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Original Text (Annotation: EAW033924 / 754561)

' This expanse of derelict looking land from the riverside to close to Glen St houses including a reservoir used to be the Tharsis Sulpher & Copper Works. They started here in Hebburn in the 1860s. Kids were soon attracted to the reservoir which I remember personally as we used to catch sticklebacks in it. We were very wary of its danger because the sides were brick & sloped steeply into the depths. A couple of children living in the Newtown drowned in it in the early 1900s & in about 1950 ish a lad that I knew called Colqhoun fell in & drowned, '