Neville Hall

This is Neville Hall, Newcastle c.1876. It’s the home of the North of England Institute of Mining & Mechanical Engineers. Inside it’s a temple to high Victoriana and the library is especially worth a visit (ring the bell, they’ll let you in). They do some interesting lectures there. Way below street level down in the basement is the line of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s estimated that 40% of the library collection is unique. My favourite is the back numbers of the ‘Colliery Guardian’ which isn’t some dull trade journal ( at least not in the 19th century) . Want to read about mail being carried in by balloon during the Siege of Paris or murder cases which seem like something Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have written? They are all to be found in the pages of the CG.  See my articles about the CG in Quarterly Review

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