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dunston staithes Gateshead

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  1. Sam Wilson

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25390335


    Great place to explore, been no access for years but on a weekend you can get access
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    Dunston is particularly known for its wooden staithes, first opened in 1893 as a structure for loading coal from the North Durham coalfield onto ships. In the 1920s 140,000 tons of coal per week were loaded from the staithes, and they continued to be used until the 1970s. Their use gradually declined with the contraction of the coal industry, and they were finally closed and partially dismantled in 1980.
     
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    New housing going up at the moment so Sunday is a good day as no builders around
     
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