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Source : St Dominics Parish Newcastle upon Tyne 1873-1973 - A History from the point of view of the Parishioners, complied by Antony Archer O.P.I see on those mpas above, north of where the Eygpt Cottage used to be, is somewhere called 'Red Barns'. I'm assuming this has soemthing to do with a farm/agriculture use for the area? Or is it named after something else?
"Red Barns a fairly large but ugly 18th century house with what had been its gardens lying between Gibson Street and what became Crawhall Road. With the house went a row of terraced houses, Red Barnes Terrace, and various outbuildings.
There was supposed to have been the ghost, that of someone who had committed suicide in the Town in 1817 and was buried during the night at the junction of the three roads, Stepney Lane, Gibson Street and Newbridge Street, the last time this form of burial for suicide was practiced in Newcastle. The ghost of the woman was supposed to have attached itself to Red Barns."
The use of Red Barns as a place/area name seems to be widespread and one site makes the claim that "Hundreds of years ago, farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil mixed with rust, which turned the mixture red." - that however may relate to the USA