NZ2467 : Little Dene, or Blackies Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, being filled in about 1962
taken 62 years ago, near to Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Little Dene, or Blackies Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, being filled in about 1962
This small stream flows east from high on the Newcastle Town Moor near Kenton Bar, and formed the boundary between the City and County of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gosforth, which was then in Northumberland. Ultimately it joins the Ouse Burn just beyond the foot of Matthew Bank where it is known as Craghall Dene..
It flowed below the Great North Road roughly where Moor Road now joins Moorfield, that point being known as Little Bridge. By the time the large house Little Dene was built on Lodore Road the stream was in a culvert, probably beside the south side of Moor Road. It emerged to the north-east side of the old house through an ornamental angelic feature in the garden, then flowed at the north side of Lodore Road until the bottom of Newlands Road.
This picture was taken from the bottom of Newlands Avenue, looking towards Lodore Road and the bottom of Albemarle Avenue. By this time the trees, mostly willow, had been cleared of and the line of the new culvert had been excavated. This site is now a gently sloping grassy area.
Before this it had been a more natural dene, with willow trees, and some sloping allotments on the Gosforth northern side. The south side next to Lodore Road was steeper, comprising building rubble that must have been dumped to make the High West Jesmond site more level when Lodore Road was formed.
Note the line of wooden garages on Lodore Road. These could be hired, 2 or 3 storing small Ford vans for the delivery of milk by Jesmond Farm Dairies on Newlands Road (where the convenience store is now). Others were used by local residents. In 1962 very few cars were kept overnight on the roads.
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