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Groverake Fluorite Mine

Mining started as early as the 18th century at Groverake, which was initially unproductive mining for lead. Flourspar was mined here in the late 19th century but problems removing silica rendered this only marginally profitable. By the time WWII came around … Continue reading

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Train Graveyard

There’s a lot of railway history in this yard, but one particular gem stands out. In many of the photographs you will see what looks to be a crane towering over the rest of the locos and carriages. This is … Continue reading

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Godwin Battery Coastal Defences

This is a great place to see WWI and WWII history but also to see geological history as it happens. Godwin Battery was established in 1914 as part of the outer defences of the Humber and comprised a large base … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Dock

St Andrew’s Dock opened in 1883 and although originally intended to serve the coal industry it was used exclusively by the booming fishing trade along the Humber. Following initial success the dock was extended and had new slipways installed for … Continue reading

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Bowes Railway Station

Along with other vestigial remains of the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, Bowes Railway Station looks like it could have been put there by aliens. Tracing the line is difficult, with much of being paved over by roads or … Continue reading

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Broomielaw Signal Box

It may seem bizarre now that a private station train station should exist but prior to the development of road and air transport the railway was the most effective means of travelling long distance. Investors in passenger stations sought to … Continue reading

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Boldon Anti-Aircraft Supply Depot

Not much archival information exists about the Boldon Anti-Aircraft Supply Depot. As the name suggests it was a strategically placed WWII depot. Sources variously report that it was used also as a balloon depot (TW Site Lines), MoD bunkers and … Continue reading

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