The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Benwell Towers.jpg
(Photographed in April 2010)
The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne is located in Tyne and Wear
The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Location within Tyne and Wear
General information
LocationBenwell area, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates54°58′29″N 1°40′15″W / 54.974678°N 1.670741°W / 54.974678; -1.670741Coordinates: 54°58′29″N 1°40′15″W / 54.974678°N 1.670741°W / 54.974678; -1.670741
OS grid referenceNZ213644

The Mitre is a building situated in the Benwell area in the west end of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

A tower house known as Benwell Tower was built in 1221. It became home to a branch of the Shafto family of Bavington Hall until the 1770s, when it was sold by Robert Shafto (the son of Bobby Shafto, immortalised in the song of the same name).

In 1831, the present building (originally known as Benwell Towers) designed by the Tyneside architect John Dobson replaced the old house[1] and has since provided a number of different functions. It became the residence of the Bishop of Newcastle in the 1880s[2] (when Newcastle upon Tyne became a separate see from the diocese of Durham). During World War II it became a fire station, and then became a training centre for the National Coal Board in 1947.

By the 1970s the building had become The Mitre pub, before achieving national fame in 1989 as the Byker Grove youth club in the BBC children's television series, Byker Grove. The final episode of Byker Grove was filmed in August 2006, and its future is unknown. Benwell Towers was put up for sale by the owners in 2007.

In June 2009 a local newspaper reported problems with Japanese knotweed on the site, that was still said to be for sale.[3]

In September 2010 local newspaper The Evening Chronicle reported that the building had been purchased by an individual on behalf of a community organisation. It will be used for community-based purposes, as yet unknown.[4][5]

In December 2012 planning permission was granted for the creation of an Islamic school. The development was also to include a community building, coffee shop and events space open at weekends.[6]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "The Mitre (1186255)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 October 2007.
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  3. ^ "Byker Grove site blighted by Japanese weeds". Evening Chronicle. 8 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Byker Grove TV set in Benwell is finally sold". Evening Chronicle. 1 September 2010.
  5. ^ "TV youth club where Ant met Dec sold". Sanderson Weatherall. September 2010.
  6. ^ Joanne Butcher. "Byker Grove building set to be an Islamic school". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 8 July 2017.