Tyne and Wear HER(5640): Gateshead, medieval bakehouses - Details
Gateshead, medieval bakehouses
The Boldon Book of 1183 (a survey of land belonging to the Bishop of Durham, Hugh du Puiset) describes Gateshead as having mills, fisheries and bakehouses, with surrounding arable land. Cereals were obviously brought into Gateshead from the surrounding countryside and the town was, like Durham and Darlington, a milling and baking centre for the bishopric. The specific locations of the bakehouses are not known.
<< HER 5640 >> 1183, Boldon Book D. Austin, (ed) 1982, The Boldon Book, Northumberland and Durham, p 11; F.W.D. Manders, 1973, A History of Gateshead, pp 4 and 7-8