Henry's is understood to be one of the oldest Barber shops in Newcastle city centre, it was first established in approximately 1890 by two brothers called the Palmer Brothers before being renamed in 1954 by its then owner Mr Bill Henry who had a chain of Henrys Barbershops throughout the North East, after Mr Bill Henry retired the chain was broken up and sold on with only Henrys on Highbridge which had been bought by Mr Michael Brown who began his barbering career as Bill Henry's apprentice, keeping the name going strong, in 2008 it changed hands to Mark and Jane Winlow (thats us!) in fact Michael continued to be employed by us until his retirement in 2013 after reaching a magnificent 50 years working in the shop!
Highbridge where the shop is located has its own historic charm, one of the only remaining cobbled streets in Newcastle and a mecca of independent shops...not a chainstore in sight, highbridge was named as such beause it once was an actual bridge which crossed the Lort Burn which flowed along higbridge and down Dean street into the river Tyne. It now houses a variety of vintage and designer clothing stores, a bevvy of great pubs, a comedy club, art gallery and museum and soon to be a brand new hotel.
Top 5 things to do on Highbridge
1. Have a haircut at Henrys Barbers: described by Newcastle Gateshead tourist board as 'Legendary' and 'Iconic'. Well howay that was obviously going to be number one!
2. Have a pint in The duke of Wellington and ask the bar staff about the story of the fattest man In England who was once landlord there and had to be craned out of the window, whose chair now sits in the Blackie Boy pub.
3. Visit Baltic 39 a contempory art offshoot of the Baltic mill museum.
4. Buy a cap, visit Capology's flagship store next door to us where you can browse through two full floors of caps, thats right two full floors of caps!
5. Go Retro and visit the vintage clothing shops to browse the aisles reminiscing about the fashion follies of the past.