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Old July 27th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #6241
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One-off chance to see a stretch of the oldest wooden railway in the world discovered in Walker

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Ex-Toon chief Freddy Shepherd's plan to rescue 18th Century wooden track

By Dan Warburton - 4 August 2013


Freddy Shepherd at the dig site showing part of the Willington Wagonway that dates back to the 1780s

Ex-Toon chief Freddy Shepherd last night revealed plans to save a historic railway line which dates back more than two centuries.

Archaeologists have staged a huge restoration project after the 18th Century wooden track was unearthed during a £2m revamp of the tycoon’s Walker-based Neptune Energy Park.

It was feared the 25-metre stretch of waggonway – thought to be the earliest surviving example of the standard gauge railway – could be lost forever.

Now the former Newcastle United owner has stepped in and revealed he is due to stage high-level talks with historians to decide its fate.

One option is to remove a slice of the track and preserve it for future generations at Mr Shepherd’s Military Museum in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park.

Last night Mr Shepherd told the Sunday Sun: “This is an important piece of history with national significance.

“This single piece of railway inspired future generations of engineers and formed the basis for more than half of all railway systems in the world today.

“We want to preserve that heritage for the people of the North East to make sure it won’t be lost.

“Tomorrow we are talking with representatives from Tyne and Wear Museums to decide the best way of moving forward.”

The railway is thought to have been part of a network of lines connecting collieries throughout Tyneside and South East Northumberland.

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The late 18th century waggonway, whose rails would have carried horse-drawn coal carts, was unearthed in 2013 during a dig in Newcastle


The waggonway excavation site at the former Neptune shipyard on Tyneside (Image: Handout)

Sections of an internationally important early wooden railway discovered on Tyneside have returned to the region after almost three years of preservation treatment.

The late 18th century waggonway, whose rails would have carried horse-drawn coal carts, was unearthed in 2013 during a dig before Shepherd Offshore was due to begin development work of the former Neptune shipyard site in Walker in Newcastle.

It is believed to be the most complete and best-preserved section of early wooden railway to have been found anywhere in the world.

A section was lifted for preservation and study by Tyne Wear Archive and Museums thanks to a £75,000 award from Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund.

Now visitors can see the timbers from the waggonway at the Stephenson Railway Museum at Middle Engine Lane in North Tyneside on Friday between 11am-3pm.


Full article on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ldest-13387284

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Old July 29th, 2017, 03:59 PM   #6242
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On This Day In History - 29th July 1767

John Sykes writing in his Local Records for this day in history, 29th July 1767.

The Rev. Nathaniel Whitaker, D.D., and the Rev. Sampson Occum, an Indian of the tribe of Moneghan, in the colony of Connecticut, in North America, arrived in Newcastle from Scotland, where, as well as in the southern part of England, they had been very successful in soliciting assistance for the Indian academy, founded and carried on by the Rev. Eleazor Wheelock, of New England, for educating youths in the English tongue.

Sunday, August the 2nd, Mr. Whitaker preached in one of the dissenting meeting-houses, and on the following Sunday, Mr. Occum preached in the morning at Mr. Aitkin's meeting-house (Castle Garth), at Mr. Lowthion's chapel (Hanover Square), in the afternoon, and at Mr. Ogilvie's (Groat Market), in the evening, where very liberal collections were made for the above purpose.

During their stay in Newcastle, the mayor and corporation, to testify their approbation of the plan for civilizing the native Indians of North America, paid into the hands of Dr. Whitaker, the sum of twenty guineas: many private gentlemen also contributed liberally.

These reverend strangers preached at Alnwick, Morpeth, Shields, Sunderland, Durham, Stockton, &c., at all of which places they were very liberally supported in their praiseworthy undertaking.

The collection in Newcastle, public and private, amounted to near £200.
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On This Day In History - 1st August 1808

Another entry from John Sykes Local Records for this day in history, 1st August 1808:

Died, in the Wall Knoll, Newcastle, Mrs. Dorothy Turnbull, in the 107th year of her age.

She was born on the 4th of July, 1702, in the reign of Queen Anne, and until within three days of her death, possessed her faculties in an amazing degree.

Her memory being little impaired, she could relate, with astonishing exactness, a variety of events which happened during the rebellion in 1715, and almost every subsequent event of any importance.

About a month before her death she made herself a petticoat without the aid of spectacles, when she was heard to observe, that "she had lived to such an age, that Newcastle could not furnish her with a pair to assist her sight."

On the Friday preceding her death, she walked to Low Friar-street, where she drank tea with a friend, who lived in the curious old house with the ornamented front, but before returning home, she grew very low-spirited, and seemed conscious of her approaching dissolution; the next day she was confined to her bed, and on the Monday her existence was terminated.
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Old August 5th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #6244
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Paramount Theatre

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View of the exterior of the Paramount Theatre, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, September 1931 (TWAM ref. DX1677/1/1).

The Odeon Cinema opened on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 7 September 1931. It as originally known as the Paramount Theatre but was taken over by Odeon in 1939. The Odeon’s luxurious décor made it one of the country’s finest cinemas and arguably the North East’s best loved. Most of the images in this album date from its opening and convey a real sense of the building’s elegance and beauty. Sadly the cinema closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2017.

This image is from an album which was kindly donated to the Archives by the Northumberland & Newcastle Society.




















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Cc Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street - Demolition | Newcastle | Completed
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On This Day In History - 6th August 1812

John Sykes writing in his Local Records for this day in history, 6th August 1812.

