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[Note 054.1] Clapham's "long chimley" - was completed in 1833.

[Note 054.2] "Losh's big chimley at Walker" - In 1807, the Loshes opened an alkali works at Walker. In 1809 the firm of Losh, Wilson & Bell founded an ironworks at Walker, beside the alkali works. By 1818, George Stephenson's original wooden wagonway at Killingworth was completely relaid with cast-iron edge-rails made in collaboration between Stephenson, who owned the patent, and Losh, Wilson and Bell. Around 1821, George Stephenson was briefly a partner in the Walker Ironworks.

[Note 054.3] "To talk of your fine foreign pillars" - is possibly a reference to the statue of Earl Grey. The foundation stone was laid in September 1837 and the statue placed in position in August 1838.

[Note 054.4] "But now we've got sixpenny steamers" - steamers began carrying passengers on the Tyne in 1818
[Ref: Lewenhak, Sheila. Steamships and Shipbuilders of the Industrial Revolution]

[Note 054.5] "There's nothing gans now but a hyke in the new omnibus" - May be a reference to the Steam coach discussed in by Joshua Richardson in his Observation on the Proposed Railway from Newcastle Upon Tyne to North Shields published in 1834

"When the choice is between paying one shilling and sixpence to go from Newcastle to Shields by a gig or coach in an hour and a quarter or half, and paying sixpence to go from Newcastle to Shields by a steam coach in the same space of time that a tradesman is occupied in walking from his house in the suburbs to his office in the middle or lower part of the town, it is not difficult to anticipate how the public will decide. This observation is applicable with equal or greater force to Steam Packets.
When it is known that sixpence is the fare by the Steamer, which will be an hour and a half in performing the journey, and may be two, or even three hours, and sixpence is the fare by the Steam Coach, which will certainly not be more than twenty minutes on the way, it is quite clear how the community will make their election. If this is obvious in the most favourable weather, it is still more evident in stormy, wet, and cold weather. The only competition to fear would be another Railway, and even then, as appears from the number of passengers, the proprietors could have no reason to apprehend that they would receive less than sufficient to pay good interest for the capital invested."

William Rouse was granted a publican's license for the Steam Coach Inn at Newcastle in June 1839 and 1840. He was granted a license for the Steam Carriage Inn on the corner of Perkins and King Street, Newcastle in 1841, 1842

See also bar564 ~ Newcastle and North Shields Railway and bar273 ~ Newcastle and Shields Railway.

[Note 054.6] The "drops" carried the railways to river's edge and cut out the need for the keel boats that had previously carried coal to the ships. The drop illustrated below was on the river Wear at Sunderland. The railway lines can be seen crossing the pier and a in the foreground a coal truck.


From A series of views of the collieries in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham by Thomas Hair, Published 1844

[Note 054.7] "And this is a' duin by one Grainger - a perfect Goliah [sic] in bricks" - Grainger Market opened in October 1835. [] so this is the earliest date for the song.

[Note 054.8] "Then horses will live without working and never more trot in a team / And instead of carrying their maisters, they'll get carried themselves by steam" - Early lines that ran a mixture of steam-powered and horse-powered trains would rest a horse by means of a Horse Dandy like this one.

[Note 054.9] "In sculler-boats not very lang syne, the Shields folks cross'd ower the Tyne / But now we have got a big steamer, and cuts quite a wonderful shine" - The ferry run by the North and South Shields Ferry Company began service in 1829. See also bar647 ~ Steam Ferry

[Note 054.10] “And one that we’ve got doon at Scotland delights a’ the folks with a ride” is probably a reference to steamers plying to Leith near Edinburgh. Below is the lower half of a poster advertising steamers from Newcastle to Leith.




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