Throckley


Throckley

Throckley is a village, located approximately 5km west of Newcastle upon Tyne, in North East England. Hadrian's Wall passes through the village, its course traced by the village's main road, Hexham Road.

Throckley was a colliery village, being adjacent to Throckley Colliery; although with the decline in the coal-mining industry the village is becoming gentrified like many of its kind.

One of Throckley's more famous residents was William Brown, who was a consulting engineer in the 18th century, and part owner of Throckley Colliery at the time, responsible for the construction of many colliery waggonways throughout the North East of England.

Throckley also celebrates an international culture with the provision of the Throckley Chop Suey House, an oriental food emporium. Throckley also offers a supermarket, tattoo parlour, car shop, a range of hair salons, pubs, parks, an older persons' home, two churches, a solarium, butcher, funeral parlour, working men's clubs, an optomerist, medical surgery, a range of newsagents, a chemist, and two schools. Throckley's economy is also boosted with the presence of an industrial estate which is home to Throckley Brickworks and Warmseal Windows, to name two of its many businesses.

Geology and hydrology

The throckley area has been studied with respect to its geology, especially with regard to the Whin Sill formation. (Dunham, 1981)(Makhous, 2005) The Romans exploited the geology of the Whin Sill formation by locating Hadrian's Wall atop the formation and utilising stone from the formation to construct much of the wall. (Hogan, 2007) The term "sill" refers to a tabular mass of igneous rock which intrudes within otherwise sedimentary geological formations.

Sightseeing & Scenery

Throckley itself, especially the Bank Top area, offers some spectacular views over the Tyne Valley, and looking west, to the distant Pennines. "The Guardian" featured Throckley in the top fifty walks guide for 2007. To view the walk's route information, click [http://www.guardian.co.uk/gowalk here] . The walk's ID number is 442.

Public Transport

References

*Dunham, A.C. & V.E.H. Strasser-King (1981) "Petrology of the Great Whin Sill in the Throckley Borehole, Northumberland", Inst. Geol. Sci. Rep. 81-4; 32 pp.

* Monzer Makhous (2005) "Basin Analysis and Modeling of the Burial, Thermal and Maturation Histories", Editions TECHNIPSedimentary basins, 400 pages ISBN 2710808463

* [http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=18177] Hogan, C.Michael (2007) "Hadrian's Wall", ed. A. Burnham, The Megalithic Portal

* cite web|accessdate=February 4|accessyear=2005
url=http://www.dmm.org.uk/colliery/t015.htm
title=Throckley Colliery
work=Durham Mining Museum

* cite web|accessdate=February 4|accessyear=2005
url=http://www.tynedaleheritage.org/%20PdfWordDocs/WhereRailwaysWereBorn.PDF
title=Where Railways Were Born
work=Philip.R.B.Brooks, ISBN 0-9504646-2-7


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