Derwenthaugh Staithes

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    "Derwenthaugh Staithes (a Geordie dialect word, pronounced 'steeths') is now part of a jetty for Derwenthaugh Marina. It is still early in the season but the number of boats here (none) may imply that the marina is not a very popular berth. This had been an important coal handling and shipping point since the mid C18th. The remains are part of the C19th staithes used by the Consett Iron Company who opened the colliery at Chopwell and transported coal along the Garesfield and Chopwell Railway. Second only to the staithes at Dunston LinkExternal link at peak they had frontage of 340m on the Tyne and 250m on the Derwent, with room for 50 Keel boats at a time, and a handling capacity of 6000 tons. The staithes were taken over by the National Coal Board in 1947 and went out of use in 1960 having served the collieries and coke ovens at Chopwell, Garesfield, Clockburn Drift (Marley Hill) and the Derwenthaugh Coke Works LinkExternal link which closed in 1985. The Scotswood road bridge is in the distance." Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2012, and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
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    What does this mean? Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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