WHen you think about it, all of us are walking in the footsteps of our ancestors.

When we stroll through the streets of Newcastle city centre, for example, we’re treading where generations of folk trod before us.

Now, through the striking photographic images of Stuart McCabe, we can see past meet present at the same locations.

The 29-year-old from Cramlington, Northumberland, set up a Facebook page called Time Travel Photography about a year ago.

Stuart said: “The aim of this page is to bring people closer to their Tyneside pasts.

The Odeon, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

“Through the fusion of old photos and modern technology, the people from yesterday can again walk on the streets of today.”

The images here are just some of those where he has effectively blended old and new scenes together.

On Northumberland Street, we see shops and shoppers from the 1970s – as well as the present. The traffic is long-gone. The street was pedestrianised in 1998.

Next, we see the now-demolished Odeon cinema on Pilgrim Street as it was in the 1940s or ‘50s, but in conjunction with modern-day concrete neighbours.

The Side, Newcastle, late 19th century
The Side, Newcastle, late 19th century

And then there is the steep descent of (The) Side, the ancient thoroughfare that skirted the edge of the castle and its garth. We see people and buildings there at the turn of the last century merged with the same location as it looks today.

Stuart said: “The photos and my Facebook page are basically a hobby.

“It started when I did some research for a family history project. I enjoyed doing it, and took it from there.

“Now, I seek out old Tyneside photos and combine them with modern photos of the same place.

“A lot of the pictures I use are from Victorian and Edwardian times. Some are from World War I.

“My aim is to help people get closer to their past.”

Check out Stuart McCabe’s page Time Travel Photography on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TimeTravelPhotography1/

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