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113 years ago down the 'dip' and a History lesson
Posted by Norman Dunn on July 8, 2018, 10:14 amEdited by board administrator July 8, 2018, 11:23 am
This photo was taken close to St Bede's Well 1905. The Well was at the end of a beautiful little valley, which our Council filled in for some strange reason. The little stream came down from Wardley area and the Ellison family utilised it to fill the 4 new lakes they'd constructed in about 1870 ish. The stream continued under Campbell Pk road through a concrete pipe about 3ft diameter.Us kids easily crawled through it so that shows how large it was. At the other side of the road between Windermere Cres and Cambridge Ave was a lovely valley all the way to the slag heap. That little stream ran through the valley then it went underground through a drain under the slag heap.The stream re-emerged at the allotments at pig stye ave in Jarrow then ran on to the river Don.
Today, Hebburn's little valley is buried forever.
One winter in the late 50s the valley filled up with water as it couldnt drain away quick enough and became a 5th Hebburn lake, but it was much deeper, probably 30ft deep. It eventually drained away over a week or two.
The aerial view shows where the photo was taken beside a fence ie just above the 'X'.
The Circle in the field beside the slag heap and remains of buildings and the aerial will be because the RAF anchored the Barrage Balloons there a few years earlier during WW2
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org