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Plessey Waggonway (Cramlington)

Plessey Waggonway.
Photograph by Harry Rowland.
Plessey Waggonway. Photograph by Harry Rowland.

This is the site of Plessey waggonway, one of the earliest and longest waggonways in Northumberland. It was running by 1709 and continued in use until 1812. It ran for five and a half miles from Plessey Hall Farm to Blyth. When it was built it had tracks made from beech wood laid on oak sleepers. Horse-drawn waggons pulled the coal from the coal mine to the harbour at Blyth. Little survives now though in places it can be seen as an earthwork over 2m high.

Reference number:N11491
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):TEST PIT, Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland. Archaeological Monitoring for a New Water Main 2007; Archaeological Services Durham University
WATCHING BRIEF, Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland. Archaeological monitoring for a new water main 2007; Archaeological Services University of Durham
WATCHING BRIEF, Plessey System, Blyth - archaeological watching brief Area 1 2009; Tyne and Wear Museums

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Source of Reference
Local History of Cramlington


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