The Early Railways of the Derwent Valley Paperback

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The Early Railways of the Derwent Valley Paperback

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  • Publisher : North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (16 Nov. 2017)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0993115136
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0993115134

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The Derwent Valley is rich in industrial archaeology of international importance and the remains of the early railways which served the Great Northern Coalfield are amongst its most valuable resources.  More than two hundred years before George Stephenson built the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Lady Elizabeth Bowes and her partner Lady Jane Clavering opened a waggonway in the valley to transport their coal to market.  The impressive remains of the huge embankment which carried their railway across Snipes Dene can be seen near Whickham Golf Course.  The book explores the history of these early railways which were part of a network serving the largest coalfield in the world during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

A distinct portion of the book will describe the Risemoor Waggonway. This 18th century creation ran from staiths at Stella beside the Runhead Pub in Ryton, past the grounds of Prudhoe Hospital before serving the pits of Mickley Moor and with an extension to the Tyne/Derwent watershed at Airey Hill Farm, Whittonstall. Much of the route is walkable and it includes another range of impressive features including the world’s oldest level crossing.

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Dimensions 21 × 3 × 29 cm
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