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The Great Flood of 1771

Wednesday 22 November 2023 7.30pm, St George’s United Reformed Church

In November 1771, a sudden thaw in Upper Teesdale combined with heavy rain closer to home caused huge damage in the Tyne valley. Most famously the old Tyne Bridge in Newcastle was destroyed. 352 years to the week, our November speaker will tell us more about this calamitous event and its aftermath and put it into context by examining 1000 years of extreme weather patterns on Tyneside. It should be a fascinating and timely talk.

‘Newcastle upon Tyne from Gateshead, the Great Flood, AD 1771’ by Robert John Scott Bertram (1871-1953), Laing Art Gallery

Our Speaker

Gordon Scorer has wide ranging historical interests. His main interest is in industrial archaeology, especially that of north-east England.  Gordon has participated in geophysical surveys of Hadrian’s Wall. He was a founder member of Friends of Beamish and used to be actively involved with both Whickham and Acomb local history societies.

Our Venue

This talk will take place at St George’s United Reformed Church on Newton Road, High Heaton NE7 7HP. It is on the corner with Boundary Gardens, the same block as Heaton Stannington’s football ground, Grounsell Park.

There are excellent public transport links including the numbers 18, 38, 52 and 553, which stop right by the church.

There is car parking on the surrounding streets. 

Booking The talk is free to members and cost £2.50 for non-members. Open for bookings. Reserve your place by contacting Maria on or 07443 594154



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