The Ouseburn Valley
Recognised as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution on Tyneside, the Ouseburn Valley Development is now a vibrant place to live, work and play with a strong sense of community and an infectious enthusiasm. Thanks to imaginative, culture-driven regeneration projects, the Valley is home to artists, musicians, a myriad of creative businesses and several of the region’s top visitor attractions.
This steep Valley was once crossed by Hadrian’s Wall when built in AD122. In the 1400’s, water-powered mills were established on the fast flowing Ouseburn river, and the Valley’s life as place of work began.
Today, the river is spanned by several bridges and dominated by a number of historic warehouses and mills that have been reinvented as a home for many new businesses.
Back In Time
The Maling Pottery founded in 1762, relocated to the east bank of the Ouseburn in 1817. Much success followed, and whilst the company produced utilitarian jars and bottles for manufacturers of goods as diverse as marmalades, ointments and printing ink, the quality of Maling’s highly gilded and lustred pieces was such that it was sold in stores as prestigious as Harrods.
Evidence of Newcastle’s historic coal trade can be seen and experienced at the Victoria Tunnel, a subterranean waggon way built in 1839, that runs over 2 miles from the Ouseburn and under Newcastle to the former site of a large colliery.