Book published on the history of the Pow Burn

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A new book has been published that looks at the growth of North Shields and industry in the town thanks to the Pow Burn.

The Pow Burn was once an important tributary of the River Tyne and through unique photographs, maps and illustrations, the author of a new book tells the story of how it played its part in the history of North Shields.

‘The Pow Burn, North Shields’ describes the beginning and growth of North Shields and the industry around the Low Lights due to the fact that the Pow Burn, now mostly forgotten, created a harbour, sheltered valley and provided fresh water to allow habitation and industry to flourish two hundred and fifty years ago.

Also included in the book are chapters on Tanners Bank, Spital Dene, Northumberland Park, the Whitley Waggonway and Blyth & Tyne Railway, as well as the fascinating story of St Leonard’s Hospital. Recently an archaeological dig has unearthed the walls, floor, graves and bones from the former medieval hospital.

North Shields born author Mike Coates has previously written the ‘The Story of Northumberland Park’.

The Pow Burn is on sale now at Keel Row Bookshop and I Love Office Supplies in North Shields, local libraries and from www.summerhillbooks.co.uk