NZ1668 : Public footpath on line of former waggonway

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

Public footpath on line of former waggonway
Public footpath on line of former 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.

Heddon on the Wall Local History Society blog: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Friday, 22 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 1 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1680 6810 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.4310N 1:44.3319W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 16798 68097
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