Tyne and Wear HER(17091): William Donnison's Waggonway - Details
William Donnison's Waggonway
This line was established by William Donnison around 1750 to carry coal from pits in North Birtley on Birtley Common. It probably ran just west of Washington to Cox Green on the north bank of the River Wear. A spout is marked up as belonging to Donnison on Burleigh and Thompsonâ€™s map of the area.
Alan Williams Archaeology, 2013, Waggonways to the South Bank of the River Tyne and to the River Wear; Turnbull, L, 2012, Railways Before George Stephenson (entry 78) 158 and 172; NRO: PSAN/BEQ/9/1/3/25