NZ1668 : Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway (eastern branch)

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

Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway (eastern branch)
Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway (eastern branch)
The track of the former waggonway runs south into the adjacent field at the location shown by the rise in the hedgerow. There is a view in the opposite direction here NZ1668 : Embankment of former Walbottle Waggonway (eastern branch)
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
Thursday, 28 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 30 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1677 6801 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.3825N 1:44.3603W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 16780 68046
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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