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Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandJesmond Dene is a public park in a small, steep-sided wooded valley in Newcastle upon Tyne. The industrialist William George Armstrong (later Lord Armstrong) and his wife, Margaret, first created a private park in the valley in the mid-19th century. The northern boundary of the park has been gradually extended since to the north, and now covers an area of around 18 hectares.

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Parks for the People of the 'Coaly Tyne'

As in many large towns and cities, the history of Newcastle upon Tyne’s public parks is closely linked to its industrial history. Newcastle’s public parks are particularly linked to the history of coal mining and the industries that developed as a direct or indirect result of the mining industry. The city’s historic parks also remain as windows on past landscapes of wooded valleys, pastures, and the parks designed to show off the wealth of the 18th century coal barons.

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