NZ2464 : West Walls north of Morden Tower

taken 8 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

West Walls north of Morden Tower
West Walls north of Morden Tower
The granite mill stones in the foreground are left as reminders of the Gallowgate Lead Works which operated in this location for over 150 years. It was established in the late 1790s and finally closed in 1933. It produced white lead products for paint and lead shot for munitions. Shot was made by pouring a mix of molten lead and arsenic through colanders then down a shaft (220 feet deep and 6 foot diameter) into water. The shot house was located close to the Morden Tower with the site of the shaft marked on the ground just adjacent to the mill stones. The site was cleared before the start of WW2 and bought by United Automobile Services Ltd. for a bus depot.
Tyne and Wear HER(6435): Newcastle, Gallowgate, Locke Blackett and Co. Lead Works: LinkExternal link
Newcastle Town Wall :: NZ2563
Built in the C13th century to protect the expanding town from Scottish raiders, Newcastle’s Town Wall was an impressive structure. It was approximately 3km / 2 miles long, up to 2m / 7ft thick and approximately 7.6m / 25ft high. It enclosed the Castle and its Black Gate as well as the main medieval commercial district along the quayside and all the ground northwards to St. Andrews Church. The wall had seven main gateways, 17 towers and 30 turrets. A section of the Wall was extended along the quayside to protect the properties of wealthy merchants from water-borne attack.

Only short sections of the curtain wall now survive as much was demolished in the C19th to aid redevelopment and access. Only five of the original towers have survived.

Wikipedia has a full description and a map LinkExternal link
Historical Account by Eneas Mackenzie (1827) LinkExternal link

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National Trails walk around the town walls LinkExternal link

Tyne and Wear HER(1507): Newcastle town wall LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2441 6429 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.3580N 1:37.2125W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2437 6429
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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