08 - Bottle Bank 1830
Description‘Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson Of Darlington c.1890 ‘The coach which ran between Sunderland & Newcastle before the High Level Bridge was opened was one day descending the very steep hill paved with cobblestones known as Bottle Bank leading down to the old bridge on the Gateshead side of the river when the coachman was surprised to see one of his fore-wheels merrily descending the hill in front of him, fortunately several people standing near hurried up to the coach & supported it before it toppled over thus averting what would otherwise no doubt have been a most serious accident, as the coach was very heavily laden at the time & the road was like a house side. No doubt however the horses would only be going at a walk at the time & the drag would be on in addition to which the fore-wheels of a coach were very small, though if it had been going at a trot nothing could have saved it from perdition. The coach man who was driving the coach at the time related the story to a friend of S.T.R.’s & had no doubt of its accuracy incredible as it seems’.
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