Tyne and Wear HER(4865): Gateshead, well in Rectory grounds - Details
Gateshead, well in Rectory grounds
Water Supply and Drainage
Water Storage Site
The traditional explanation of the street name 'Oakwellgate' is that given by the antiquarian author, Brand, who wrote: "there had been anciently a well, with an oak hanging over it" (Brand 1789, 482). A stone-lined well 5 feet 9 inches in diameter and 20 feet deep was found to the south-east of the old rectory in 1921. From the brief description the well cannot be dated, but was probably a domestic supply for the rectory.
<< HER 4865 >> Northern Counties Archaeological Services, 1998, Gateshead Regional Music Centre, Archaeological Desk Top Assessment J. Brand, 1789, The History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Newcastle. p 482 Tyne and Wear Archive Service, T311, (1852-1974)