List of facts you didn't know about Newcastle

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Newcastle stands out for so many reasons, and even those who have only occasionally visited the city will know the main facts about the Toon town. However, there are plenty of interesting and unusual facts which you may not know about Newcastle, and some of these are outlined here.

For starters, let’s discuss Newcastle United, who have just sealed their return to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez. Obviously, this means that Newcastle were in the Championship (a competition that they won), English football’s second tier. However, it’s fascinating to consider that Newcastle have never dropped below this level at any point since 1893, when they first joined the Football League. Think about that: in all of the years that Newcastle have been around (they will celebrate their 125th anniversary this December), and the sudden splurge of teams being formed and the extension of the Football League pyramid, Newcastle United have always been in one of the top two leagues throughout their history, which even during their darkest days is a testament to the club and its players.

Next, you probably know that the Tyne Bridge is one of Newcastle’s most recognisable landmarks, but did you know that it cost £1,200.000 to build? That may not seem like a large amount in today’s economy, but consider that the bridge was officially opened in 1928. Therefore, factor in how much that would have been 90 years ago, and you get a fair idea as to the scale of the project and how important the bridge was considered. Fortunately, the hard work and high costs paid off, because the Tyne Bridge quickly became one of the most eye-catching bridges in the UK, and this remains the case to this day.

It wasn’t the first bridge to make its mark in Newcastle, though. That would be the High Level Bridge, designed by a man named Robert Stephenson and opened in 1849, pre-dating the Tyne Bridge by nearly 80 years. The High Level Bridge was actually the first road/rail bridge in the whole world. Not just the UK, but the entire globe. This demonstrates the significance attached to Newcastle, and how the city was at the cutting edge of transportation at the time.

Any students who have spent their studies up here will know about Newcastle University, but are you aware that our uni is one of the very best in the world? As a matter of fact, according to the QS World 2016 University Rankings, Newcastle University is ranked within the top 1% of all major universities worldwide, an incredible achievement and a sign of how well-educated our students are. Said students will also be aware that we have one hell of a student nightlife – the best in the UK – but as anybody who has been to Geordie Crawl will attest, you probably already knew that!

To finish off, here are some interesting facts about food and drink. Greggs bakery first opened in this region, opening its first branch in Gosforth way back in 1951. However, some of the UK’s biggest food and drink manufacturers gave life to several of their most popular products here, one example being Lucozade, which was invented by local chemist William Owen. Another is the chocolate bar Wispa, with Cadburys launching it in the North East back in 1983. Lastly, while Newcastle Brown Ale’s name obviously tells you where it originated, you may not know that it is actually America’s most imported British ale, so for the most popular and highest quality ale around, Newcastle Brown Ale is the best choice!

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