Here are two views of Percy Street, 32 years apart. The first, taken in 1977, shows the Haymarket
Bus Station on the right and just beyond that the Haymarket Metro station is being built. At this time Newcastle was a series of holes as the underground rapid rail system was being built. Here the
cylindrical surface station concourse was taking shape.
Note that the South Africa War Memorial is sticking up nearby, but minus its Angel sculpture. This was removed for safe keeping during the
works, and was later replaced with new epoxy resin wings, as the originals had rotted away in the acid rain.
The brick building on the left, at the corner of St. Thomas's Street, is the Bruce
Building, one of the first academic institutes in the city, founded in 1806.
Beyond that range, taking in the Brewery building, is the white frontage of the ABC Cinema, That chain's flagship
Next the building occupied by Thorne's Booksellers and Stationers, now a themed pub, remains, and beyond that the long lamented Haymarket Hotel before the University Welfare building
juts out at the distant junction with Claremont Road.
In today's picture a brand new University Media Studies Centre in vertical aluminium slats and planar glass takes shape on the Haymarket Hotel
site. The hole where the cinema stood is currently being developed and the buildings to the rear of the Brewery HQ have been demolished in an L shape from the rear of the offices to the range now absent
in St. Thomas's Street.