West Moor


West Moor (sometimes "Westmoor") in North Tyneside is a suburb, located about 4 miles north of the centre of Newcastle. West Moor is immediately south of Killingworth, west of Forest Hall, north of Longbenton and east of Gosforth Park. West Moor developed as a colliery village in the early 19th century, when the West Moor pit of Killingworth Colliery was established, on what was then the open land of Killingworth Moor. George Stephenson started work as a brakeman at the colliery here in 1804; for many years he lived in Dial Cottage, on the Great Lime Road in West Moor. The George Stephenson Inn on the Great Lime Road is named after him. Some of the mid-19th century terraced housing associated with West Moor Pit were demolished in the 1960s for the development of Killingworth New Town.[1,2,3] The site of the colliery iteslf, was used for Killingworth Lake. At the north side of today's West Moor is the George Stephenson Industrial Estate and Westmoor Primary School. To the east side, on Benton Lane, is the West Moor Community Centre (built on the site of the former George Stephenson Grammar School) and the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

West Moor (also sometimes written as "Westmoor") is a small place in Tyne and Wear, UK.

West Moor began as a colliery village around the beginning of the 19th century. It was so-called because it lies to the west of the ancient Killingworth Moor, which has now disappeared under development. It was at the colliery here in 1804 that George Stephenson started work as a brakeman. Rather than a village, West Moor might nowadays best be described as a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne; it is close to Killingworth, Forest Hall, Longbenton and Gosforth Park.

West Moor contains a primary school – its middle school was closed down in 2000 – several shops and a pub, the George Stephenson Inn. Trains on the East Coast Main Line run through West Moor over a railway bridge.

Places of interest

George Stephenson's Dial Cottage

George Stephenson became an assistant to his father and later followed in his footsteps to become the engineman at Killingworth colliery. It was there that Stephenson developed one of the earliest locomotives, called the Blücher, which ran on the Killingworth colliery railway in 1814. It was capable of pulling 30 tons up a grade at 4 miles per hour. He also convinced the mine manager to experiment with steam locomotion, and over the next several years Stephenson had built a further 16 engines at Killingworth.

While developing the Blücher, Stephenson lived in "Dial Cottage", which still stands on the Great Lime Road in West Moor, south of Killingworth. When George moved in the cottage consisted of one room and a garret reached by a ladder. By the time he left he had extended and converted the premises to become a comfortable four-roomed house. The cottage has a sundial, made by Stephenson himself, and a plaque above the door which reads

 

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Killingworth West Moor Colliery

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West Moor Methodist Church

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Moorside, West Moor

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West Moor Social Club

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View from a Newcastle-Edinburgh train - Great Lime Road, West Moor

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The 'George Stephenson' Public House

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Train at a Level Crossing, North Tyneside

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Approaching the main roundabout, West Moor

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The Railway Bridge over Great Lime Road, Westmoor

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Stephenson Industrial Estate

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Benton Lane

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Westmoor and District Social Club

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Traditional Terraces

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Gang Hut

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Killingworth
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- Overview History Map Street View Killingworth Village Killingworth Colliery Killingworth Waggonway Dial Cottage Killingworth Lake St John's Church Killingworth New Town Killingworth Towers Research Station GS High School Medieval According ...
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Tyne and Wear HER(1082): Killingworth Colliery, West Moor Pit
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Tyne and Wear HER(16217): West Moor, Crank Row
- "Terraced housing shown on the First Edition Ordnance Survey Plan 1861 associated with West Moor Pit, Killingworth Colliery (HER1082). Demolished 1960s to make way for the construction of Killingworth new ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(16219): West Moor, Long Row
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Tyne and Wear HER(16220): West Moor, Cross Row
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Stephenson Industrial Estate

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Motor Port, Great Lime Road, Killingworth

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Westmoor Middle School (closed)
- The school closed: 31/08/2000. Location: Benton Lane, West Moor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE12 7PT.

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