Shields Road, Rifle Range
13 Feb 2023
NEHL - A rifle range could be found off Shields Road at the current Newcastle Retail Park. It was a small rectangular building with a corrugated iron roof, and played host to a number of city-wide contests. An excerpt from the Chronicle in 1871 details a prize meeting organised by the Newcastle Rifle Association, where £100 and £30 money prizes were offered.
The building was later taken over by Ringtons Tea in the 1900s.
Ordnance Survey, 1907
The rifle range after repurposing for Ringtons. The old tram depot can be seen in the background. Original source unknown, but reposted on the Byker Estate Facebook page.
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