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Old July 27th, 2017, 11:52 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.


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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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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.

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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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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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On This Day In History - 18th 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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A famous Newcastle city centre street 100 years ago - see how very different it looks today

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A famous Newcastle city centre street 100 years ago - see how very different it looks today
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Clayton Street, Newcastle, early 20th century (Image: newcastle chronicle)


Clayton Street, Newcastle, August 2017 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Richard Grainger, John Dobson, and John Clayton were three of the great 19th century men who helped shape the Newcastle City Centre we know and love today.

The illustrious trio all have streets named after them. Here, we’re looking at Clayton Street - then and now.

Mainly consisting of shops and houses, it was one of the final parts of Grainger’s radical redevelopment of Newcastle , and was completed in 1841. When it was built, it joined up with Blackett Street, making a formal approach to the original Eldon Square .

Clayton was the long-serving Town Clerk and antiquarian who helped ease past various legal issues as Grainger pursued his grand vision.

Our old coloured postcard shows Clayton Street bustling with activity in the early years of the last century. On the left there is a sign “Brooks for hats” above the shop on the corner, while the trundling tram has an advert for Colman’s Mustard which is still popular a century on. Today, on the left, the 1960s-built Newgate Shopping Centre has recently been demolished and the location will become a site for student flats, shops and a £100m hotel.

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Seeing those b+w photos of the cinema's internals make me feel absolutely gutted at it's fate.
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Roman remains found on new housing site

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Roman remains found on new housing site
25 August 2017


Photo credit: The Archaeological Practice. Archaeologists revealing walls of Roman buildings discovered on site.

Remains discovered at a Newcastle City Council and Leazes Homes housing development have been described as “perhaps the most significant find in the region for over 50 years” by Richard Carlton, the archaeologist who unearthed them.

When work on the new development in the Benwell area of the city began it was no surprise when Roman remains were discovered but what was surprising was the type and scale of what was found. Although small scale archaeological trenching was carried out before the building work began it was only when a local firm, the Archaeologist Practice, carried out a detailed excavation of the site as it was being prepared for build that the real importance of the find became apparent.

The Vicus, or civilian settlement, they found is located to the West and South of Condercum Fort and includes a number of open fronted buildings, cobbled surfaces and water channels indicating that this was the commercial or industrial area of the settlement. What makes this site particularly special is that unlike other vicus buildings excavated in Newcastle these buildings were made of stone rather than timber. One of the buildings has substantial buttresses indicating that it was probably a two storey warehouse – the first of its kind to be found in Newcastle. As well as the buildings the archaeologists found coins and Roman pottery including an almost complete amphora, a vessel that was used to transport liquids such as wine and olive oil. While the finds are still being analysed they are believed to date back to the second or third century and it is hoped they will improve our understanding of what life was like for people who living under Roman rule.

Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE group, who are developing the site on behalf of the Council and affordable housing provider Leazes Homes have resumed work on the site, which will deliver a mix of 32 new two and three bedroom homes at affordable rent, but plans are in place to stop work again if more remains are found.

Councillor Kim McGuinness, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Although we knew there was likely to be Roman remains it wasn’t until they were uncovered that we realised the importance of the site. We believe these finds could be of national significance. We are working closely with the developers and archaeologist so the remains can be carefully examined and analysed. We also hope to raise funds so some of the smaller artefacts can be put on display in the local community for everyone to see."

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Drill Hall Gate Piers - Northumberland Road

Photographs taken of the Grade II Listed Gate Piers taken 15th August 2017.

No longer the City of Newcastle Employees Club, it is now home to Northumbria University

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Entry Name: Gate Piers and Wall Adjoining City of Newcastle Employees Club
Listing Date: 30 March 1987
Grade: II
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1024821
English Heritage Legacy ID: 304756
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Metropolitan District Ward: South Jesmond

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NORTHUMBERLAND ROAD (south side)
Gate piers and wall adjoining City of Newcastle Employees Club
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Gate piers and wall. 1849, for the Northumberland Yeomanry.

Sandstone ashlar and brick. 2 gate piers, that at left square and that at right narrower and set against wail of Riding School, have plinths and console topped inner pilasters. Brick wall about 3 metres long adjoining left pier has chamfered stone coping.

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On This Day In History - 30th August 1836

This snippet from John Sykes in his Local Records for this day in history, 30th August 1836:

The " extensive cellar of fine old port wine, belonging to the Corporation of Newcastle, comprising upwards of 370 dozens," was sold by auction in the Mansion House. The wine produced about £800.

