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Crawcrook and Rise Moor Way






Post Medieval


Documentary Evidence

It is possible that Crawcrook, lying much closer to the River Tyne, had a waggonway before Chopwell. Under the ownership of Robert Anderson there may have been a waggonway here before 1640, although no positive evidence has been found to prove this. By the early 18th century, the way is not shown on the 1728 plan, although there is evidence it was open at this time; it is possible it was subsumed under another waggonway. The site of the 17th century Crawcrook Colliery was probably the same as that of the 19th century one, still visible south of South View as an area of spoil heaps. The waggonway took a north-easterly course through the later Emma Colliery at Bar Moor. From there to the Holburn Dene it course is followed by the Corbridge road. It reached Ryton Haughs along the east side of the dene where the remains of an embankment still stand. This embankment has, in the past, been erroneously regarded as a defensive measure built to protect English soldiers at the Battle of Newburn. The original staiths were on the Tyne, nearly opposite Newburn Church, above Crummel Ford. Rise Moor Colliery was opened around 1685. It was worked by wains and any serious development depended on Chopwell’s waggonway. By 1710 it had gone out of production but was leased in 1736 by John Humble of Ryton and in 1737 he built a waggonway. He used the old Crawcrook waggonway by extending it to the valley of the Stanley Burn and intended to work coal from this low point. The old waggonway had already been extended as far as the Bradley Burn, past the Rising Sun Inn. Humble’s extension from the Bradley Burn over the Stanley Burn is clear on the ground. It appears on an early 19th century map crossing the Stanley Burn under the name “Mill Moss Waggonway”, despite it having been lifted in 1781, and the relaying of 1787 is thought to have ended at Crawcrook. It had a wayleave to use the old waggonway to Boggle Hole as well as new staiths on the Hassocks at Stella, with a mount (an embankment built to allow the coal still to be shot into keels from above where the river banks were low). Another crossing, across the Red Burn in Guards Wood, entailed a battery and culvert and it remains today. The waggonway ended just beyond the lane bounding Dukes Hagg Wood. In 1743 another extension was built from the Red Burn deep into Prudhoe. It closed 20 years later when two copyholders each built a wall across it. In 1763 another colliery was opened at Rise Moor and the waggonway was extended from Dukes Hagg Wood, where it can be seen overlying the old way, for nearly 1½ miles to the west, removing the newly built blocking walls. At the head of the incline at Dukes Hagg Wood the way split, one branch heading south to Leadgate and the other westward to Airey Hill. A plan of 1767 shows a diversion at Stella Boggle Hole with a new timber bridge on gears over the stream. This latest Rise Moor Colliery lasted until 1781, when it was worked out, and the copyholders rebuilt their walls across the waggonway and it was lifted. In 1787 its Hassock staiths was an empty site. By 1789 the way was lifted in three places either side of Whitewell Lane. By 1820 the wooden waggonway was no longer in use and it was not relaid. By the middle of the 18th century, Crawcrook Way was re-routed to the south by the partnership of Wrightson and Walters, cutting through Chopwell Estate which it had previously avoided. The line was also extended with branches to pits on Mickley Moor and Labourne Fell, both areas beyond Tyne and Wear.




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