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Paddy Freeman’s Park and Wild Jesmond Dene

Our August guided walk has been newly devised by the Ouseburn Park Guides and will be led by Heaton History Group member, Ann Denton, assisted by other park guides.

It will be a chance to find out about the Patrick Freemans, farmers and millers, and the history of Castle Farm and Crag Hall as well as to discover some of the less well known areas of Jesmond Dene.


Places are limited and so this walk is open to Heaton History Group members only in the first instance and booking is essential. Please book your place by contacting / 07443 594154. It will be free to Heaton History Group members and £2 to non members. Booking is open to Heaton History Group members only until Thursday 30 June.

Meet at Paddy Freeman’s Park pond at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24 August. The walk will take 1 and a half to 2hrs. There are some fairly steep gradients and uneven paths on the walk so it may be unsuitable for members with walking difficulties.



  1. I am Patrick Freeman’s (1774-1840) 4th great-great niece. I live in Australia and family history is my hobby. My mother was a Freeman. Her grandfather migrated to Australia from Gateshead in the latter part of the 19 century. I have recently obtained a copy of a Freeman chart, researched and produced by a Grace Elliott, which mentions Patrick and his farms at Heaton & Cambois and Jesmond Dene Mill. Do you have any further information about the Freeman family you can share with me please? Cheers Wendy Lindsay, Mackay Australia.

    • Hi Wendy,

      It’s lovely to hear from you. I suspect you know much more about Patrick Freeman than we do and we would love to hear more and publish an article on our website, if you would like to share the information you have. Your ancestor’s name is familiar to everyone here through the name of a local park and hospital.

      However, I will, of course, circulate your email to a number of people who might be able to help.

      Chris (Secretary, Heaton History Group)My email address is .


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