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Source: The Illustrated London News, August 12, 1848
Banquet in the Great Hall of the Castle
The partial restoration of the ancient Norman fortress from which the town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne derives its name, has just been commemorated by an entertainment of such appropriate and characteristic splendour, as to redound much to the honour of the originators of the fete, and, we trust, contribute to the advancement of the great work of archaeological skill. Another cause of celebration was the grant of this grand relic of our Norman ancestors to the Antiquaries of Newcastle by the Corporation of the town and Thursday week (the 3d inst.) was the day fixed for the festivity by the members of the Antiquarian Society, to whose taste and learning is confided the work of restoration.