A bit of local interest around White Mare Pool.
Posted by N44 on March 17, 2020, 12:10 pm
recently, Steve Smith a Sunderland man was metal detecting at an old Farm on Follinsby Lane and found a Roman coin nearly 2,000 years old. He said his love for “searching for lost things” helped launch his hobby of metal detecting. The coin, was inspected at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle and they said it is from the Vespasian era ,minted around 69 AD. It was found in that area because the Romans built a road from their Arbeia Fort in South Shields which passed Tyne Dock , and on to what today is Lindisfarne Roundabout, passed the top of York Ave Jarrow, then the top of Mill Lane Hebburn and up to White Mare Pool . The section of road they built from White Mare Pool to the traffic lights at Heworth Golf club was very wet & boggy and the source of the Bede Burn that came down and fed Hebburn lakes, so the Roman’s had to build the road on top of felled trees. If you look today you can still see that half mile of road is higher than the land either side. Then the Road continued up the side of what is Leam Lane Estate to Wrekenton. |