A visit to Newcastle wouldn't be complete with a wander to the foot of Grey's Monument in the heart of Newcastle city centre. Situated at the head of Newcastle's finest streets - Grey Street and Grainger Street - the striking monument is one of Newcastle's most famous landmarks. It's also a pretty handy meeting point! You will often find entertainment, markets and activity taking place around the base of Grey's Monument.
Top Facts about Grey's Monument, Newcastle
- The foundation stone was laid on 6 September 1837 and the monument was completed in August 1838.
- Grey's Monument was built to commemorate Earl Grey, a local politician who was British Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834.
- The Monument was also erected to celebrate the passing of the Reform Act 1832, which attempted to stamp out corruption and increase the number of people eligible to vote.
- Grey's Monument column stands at 134ft, it was intended to be 150ft but not enough money was raised.
- A time capsule was buried underneath the foundation stone. It contained a drawing of the monument, a list of subscribers to its erection and a collection of coins, medals and tokens.
Read more about the history of Grey's Monument and about Charles, 2nd Earl Grey.
Find out more about History and Heritage in Newcastle and Gateshead.