Victoria Rooms

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Music Hall

Site Name: Victoria Rooms
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: 14 Grey Street. For a current map, Click Here.


  • Alternate Names: Victoria Music Hall


  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:


  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.


  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).


    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Victoria Rooms

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Bosjesmans Exhibition 3

    Events at Victoria Rooms

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Exhibition 13 November 1848 - 18 November 1848 Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland Bosjesmans
    Exhibition 20 November 1848 - 25 November 1848 Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland Bosjesmans
    Exhibition 27 November 1848 - 2 December 1848 Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne (city-county) in Northumberland Bosjesmans

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Pegg, Joseph W. Newcastle's Musical Heritage. An Introduction. 09/14/2008 (www.newcastle.gov.uk/wwwfileroot/educationlibraries/tbp/historyofmusic.pdf)




      "There were a number of Music Halls in Newcastle town centre, the earliest of which seems to have been the Old Wheatsheaf in the Cloth Market. It was a pub with a singing room and it was there in 1862 that George Ridley wrote Blaydon Races. The first performance of Ridley’s song was allegedly at a benefit for Harry Clasper, who was born in Dunstan in 1812 and was the inventor of a racing skull, which won the world championship in 1845 with his two brothers. Boat races between the High Level Bridge and Scotswood Bridge were the most popular sport in the area during the middle of the 19th century. The Old Wheatsheaf became the Oxford music Hall between 1858 and 1865. Another early palace of delights was the Victoria Rooms at the head of Grey Street, which became the Victoria Music Hall" (61).
    • Theatres Trust Website. 03/06/2008 (http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk)




      ”Address - 14 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England



      Details - Opened in September 1861. Little more is at present known of this music (or concert) hall. The stone, classical two-bay façe is crowned by a dentil cornice, blocking and balustrade. The interior has not been investigated.


      Other names - Victoria Rooms”