Grey’s Monument commemorates Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, the Prime Minister who passed the Great Reform Act. It was this Act that saw the start of the end of the rotten boroughs. The plaque on the base notes that Earl Grey “…WAS THE CONSTANT ADVOCATE OF PEACE AND THE FEARLESS AND CONSISTENT CHAMPION OF CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.”
The diamond crossings outside of Newcastle Central station seen from the Castle were one of the iconic images of British railways. But nothing gets in the way of progress, especially expensive high maintenance trackwork. The geometric beauty has been swept away and replaced by three double slips, beautiful in their own right but nowhere near as impressive!