NZ1769 : Hedgerow east of Black Callerton

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

Hedgerow east of Black Callerton
Hedgerow east of Black Callerton
The small patch of woodland at the end of the hedge-line is the site of another old coal pit, probably Dolly Pit of Holywell Main Colliery. This probably marked the end of the eastern arm of the waggonway.

George Stephenson worked at Dolly Pit from 1801-1802 as a 'brakesman', controlling the winding gear of the pit. He married Frances Henderson (1769-1806) who was the mother of son, Robert. In 1820 he married Elizabeth Hindmarsh a Black Callerton farmer's daughter NZ1769 : Plaque on wall at Black Callerton
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)
Tuesday, 3 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Boundary, Barrier  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1776 6973 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:1.3078N 1:43.4253W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 17696 69683
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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