Tyne and Wear HER(6683): Newcastle, Akenside Hill, birthplace of Akenside the poet - Details
Title of image: Old Newcastle Butchers Bank now Akenside Hill
Date: circa 1800
Description: The photograph shows the birthplace of the physician and poet Mark Akenside, born here in 1721. The hill was also known as Butcher's Bank because of the large number of master butchers who lived there in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies
Accession number: NCL 004093
Provider: Newcastle City Library
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Newcastle, Akenside Hill, birthplace of Akenside the poet
No. 33 Akenside Hill, birthplace of Mark Akenside the poet and physician. He was born above his father's shop on 9 November 1721. When he was seven, a butcher's cleaver fell on his foot, leaving him with a permanent limp. According to his contemporaries, Akenside did not have a particularly pleasant disposition and was not proud of his place of birth. He died in 1770 was was buried in St. James Church, Westminster. The house in which Akenside the poet was born is identifiable due to diamond shaped relief on the wall of the first floor. On north side of Akenside Hill (formerly Butcher Bank). Timber, 3 storeys
NCL 3715 B. Plummer, 1874, Newcastle - Its trade and manufactures NCL 55266; Jack and John Leslie, 2002, Bygone Quayside and the Chares