Tyneside graveyard revealing its secrets thanks to work of dedicated volunteers
History is being brought to life in the graveyard of St James Church in Benwell, where some of Tyneside's most famous sons and daughters are buried
One grave they’ve found and restored was that of Walter Scott
Walter built the first tunnel for the London Tube, the original Redheugh bridge, Byker and Glasshouse bridges over the Ouseburn, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, and owned ships, quarries, coal mines, hotels, chemical works and a publishing business. Stories include the memorial on the family grave to Walter Scott, who lived in Elswick and is said to have been Britain’s first self-made millionaire.
When he died in 1910, he left the equivalent in today’s money of £500m. He worked as a mason on the building of Newcastle Central Station in 1848, later setting up in business as a builder and civil engineering contractor.
Walter Scott had a Cement Factory at the riverside in Hebburn, next to the Ballast Hill.
His Publishing Business was in Felling.
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