NZ2464 : 'Tyne Line of Txt Flow', Thornton Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

'Tyne Line of Txt Flow', Thornton Street
'Tyne Line of Txt Flow', Thornton Street
Skinner Burn, which runs under Thornton Street towards the Tyne, is one of the hidden burns of Newcastle, now flowing in a culvert deep below the surface. Its presence inspired the 140m long 'Tyne Line of Txt Flow' by artists, William Herbert, Carol Sommer and Sue Downing, in 2005 LinkExternal link
The text set in strips of stainless steel are communications from several north-east sources: Roman messages found on thin strips of wood at Vindolanda, iconic works from the Dark Ages (Lindisfarne Gospels, the Codex Amiatinus, and Bede's History of the English People), printed text from the time of King Charles I (who established his court in Newcastle during the English Civil War) and text messages collected in 2002 on the day of the Newcastle and Sunderland football derby. William Herbert translated some of these chosen lines into modern mobile phone 'txt', and wrote a linking poem with the aim of producing a single flow of communication. The full text is reproduced here LinkExternal link
Hidden streams of Newcastle
In Medieval times, Newcastle was divided by several streams or burns flowing towards the River Tyne. Several of the roads have the term bridge in their names although no water is visible today. Examples are Barras Bridge, New Bridge Street, High Bridge and Low Bridge. They were often important sites for industry and settlement but hampered communications and development. As the town expanded they were filled in and now flow in culverts buried deep below the surface.

The Skinner Burn was culverted between 1840 and 1859. It flows under Bath Lane from just south of Corporation Street, beneath Thornton Street, then west of Clayton Street West, around the site of the old abattoir, and down the east edge of Forth Banks into the Tyne where there is a small outlet in the river wall.
Tyne and Wear HER(11104): Newcastle, Skinner Burn LinkExternal link

The Lort Burn rises in Leazes, between Barrack Road and Richardson Road, then runs across Richardson Road just north of the junction with Queen Victoria Road, down the north side of St. Thomas Street and bends south just after the junction with Percy Street and on beneath Grey Street and Dean Street and the Side. It was crossed by the High and Low Bridges. The Lort Burn was fully covered in 1784 because it was considered as "a vast nauseous hollow… a place of filth and dirt".
Tyne and Wear HER(11105) LinkExternal link

The Pandon Burn was a deep and wide glacial valley. It was crossed by Barras Bridge and New Bridge Street. The valley was filled in over the culverted stream in several stages, completed by 1886. Its waters are joined, before reaching the river, by the Erick Burn, which flows beneath the Laing Art Gallery. In 1977, during President Carter's visit to Newcastle, part of the infill of Pandon Dene south of the Civic Centre, subsided under the weight of the crowd.
Tyne and Wear HER(11114): Newcastle, Pandon Burn LinkExternal link

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Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 16 January, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2439 6403 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2179N 1:37.2325W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2439 6403
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