18th Century

Great Names on the Tyne
In the 18th century, Newcastle was the greatest industrial city in England if not the World.

The area’s notable Families at that time being, Blackett, Anderson, Clayton, Ridley, Grey, Eldon, Armstrong, Parsons, Stephenson, Palmer, and Grainger.Robert

Growth began in the mid 18th Century. Many of the old buildings were removed. Dean Street (The Lort Burn), which moored boats as far upstream as ‘High Bridge’ was growing rapidly.

Merchants moved businesses and dwellings into the new developments in Grainger’s new developments in the Town.

Steam engine development saw pioneers George and Robert Stephenson develop and build in their Newcastle factory ‘The Rocket’. It was the most successful railway engine of its day.


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