Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Dawn Reaches Deep into the Valley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Dawn Reaches Deep into the Valley

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

Eighty years ago Mrs Carr was photographed at the doorway of her home which stood on what is now the village green in Newcastle's Lower Ouseburn Valley.

Now for probably the next 80 years Mrs Carr will look out over the site from the new Ouseburn Farm which has replaced the old Byker City Farm in the valley.

For the picture of Mrs Carr has been incorporated into a new stained glass window at the pounds 1m visitor, environmental and heritage education centre at the farm.

Mrs Carr worked at the flour mill which became 36 Lime Street, a complex of artists' and craft workshops. That is where the creator of the window, glass artist Sue Woolhouse, has been based for the last 17 years.

As part of the window she has also included a picture taken in 1910 of John Grearson, who ran a horse and cart haulage business from Stepney Road in the valley, which played a leading role in the industrialisation of Tyneside and is now a conservation area of great charm and character.

The window, which will be officially unveiled next week, also features Thomas Bewick images of a kingfisher and otter, both of which have returned to the river, and fishes.

Set in a framework of fern fronds, Sue has also used images of weeds, to celebrate the plants as part of the valley greenery, and a 19th Century Ordnance Survey map which shows the river ford on the site.

Sue, who lives in Felling in Gateshead, says: "Mrs Carr's home was apparently the last house left standing on what is now the green.

"The valley must have been a very different place in the Industrial Revolution with two flax mills, which burned down, and a lead works on what is now the site of the farm.

"It has changed very much but I wanted people to think about what had been here and the ordinary people who have lived and worked in this part of the valley. …

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