The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne
|The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne|
(Photographed in April 2010)
The Mitre, Newcastle upon Tyne shown within Tyne and Wear
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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 and has since provided a number of different functions. It became the residence of the Bishop of Newcastle in the 1880s (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 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.
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.
- Historic England. "The Mitre (304397)". Images of England.
- Gatehose Gazetteer
- "Byker Grove site blighted by Japanese weeds". Evening Chronicle. Jun 8, 2009.
- "Byker Grove TV set in Benwell is finally sold". Evening Chronicle. Sep 1, 2010.
- "TV youth club where Ant met Dec sold". Sanderson Weatherall. Sep 2010.
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