NZ2464 : 'The Flowering of the Lort Burn', Leazes Park

taken 10 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

'The Flowering of the Lort Burn', Leazes Park
'The Flowering of the Lort Burn', Leazes Park
An art work by Tom Grimsey, set into the ground and across the paths, that represents the underground route of the Lort Burn. Its alternative name,'Florid Burn' here has the now obsolete meaning: 'abounding in, or covered with flowers'. The line represented here is the burn, flowing to cross Richardson Road on its journey towards the River Tyne. The burn is the source of water for the nearby Leazes Park Lake, and is followed by a similar line of panels on the far side of the lake NZ2464 : Leazes Park boating lake, along with a water splash sculpture at its source NZ2464 : Public Art Leazes Park.
On the other side of Richardson Road, is the building housing the Children's Wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
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

Commissions North - Tributary LinkExternal link


The name, Leazes, refers to green pastures used for hay cropping, once part of an area of common land outside the old town wall, known as Castle Leazes. Building was allowed on part of the land from the C18th, including the football ground LinkExternal link Leazes Park was created on part of the Leazes Town Moor in 1873 LinkExternal link

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Thursday, 18 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 March, 2010
Public artwork   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2435 6494 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.7086N 1:37.2654W
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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