The Lost Village

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Bigges Main


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    "....Bigges Main village was located where Wallsend Golf Course (now renamed Centurion Park) is today. Bigges Main village was founded in the seventeenth century when Thomas Charles Bigg, who lived at Benton, opened a pit there. He leased his coal royalties to Messrs. Bell, Brown and Johnstone in 1785; the lease to last for 40 years. The new owners sank three shafts, built cottages for the miners and successfully ran the enterprise for 41 years. In 1910, Bigges Main with its population of 690 was incorporated into the Borough of Wallsend. In its post-mining era, Bigges Main, about half a mile outside Wallsend was a pretty peaceful village with its own village school, chapel and country inn. The village was accessed by a dirt road half way along the Coast Road from West St to Wills cigarette factory until it's demolition around the mid fifties. The local pub was called The Mason's Arms and..."
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