Alan's photo comes originally from the Dorman Long collection. This firm, as I'm sure you know, constructed the bridge. A fascinating record of the project can be seen at the following link:
In the collection the photo is titled "Preparing the approaches on the Gateshead side" but this is incorrect. What caught my attention (apart from the fact that the building is too tall to be the Half Moon I remember) was the railway/tram line in the foreground. This got me thinking that it might be in fact the Newcastle side of the river, as there was a railway line running the length of the Quayside all the way to the Guildhall. I found that the Beldam Packing and Rubber Company had premises in Side, Newcastle in 1926. To cut a long story short, their building stood opposite the Guildhall, on the site now occupied by the northern tower of the Tyne Bridge, and was demolished to accommodate it. Compare the two photos below - particularly the number and shape of the windows, and the arrangement of chimney stacks.
Thanks again Alan - it would have been a boring Saturday otherwise.
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