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The Dam Head

Posted in , on 5-22-14

The Dam Head

The Dam Head on the River Derwent near Swalwell was a milldam built in the 18th century which provided water for the millrace supplying power for the Crowley’s works at Swalwell....

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Sunhill, Sunniside

Posted in , on 5-5-14

Sunhill, Sunniside

Sunhill was built in 1968, at a cost of approximately £80,000,  to provide accommodation for older people and give them the opportunity to live in a closely knit community.  Communal and...

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Streetgate- Introduction

Posted in , on 2-25-14

Streetgate- Introduction

Streetgate is situated on the A692 adjoining the larger village of Sunniside. The land originally belonged to the Ravensworth estate. The name, Streetgate, is thought to be derived from the...

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Streetgate Dates

Posted in on 2-24-14

Streetgate Dates

1920 Two shafts were sunk in Watergate Woods to form the Watergate Colliery. A housing estate was built for colliery workers on Broom Lane, Whickham. 1941 There was a very heavy fall of...

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Marley Hill

Posted in , on 2-23-14

  At the start of the Twentieth Century there was a thriving industrial community in Marley Hill, with two collieries and a coke works with chemical works. Marley Hill Colliery Coal had...

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The Name of Marley Hill

Posted in on 2-23-14

The origin of the name Marley Hill may have come from the fact that Marley means a clearing near to a boundary or from a corruption of the name of the owners of the land in the twelfth...

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