Wednesday Header 'down at the Ballast hill'
Posted by Norman Dunn on July 14, 2021, 8:07:53
Todays header is of Peter McBarron in 1946 at the base of the long gone Ballast Hill. The name ballast comes from the days when Colliers came into the Tyne to load up with coal. To stop an empty collier bobbing around in the sea & dangerously unstable they were loaded with sand/gravel which was then emptied on the river banks & then they collected their coal. The Tyne riverside was dotted with these ballast hills. In later years with the advent of water pumps, the ballast they used was water as it was much easier to pump out of the Collier's. |