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Lambton Railway (Earl of Scarborough's waggonway)




Railway Transport Site


Early Modern


Documentary Evidence

The northern terminus of this line was at the Low Lambton and Blackfell Staiths (HER ref. numbers 3076 and 3061, respectively) from where it ran southwards into County Durham (the border between the two counties being regarded as its southern terminus for the purposes of the Historic Environment Record). In 1812 John Nesham invested in a new line with iron rails from his Newbottle pits to Sunderland where the wagons could be unloaded directly into the colliery ships. The line through Penshaw was remained in use until the final closure of the Lambton Railway, along with New Herrington Colliery (the 'New Pit') in 1985, which marked the end of coal mining in the vicinity of Penshaw.




<< HER 3077 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 13; The Archaeological Practice Ltd., 2014, Penshaw: Not just a monument - Historic Village Atlas; 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 84) p 63 and 172; Bell's Map of 1829 (TWAS Bell 2/421); NEIMME: Watson 31/9

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