This advert from the Newcastle Courant:


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On This Day Ih History - 31st August 1839

Thomas Fordyce in his Local Records for this day in history, 31st August 1839:

A man, named John H. Mooney, was thrown head-foremost from the third story of a disorderly house in Silver Street, Newcastle, and was. so severely injured that he died soon after.

Two men, named Dwyer and Spark, who, it was discovered, had perpetrated this brutal act, were tried at the next assizes, before Mr. Justice Coleridge, and sentenced to fifteen years' transportation.

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An eye in the sky over Newcastle and Gateshead in 1972 - which landmarks do you recognise?

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Aerial view of Newcastle, Gateshead and the River Tyne taken on September 9, 1972 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

A pleasAnt day in late summer 45 years ago, and the droning sound of a circling light aircraft is heard in the Tyneside skies.

The residents of Newcastle and Gateshead probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance but the small craft, specially chartered by the Chronicle, was carrying a photographer busy taking spectacular aerial shots.

Back on terra firma, a few thousand feet below, what was going on in the world on Saturday, September 9, 1972? At St James’ Park, Newcastle United were earning an excellent 2-1 win over Arsenal at St James’ Park. Super striker Malcolm Macdonald and full-back David Craig were on target for the Magpies.

In the pop charts, glam rock giants Slade were at number one with Mama Weer All Crazee Now. Elsewhere, Rod Stewart was flying high with You Wear It Well, and Roxy Music - featuring North East-born Bryan Ferry - were doing well with a new song called Virginia Plain. At the cinema, recent releases included The Godfather, What’s Up, Doc? and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Our striking aerial photos show areas of Tyneside that would witness considerable change in the coming four and a half decades. The famous ‘five bridges’ spanning the River Tyne in our main image would later be joined by the QEII Metro Bridge (1980); a new Redheugh Bridge, replacing the old (1983); and the Millennium Bridge (2001) further downriver. On the Gateshead side of the river, Dunston Staiths ceased operations in 1980, and Dunston power station would be demolished and replaced by the Metrocentre shopping complex in 1986.

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As old Tyneside Metro Bridge is replaced, a forgotten tragedy comes to light

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The old Metro bridge over Killingworth Road between South Gosforth and Longbenton (Image: Trevor Ermel)

The Chronicle reported earlier this week how the long-term Metro line closure between South Gosforth and Shiremoor is over.

Trains began running again on Sunday after five weeks of disruption and replacement buses while the old Metro bridge over Killingworth Road was replaced. The work to replace the Victorian-era bridge was done in conjunction with a multi-million pound revamp to widen the Killingworth Road section of the A189 in South Gosforth, which will remain closed until spring 2018. The Metro bridge is situated on the line between South Gosforth and Longbenton.

And while it certainly needed replacing, a small piece of Tyneside rail and Metro heritage has been consigned to history.

Rail enthusiast and photographer, Trevor Ermel, said: “The bridge, believed to date back to the opening of the original route by the Blyth & Tyne Railway in 1864, was removed in August as part of metro track modernisation work and a road widening scheme. The rather fine cast iron parapet only survived on the North side. The one on the other side had been replaced by a much plainer one after the original had been demolished in a fatal train crash one night in December 1923.

Trevor, from Whitley Bay, went on: “A steam loco pulling a coal train was in collision with an empty electric train - which had just come out of South Gosforth car sheds - and smashed through the parapet, plunging onto the road below. It is believed the driver of the steam loco, who died along with his fireman, had misread the signals and had not realised the electric train was crossing on to his track in front of the coal train.”

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18 things you probably never knew about Newcastle's magnificent Grey's Monument

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...never-13578771
18 things you probably never knew about Newcastle's magnificent Grey's Monument
David Morton 6th September 2017


A painting of Newcastle's Grainger Street and Grey's Monument at night in 1902, by Victorian artist Louis Grimshaw (Image: UGC)

Grey’s Monument is the focal point of Newcastle city centre.

A long-time popular meeting place for shoppers and revellers, it was opened in 1838. For much of the 20th century, it was used as a mini-roundabout by road traffic in the city. Nowadays, the area around the Monument is pedestrianised and sits at the top of Newcastle’s finest thoroughfare, Grey Street - home to an ever-increasing number of trendy bars and restaurants.

As today marks the 180th anniversary of a pivotal date in its history, we recall 18 things you probably never knew - OK, maybe you did - about Grey’s Monument.

