By Alan Clothier
The sector coated by means of this publication is principally that of the 5 waggonways providing coal to their staiths at the River Tyne at Lemington from collieries at Wylam, Heddon, Throckley, Walbottle, Hollywell and Black Callerton. the most aim has been to put the early wood waggonways totally within the context in their goal and utilization in the mining and maintains with their improvement and the arriving of railways as much as the loss of life of the coal in that district. there's a extra particular perception into the multifarious actions of Colliery audience whose paintings it truly is felt has no longer continuously got the eye which it merits. for far of this option, the writer is indebted to the splendidly certain paintings diaries of William Oliver held via the North of britain Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. the outlet date for the Wylam Waggonway has lengthy escaped the awareness of historians and plenty of recognized writers have had it flawed; the writer is happy that his researches have no less than narrowed it all the way down to the yr during which this occasion happened. A word list of phrases utilized in the mining is additionally incorporated in addition to a number of plans and a Chronological directory of occasions. no matter what a reader’s pursuits are, they're wanted as a lot excitement in following up their leads because the writer has derived from accumulating his.
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