Strawberry Place through history
It’s a scene that’s been played out since 1892 – supporters flock out of St James’ Park on matchday after watching their beloved team, Newcastle United.
That being said, the garb of the lads in our photograph would surely have caused much eyebrow raising among United’s original ‘enthusiasts’ as they were known (the term ‘football fan’ hadn’t yet been coined 128 years ago).
The flared trousers and long hair firmly belong to the mid-1970s. At the Toon, it was the era of Malcolm Macdonald, ‘Jinky’ Jimmy Smith and the Leazes End.
If clothing fashions have mercifully changed over the last 45 years, the building in our photograph has remained a constant.
A stone’s throw from St James’ Park, for decades The Strawberry has been the spiritual home of Newcastle United fans who flock there for a matchday pint.
There’s been a building there since around 1840 – and a pub since 1859, originally intended to serve folk wandering the surrounding pleasure gardens.
The pub’s name and the street name, Strawberry Place, is thought to derive from the nuns of nearby St Bartholomew’s who grew strawberries on plantations in the area and made strawberry wine.
If the pub has been a constant feature for well over a century, Strawberry Place has changed much.
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