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The River

The Environmental Issue


The Coal Industry

The Woollen industry: A History Mystery








Rocks and Soils


Cross Curricular


Clay Industry


Along with coal, clay is found in the South Tyne pits. This formed the basis for a flourishing industry during the 1800s with large brick and tile works on either bank. Clay was draw out of the pits and along the wagon-way by ponies. The bricks can be seen in many Haltwhistle houses of the period.  

One of the workers in these factories was a Mr. William Reay who left to found his own pottery in Bardon Mill., The Errington Reay Pottery which is still  making salt glazed pots today.

The remains of a brick and sewage pipe works can still be seen on The Burn.


Curriculum Links

How we used to live

Rocks and soils

Changing materials

Art- ceramic work



Time line of the industry

Artist’s impression of South Tyne Brick and Tile Works 1860 by Vic Fleming

Census data

Historic maps