NZ1666 : Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway

taken 6 years ago, near to Newburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway
Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway
This embankment leads from the straight section of Walbottle Road opposite Dene Terrace NZ1666 : Dene Terrace, Walbottle up to the site of the former Duke Pit. The house on the right is called 'The Grove' and is accessed from Bankhead Road in Walbottle. It was originally a stone farmhouse, now divided into four houses.
Walbottle Moors Waggonway
Walbottle Moor Waggonway is known to have been in operation from 1769. This Waggonway ran from old pits north of Hexham Road past the location of Duke Pit in Walbottle down to coal staiths on the River Tyne at Lemington. The network is one of the last surviving examples of an 18th century waggonway to survive in Newcastle.

The system was still in use in 1860, using horses and employing 50 keelmen at the riverside staiths for transport down river.

This now disused network provides the village of Walbottle with picturesque paths allowing easy access to the surrounding countryside. These waggonways also have historic importance due to their connection with railway pioneer George Stephenson, who as a boy worked as a fireman and horse driver on them.

Walbottle Village Conservation Area Character Statement & Management Plan, Newcastle City Council.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Quarrying, Mining  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1688 6608 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.3417N 1:44.2639W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 16897 66054
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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