The high Sheriff of Northumberland, Mr. Bates, of Milburn Hall, the Judges of Assize, and a large attendance of gentlemen, went in procession along Bailiff Gate and Castle Street, Newcastle, to the new county courts to open the commission.

They had not gone this way before for perhaps some centuries, having from time immemorial gone to the Old Moot Hall by that dark, narrow, and dangerous passage called the Black Gate.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 02:54 PM   #6246
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On this day in history - 7th August 1871

Thomas Fordyce recounts this event in his Local Records for this day i history, 7th August 1871.

His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, arrived in Newcastle, on a visit to the celebrated shipbuilding yard of Charles Mitchell and Co., of Walker.

His attention, while in this country, had been principally directed to the inspection of our largest shipbuilding yards and manufactories, and hence, with this object in view, he was engaged during the greater part of the day in carefully examining the arrangements at the Cylops steel works, at Sheffield, as well as in witnessing the various processes required in the manufacture of armour plates for vessels of war.

His Imperial Highness arrived in Newcastle from the latter town by the train reaching the Central Station at 7.55, and was at once received by Mr. Mitchell and Capt. H. F. Swan, of the 8th Northumberland Rifles.

The distinguished party were at once conducted to a number of carriages in waiting beneath the portico, and driven without delay to Mr. Mitchell's magnificent residence at Jesmond Towers, where they were afterwards joined at a very sumptuous repast by Mr. R. B. Sanderson, the Mayor of Newcastle; Mr. C. S. Smith, the Russian Consul; and a select party of the neighbouring gentry.

Mr. Mitchell's connection with the Government of the Czar had been of very long standing — several of the finest vessels sailing under the Russian flag having been constructed by him — and hence His Imperial Highness's visit to Tyneside had been long contemplated.

On the following day His Highness and suite were taken over the extensive shipbuilding premises of Mr. Mitchell at Walker, and were highly delighted with what they saw.
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On This Day In History - 9th August 1821

John Sykes gives this report in his Local Records for this day in history, 9th August 1821.

About one o'clock on the morning, a destructive fire broke out in that part of the premises occupied by the Northumberland Glass Company, which fronted the Close, Newcastle ; and such was the violence of the flames, and the rapidity with which they spread, that at two o'clock the greater part of the premises was in a complete blaze, and, in defiance of all efforts, that very extensive establishment, with the warehouses, and the greater part of the superb stock, fell A prey to the flames.

The only part left standing was the cone, containing the furnace, adjoining the river Tyne.

Some adjoining dwelling-houses, inhabited by labouring people, were involved in the calamity, several families having nearly lost their all.

Great fears were entertained for the safety of the soap manufactory (which at one time was on fire), belonging to Messrs. Doubleday and Co., adjoining to the Glass-house on the west side, but a strong west wind carried the flames in an opposite direction.

The Mansion-house and Messrs. Doubleday and Co.'s counting-house being on the east side, and nearly adjoining the Glass-house, were in imminent danger from the flames and heavy showers of sparks which were carried to them by the wind.

And, to add to the danger, several hundreds of barrels of rosin were lying in an open yard close to the Mansion-house ; on them the sparks fell thick and fast, but fortunately they did not take fire, though, to prevent such a catastrophe, men were placed on the watch with buckets of water, and many of the casks were removed into the street.

By great exertions the fire was confined to the glass-house premises, and about half-past five o'clock was got nearly under, though some of the ruins continued to burn during the day.
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Paramount Theatre

Further excellent photographs of the Paramount Theatre (later Odeon) courtesy of the Tyne & Wear Museums Flickr Photostream @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/twm_news/

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View of the exterior of the Paramount Theatre, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, September 1931 (TWAM ref. DX1677/1/1).

The Odeon Cinema opened on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 7 September 1931. It as originally known as the Paramount Theatre but was taken over by Odeon in 1939. The Odeon’s luxurious décor made it one of the country’s finest cinemas and arguably the North East’s best loved. Most of the images in this album date from its opening and convey a real sense of the building’s elegance and beauty. Sadly the cinema closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2017.

This image is from an album which was kindly donated to the Archives by the Northumberland & Newcastle Society.







View of the Paramount Theatre under construction, looking towards Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, c1930 (TWAM ref. DX1677/1/1).




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Cc Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street - Demolition | Newcastle | Completed
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On This Day In History - 8th August 1791

John Sykes writing in his Local Records for this day in history, 18th August 1791:

About twelve o'clock at night, the warehouses of Mr. Alderman Rudman, at the head of the Quay, Newcastle, were discovered to be on fire.

The flames instantly burst forth with the most impetuous violence, and almost immediately communicated to the adjoining warehouses of Messrs. Nichol and Ludlow, wharfingers, which were burnt to the ground ; from whence it was communicated to the roof of the Exchange, the west end of which was burnt for a considerable distance, but the application of the fire engines fortunately prevented that important building from sharing a fate, that for some time, appeared inevitable.

A warehouse and part of the office of Messrs. Allan, Robinson, & Co., were also burnt down. From the warehouses of Mr. Rudman nothing could possibly be saved, but the principal part of the goods in Nichol and Ludlow's were got out.

The flames, after entirely destroying all that range of buildings from the Tyne Bank at the bridge end to the west end of the Exchange, were effectually got under about five o'clock on the following morning.

In consequence of the fire getting into the exchange, the pictures at the west end of the Guildhall, were considerably damaged by it. They were afterwards repaired in a very masterly style by Mr. Bell, painter, of Newcastle
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