Description: Main Dike Stone
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 304331
OS Grid Reference: NZ2503168276
OS Grid Coordinates: 425031, 568276
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0084, -1.6101
NZ 26 NE GOSFORTH AIDAN WALK (east end)
9/11 Main Dike stone.
Marker stone. Sandstone ashlar. Circa 1828. Round-topped slab about 1½ metres high inscribed on east MAIN/DIKE/distance/from Pit/349 yards/ Cut 3 June/1828. On rear MAIN/DIKE.
Historical note: the main or 90 fathom dike was a serious obstacle to coalmining
in Northumberland. An underground ball was held to commemorate this event; each
guest hewed a souvenir piece of coal. Source: R. Welford History of the Parish
of Gosforth, Newcastle 1879 (reprint 1975 p. 48).
Listing NGR: NZ2503168276
Source: English Heritage
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