We stop off at the old ‘industrial’ section of the River Tyne.
Starting our pictorial journey at the Scotswood Bridge, we take in ships, shipyards, boats and factories, capturing the hustle and bustle of the river as it flows toward the sea at South Shields.
For centuries the Tyne has been a vital artery, delivering the life blood of trade, industry and employment to the region.
The river is quieter these days, but from the middle of the 19th to the end of the 20th centuries, it was bustling and helped forge Tyneside as an industrial powerhouse.
In future weeks we’ll return to the calmer rural sections of the river.
It is one of Britain’s great waterways.
The Tyne is 200 miles long – excluding estuaries – and is formed by the confluence of the North and South Tyne at a place called “the meeting of the waters” near Hexham.
The North Tyne rises on the Scottish border, north of Kielder Water.
It flows through Kielder Forest, and passes through the village of Bellingham before reaching Hexham.
The South Tyne rises on Alston Moor, Cumbria, and flows through the towns of Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge.
The river then flows from Hexham, through Corbridge and on towards Gateshead and the former industrial heartland of Tyneside, which was home to shipbuilding and heavy engineering dynasties for decades.
Enjoy our selection of pictures lifted from the Sunday Sun and Chronicle archive, and recall the life and times of the old River Tyne.
Source : Chroniclelive