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Heritage the Tyne Derwent Way

Tyne Derwent Way Heritage

The Tyne Derwent Way is rich with history from Gateshead's past, from its Roman origins to its industrial heritage. 

Check out the iconic landmarks along the Way and events where you can get involved. 

St Mary's Heritage Centre

St Mary's Heritage Centre is based within the former church which dates from the 12th century. Often described as Gateshead's 'mother church' because it was the only Anglican church in Gateshead until 1825, some local historians have speculated that there was a monastic community there as early as Roman times! 

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Dunston Staiths

Often purported to be the largest wooden structure in Europe, Dunston Staiths was opened in 1893 by the North East Railway Company to load coal directly onto waiting colliers (coal ships) ready for the onward journey to customers in London and abroad. At the coal industry's peak around 5.5 million tons of coal was moved this way each year. 

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Crowleys Iron works and Derwenthaugh Coke Works

Did you know that the Derwent Valley was once home to the largest iron manufactory in Europe? Crowley's Iron Works is a site of important social and industrial historical significance. Check out the Land of Oak and Iron's history portal for more information.

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When he inherited Gibside in 1722, Coal baron George Bowes began to design the estate to dazzle his important guests. The column to liberty and the chapel are part of his legacy. His daughter Mary Eleanor Bowes was at one point the wealthiest heiress in Georgian England, and a keen botanist. You can still visit her orangery today. Visit Gibside to learn more about the people that made the estate what it is today. 

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