Looking Back at Howdon Panns
The largely unoccupied land around the Tyne Tunnels once held the busy little village of Howdon Panns.
A large part of the village was destroyed in the 1860s and now the community ceases to exist.
The village took its name from the practice of boiling river water to extract salt, using the cheap coal found in the area.
Howdon Panns was producing almost one hundred tons per year at its height.
In the foreground are some of the older buildings.
To the left is the Black Bull Inn, and on the far side of Dock Street is the one time mansion house of Lionel Robson.
The white cottages are all that remained of Globe Terrace after the reclamation of the low lying area.
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