed in 1822, extends westward to Percy
Street. Though the eastern entrance be rather narrow, the street itself is tolerably
wide, and contains many good, convenient houses; but as they were built to suit the
taste and purposes of their several proprietors, uniformity has not been preserved.
Some rows of buildings branch out from the south side of this street. The first is
called Prudhoe Court, or Lambton Place; the next Smith's Court; and the third Park
Place. On the north side, a range of houses called Prudhoe Place lead into Percy
Street, near the bottom of the Parade.
Northumberland Street is terminated on the west side by an uniform range of
buildings, vulgarly called Pedlar, or Pether Row; and at the end of which this fine
spacious street becomes united with Percy Street.
Bridge Street runs eastward from the bottom of Northumberland Street, and,
passing partly over the scite of the town-wall and the King's Dykes, communicates
with the bridge built over Pandon Dean in 1812. This airy street is 48 feet in
width, and contains several elegant, well-built houses. The first building on the
north side is the Weavers' Meeting-house, adjoining to which the corporation has
planted several trees, which will add much to the beauty of the place. Higham
Place is a range of substantial, good houses, that branches northwards, and was so
called by the late proprietor, William Batson, Esq. from his estate in Ponteland
parish. Beyond this place stand two villas in the line of the street. The first is a
stone building, with a neat front, belonging to Mr. Dobson; and though the exterior presents nothing particularly striking, yet the greatest ingenuity is displayed in
combining interior elegance and convenience. The apartments are finished in good
style; and the plaster-work, executed by Mr. Ralph Dodds, are fine specimens of
chaste and skilful workmanship. Passing the next villa, built and occupied by Mr.
Benjamin Tulloch, surgeon, a range of large, well-built villas, branch off in a bold curve
towards the north, and is denominated Picton Place. There are to be a double row
of villas facing each other, at the distance of 50 feet. The first on the east side is
built by Mr. Robert Todd, and is a very capacious and convenient house, though the
chimneys seem to be too ostentatiously displayed. The villas on this side will stand
on the brink of the steep bank that rises from Pandon Dean. Oxford Street runs
northward from Picton Place, and is intended to communicate with Ellison Place.
Carliol Street and Erick Street, which proceed from New Bridge Street, have been
noticed before. Croft Place runs behind the east side of Carliol Street, and conducts
to the Clergy Jubilee School. After passing the Girls' Jubilee School and the new
Lying-in Hospital, there is an uniform range of houses, called Portland Place, which
reaches to Trafalgar Street. The parallel breadth of this street is to be 60 feet, and
it is intended to communicate with Cowgate, by being carried in a direct line from
New Bridge Street to below the Manor Chare. The east side of this street is to be
laid out in villas, a mode of building which certainly combines many advantages.
Near the foot of Northumberland Street, on the right hand side, there is a row of
very neat houses, terminated by the work-shops of Mr. J. Green, architect: it bears
the name of Northumberland Place. Beyond this, there is a small, quiet street,
denominated Lisle Street. A little higher up, and opposite to the Orphan House,
there is a genteel street, erected about 40 years ago, and which was named Saville
Row, in honour of Sir George Saville, Bart. who, during the years 1776 and 1777,
resided here as colonel of the first battalion of the West York Militia. At the end
of this street is a neat, retired, little place, named Saville Court; nearly opposite to
which are a number of commodious houses, denominated Princes' Street, and which
communicates with Lisle Street. Beyond Princes' Street, a row of handsome houses
branch southward, improperly called Queen's Square. Adjoining to Saville Court is
a range of good houses, named Saville Place, which is continued by a noble row of
grand and elegant buildings, called, after the original proprietor of the ground, Ellison Place. The situation is retired, lofty, and airy; and the ground on the south, or
opposite side of the coach-road, is laid out in gardens and shrubberies. This is,
doubtless, the genteelest and best built part of the town. The row is now terminated by the noble and capacious mansion of David Cram, Esq. and which contains
twenty-seven good apartments. The east front is executed in stone by Mr. R. Robson, and is, perhaps, the most chaste and elegant specimen of masonry exhibited in
any private house in the town. The effect of the whole is much increased by a neat
conservatory. The south front is built of brick, by Mr. Joseph Grey; but the joints
are being tucked, which adds greatly to the appearance and durability of brick-work.
The carpentry-work, executed by Mr. Thomas Hall, seems to be firm and substantial; and the plaster-work is under the management of Mr. R. Dodds. As all the
persons employed are allowed full scope for the exercise of their skill, the entire
building will do honour to the taste and spirit of the proprietor. The gardens and
pleasure-grounds offer, on a limited scale, a rare and pleasing specimen of variety and
beauty. The whole is designed by, and proceeding under the direction of, Mr. John
Proceeding from Saville Row up Northumberland Street, are several spacious,
genteel dwelling-houses; particularly the houses occupied by Mrs. Hedley, Councillor Cookson, and the Rev. H. Williamson, behind which are useful and extensive
plots of ground. Ridley Place is a quiet street, which branches eastward, erected a
few years ago by Mr. Grey and Mr. Mackford, builders. The back part of the
houses, on the north side of this street, forms the south side of Vine Lane, which
leads into Pandon Dean.