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Thu, 02 Sept


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

'A People's History of Gibside' - Book Launch

Local writer Val Scully has spent ten years researching the history of the Gibside estate, at the heart of the Land of Oak & Iron.

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'A People's History of Gibside' - Book Launch
'A People's History of Gibside' - Book Launch

Time & Location

02 Sept 2021, 18:30 – 20:00

Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, A694, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6RU, UK


About the Event

Gibside is a lasting testament to hard graft: the miners who gouged the coal out of the ground, the workmen who moved huge weights of earth, the carpenters, stonemasons, gardeners, servants, the men and women, the skilled and the unskilled.

This book is about them, but it’s also about the history of the Derwent Valley and all the settlements around the edges of Gibside. It’s about the way the geology shaped our history.

The story of Gibside is a very human one, and part of the collective memory of the people who grew up in the area, for whom the derelict and overgrown estate was an adventure playground, a spooky ruin, a place of thrilling danger from falling masonry, abandoned mines and huntsmen’s guns. 

What happened between the death of the last Bowes owner in 1885, and the coming of the National Trust almost a hundred years later? At the Land of Oak & Iron, Scully will guide you through this fascinating history of Gibside.

For more detailed information about the book visit:

Ticket price £12.50

No need for tea - your ticket includes nibbles and a glass of wine.

Booking essential

please note, you may need to share a table with other guests

Photograph copyright and thanks to Digi-Fin.


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