NZ1667 : Embankment of former waggonway south-east of Dewley Farm

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

Embankment of former waggonway south-east of Dewley Farm
Embankment of former waggonway south-east of Dewley Farm
This western branch of the Walbottle Moors Waggonway served a number of former coal pits east of Dewley Farm up to Callerton Lane Ends. An unnamed old shaft is shown on old maps in the field on the right although little is visible on the ground NZ1667 : Site of former coal shaft east of Dewley Farm. Tommy Pit and Cross Pit are named on the First Edition OS Map and a large area of former coal working is shown further north, to the east of Crescent Farm. A public footpath now follows much of the route but crosses several arable fields.
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Walbottle Moors Waggonway :: NZ1666
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
Friday, 22 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 30 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1658 6760 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.1618N 1:44.5400W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 16648 67536
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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