NZ1565 : Ryton Ferry House

taken 8 years ago, near to Ryton, Gateshead, Great Britain

Ryton Ferry House
Ryton Ferry House
The River Tyne used to be much broader and shallower here, forming an island. The area on the north bank is still shown as Ryton Island on large scale maps. A ferry operated between the south bank of the river and the island on the north bank. The white house on the south bank is still known as Ferry House. On the north shore the remains of the wooden jetty used by the ferry still stand. Archie Scott, the ferryman, had a house on the island which was washed away during a severe flood LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
A new ferry house was built on the south bank and the ferry ran until 1951 connecting Ryton and Heddon on the Wall.
The river was eventually dredged by Joseph Cowen in 1873. A railway track laid across the shallow bed of the river was used to transport iron slag from Spencers Iron Works in Newburn which was used to reinforce the river banks.
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The spire of Ryton Church can be seen above the trees.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 10 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 October, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1507 6506 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.7952N 1:45.9643W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1505 6520
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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