A new walk explores Victorian Newcastle

Taking place on Wednesday 23 October 2019, a new walk through Newcastle gives residents and visitors alike the chance to explore a different side of the city. Those hoping to take part should meet at Swing Bridge Finish at Swirle Pavillion at 2.30pm, from where the walk will proceed along the quayside.

You’ll discover details about the lives of several people in Victorian Newcastle, and learn about the impact of homelessness in the city. Find out how the attitude of the authorities affected the homeless in the 19th century, and what has changed over the ensuing years.

Tickets start from just £3, and there’s no need to book in advance. A donation from the proceeds will be given to Crisis, who provided research for the walk.

Named A Bed for the Night, the tour is part of a larger project designed to shed light on the history of homelessness in Newcastle. Missing Pieces: A History of Homelessness in Newcastle opened to the public in February and ran through the early part of 2019, featuring rarely seen documents and photographs from local archives that tell the story of ongoing homelessness. Moving personal stories from past and present were also on display.

In June this year, the City Council recognised the need for action and joined forces with Crisis in a bid to reduce homelessness – and indeed eradicate it – within the next ten years.

The walk is sure to be a thought-provoking and insightful event, enabling those who attend to better understand the crisis of homelessness and how it impacts Newcastle in a wider sense.

Walking tours are a fantastic way to learn more about our historic city, but if you prefer to get about on four wheels, we at Hodgson Motor Group have a range of new and used cars for sale in Newcastle and Gateshead, all available for you to view and test drive.

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