1. The foundation-stone of the splendid Grey column in Grey Street, Newcastle, was laid by Messrs John and Benjamin Green the architects,” writes Thomas Fordyce in his Local Records, September 6, 1837.
The Greens father and son team were also responsible for the nearby Theatre Royal.

2. The Monument wasn’t part of Richard Grainger’s original plan for a redesigned Newcastle, but was quickly erected between 1837 and 1838 after being paid for by public subscription.

3. Charles Grey, a viscount, was born in Alnwick in 1764, and died, aged 81, in 1845.

4. As Prime Minster, Grey’s government passed the Great Reform Act of 1832, a move which would lead to wide-ranging changes to the nation’s unfair electoral system. Local people believed he deserved a monument.
Meanwhile for anybody partial to a cup of Earl Grey tea, it is reputedly named after the Earl who once received a gift of tea flavoured with bergamot oil, and very much enjoyed it.

5. The Monument in Newcastle was constructed partially in response to plans in London to erect a Corinthian column in London’s Trafalgar Square in honour of British naval hero, Lord Nelson. In the event, Newcastle won the race of the Monuments by five years!

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GREY, EARL (PRIME MINISTER FOR 1832 REFORM ACT AND IMMORTALISED IN "GREY'S MONUMENT") . . .
Information about Earl Grey (See final part of this post)
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The day that Earl Grey literally lost his head (off the top of Grey's Monument on July 25th 1941)
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On 17th August 1845 - Died, at Howick Hall, Northumberland, in his 82nd year, Charles, Earl Grey, Viscount Howick (2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister and subject of Grey's Monument)
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On 14th November 1807 - Died at Fallowden House, Northumberland, the Right Honourable Charles Earl Grey, aged 79 (1st Earl Grey, father of the above)
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GREY'S MONUMENT . . .
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Grey’s Monument - The "quite recent" final cleaning of it
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Grey's Monument - In 2015 does it already need another clean-up?
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Grey's Monument - same view - 1865 / 1980s / Present Day
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Grey's Monument "Captured in a Shadow"
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Grey's Monument - Construction of Monument Metro Station underneath it
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Grey's Monument - Red and White Lights (and other interesting facts)
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Grey's Monument - Illumination of
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Grey's Monument - Hidden Time Capsule
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Grey's Monument - The day that Earl Grey literally lost his head!
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Grey's Monument - Eldon Grill and 'The Eldon Public House'
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Grey's Monument Hotel (Newcastle as it might have been)
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On 6th September 1837 - The day the 'Foundation Stone' for Grey's Monument was laid
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Video of 'views from the top of Grey's Monument', taken in 2012
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Grey's Monument - The "connections" for Trolleybus Wires are still there in 2017
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From Dave Morton in today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...laced-13574153
As old Tyneside Metro Bridge is replaced, a forgotten tragedy comes to light
David Morton 5 September 2017


The old Metro bridge over Killingworth Road between South Gosforth and Longbenton (Image: Trevor Ermel)

The Chronicle reported earlier this week how the long-term Metro line closure between South Gosforth and Shiremoor is over.

Trains began running again on Sunday after five weeks of disruption and replacement buses while the old Metro bridge over Killingworth Road was replaced. The work to replace the Victorian-era bridge was done in conjunction with a multi-million pound revamp to widen the Killingworth Road section of the A189 in South Gosforth, which will remain closed until spring 2018. The Metro bridge is situated on the line between South Gosforth and Longbenton.

And while it certainly needed replacing, a small piece of Tyneside rail and Metro heritage has been consigned to history.

Rail enthusiast and photographer, Trevor Ermel, said: “The bridge, believed to date back to the opening of the original route by the Blyth & Tyne Railway in 1864, was removed in August as part of metro track modernisation work and a road widening scheme. The rather fine cast iron parapet only survived on the North side. The one on the other side had been replaced by a much plainer one after the original had been demolished in a fatal train crash one night in December 1923.

Trevor, from Whitley Bay, went on: “A steam loco pulling a coal train was in collision with an empty electric train - which had just come out of South Gosforth car sheds - and smashed through the parapet, plunging onto the road below. It is believed the driver of the steam loco, who died along with his fireman, had misread the signals and had not realised the electric train was crossing on to his track in front of the coal train.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...laced-13574153

From The Times, 19th December 1923:


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Here is a photo of the accident, found on Facebook . . .


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