NZ2664 : 'Seven Stories' boat, Ouseburn

taken 14 years ago, near to Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

'Seven Stories' boat, Ouseburn
'Seven Stories' boat, Ouseburn
'Seven Stories' is the Centre for Children's Books situated in a converted former flour mill NZ2664 : Proctor's Warehouse ('Seven Stories'), Ouseburn. The boat is called 'Sea Song Sang' and was built by artist and boat-builder, Andy Comley, for the opening of the building in 2005 taking inspiration from local children. It was built using recycled materials and is solar powered. It is said to drift off during night-time on a mission to collect children's dreams and stories.

The area beside the Ouse Burn north of its junction with the River Tyne was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Newcastle and was once home to many thriving (and very dirty) heavy crafts and industries. It fell into disuse and dereliction by the mid-twentieth century. The incarnation of the Valley in 1996 as a cultural regeneration hotspot was initiated by the Ouseburn Trust, in partnership with the local authority. The Trust remains a landlord and developer in the Ouseburn, and seeks to involve people in the heritage and regeneration of the area through its programme of free walks, talks and volunteering activities.

The river was previously tidal from roughly below Byker Bridge, revealing dark mud at low tide. The Ouseburn tidal barrage at the river mouth, which was completed in 2009, now retains high water in the Ouseburn at low tide, with the objective of providing a pleasanter environment alongside its banks at low tide, thus promoting development.

Tyne and Wear HER(11417): Ouseburn, Lower Ouseburn Valley Conservation Area LinkExternal link
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
Ouseburn Trust: LinkExternal link
Ouseburn Walk: LinkExternal link
National Trail Lower Ouseburn Walk: LinkExternal link
Old Ouseburn pubs LinkExternal link
Ouseburn's Industrial Past LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 30 March, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2622 6452 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.4765N 1:35.5147W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2623 6452
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