Tyne and Wear HER(2598): Springwell Quarry - Details
Stone Extraction Site
The world famous "Newcastle Grindstones" in fact came from Gateshead, being produced from quarries like this one, the last one in operation. This very tough fine grained sandstone occurs in a 36.5 metre bed and has been used for pulpstones and as a building stone. Springwell Quarry includes an engine house (HER ref. 2597).
<< HER 2598 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 7 I. Ayris & S.M. Linsley, 1994, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Tyne and Wear, p 43; F. Atkinson, 1980, North East England - People at Work 1860-1950