NY6096 : Border crossing at Deadwater

taken 7 years ago, near to Deadwater, Northumberland, Great Britain

Border crossing at Deadwater
Border crossing at Deadwater
At this point the Border Counties Railway, heading north towards Riccarton Junction, crossed the Border into Scotland. The Border Line continues on the east (right) side of the railway trackbed for about another 400m before it cuts away from the railway over the watershed between Tynedale and Liddesdale to make for the heights of Peel Fell.

Hidden in the new plantation just to the left is Deadwater Well. The First Edition OS Maps identify this as 'sulphureous' and show the unlikely presence of a Bathing House next to the well NY6096 : Remains of Bathing House at Deadwater Well

Eneas Mackenzie (1825) wrote that:
"... it is much frequented by persons who are affliced with cutaneous and scrophulous complaints, and who receive great benefit by drinking the water, and by using it as a warm bath. It only wants, observed Chambers, proper accommodation to make Dead Water a place of more resort."

The Tyneside Naturalists Field Club visited the spot in 1863. They reported that the Bathing House had its peak some 40 or 50 years before. When the house was uninhabited, visitors were required to fill the boiler with water from the well and heat it by setting a fire using peats placed near the house. However, on the occasion of their visit, they reported that this 'primitive apparatus' had been recently destroyed.
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Railways  Derelict, Disused  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 6028 9688 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:15.8681N 2:37.5947W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 60287 96857
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