Tyne and Wear HER(1325): Prestwick Carr, common land - Details
Prestwick Carr, common land
Agriculture and Subsistence
Land Use Site
In origin a basin mire, in historic times an intermittent lake which was common to the seven surrounding townships of Ponteland, Berwick Hill, Horton Grange, Brenkley, Mason, Dinnington and Prestwick. Drainage was first mentioned, and small-scale works were carried out, in the 18th century. It is probable that enclosure was discussed in 1807 - there were drainage proposals in 1809 and 1835 - but nothing happened until 1855-57, when the Carr was finally drained and enclosed, the Award being dated 25 March 1860.
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