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Ouseburn and Barrage
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Location of mouth within Tyne and Wear
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County Tyne and Wear
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River Tyne
54°58′15″N1°35′18″W / 54.9708°N 1.5883°W / 54.9708; -1.5883 Coordinates: 54°58′15″N1°35′18″W / 54.9708°N 1.5883°W / 54.9708; -1.5883

The Ouseburn is a small river in Tyne and Wear, England that flows through the city of Newcastle upon Tyne into the River Tyne. It gives its name to the Ouseburn electoral ward.


The Ouseburn has its source at Callerton in the north of the city near Newcastle Airport. It then flows through the Kingston Park area of the city, Newcastle Great Park, Gosforth Park and Whitebridge Park. The Ouseburn then continues through Paddy Freeman's Park in South Gosforth and into Jesmond Dene, Armstrong Park and Heaton Park, where it marks the boundary between Heaton and Sandyford. The river then flows through a culvert before re-emerging under Ouseburn railway viaduct, whence it flows past the City Farm, Seven Stories and the Toffee Factory and meets the River Tyne.

The river was previously tidal from the Viaduct, revealing dark mud at low tide. However, since 2009 a tidal barrage at the river mouth retains high water in the Ouseburn at low tide, with the objective of providing a more pleasant environment alongside its banks at low tide, thus promoting development. Despite the expense of its construction, the Ouseburn barrage has had operational problems and was left open for a length of time while they were corrected. [1] [2]

The lower Ouseburn Valley, whilst heavily industrialised in the past, serves as of 2013 as a hub for the arts and creative industries, and has a lively pub scene, [3] noted for live music and real ale.

In Roman times the lower Ouseburn Valley was crossed by Hadrian's Wall, but there are now no visible traces to be seen. On the eastern side of the valley, at the eastern end of a new block of flats, there is an information board [4] with an artist's impression of the Wall crossing the valley. This section of the Wall was the later extension from the Roman fort of Pons Aelius (Newcastle) to that of Segedunum (Wallsend). This newer section of the Wall was not backed by the Vallum ditch, because the River Tyne rendered it superfluous.

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  1. "£4.7m Ouseburn Barrage turned off since 2010". Evening Chronicle. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. "Former MP joins the criticism over unused Ouseburn Barrage". The Journal. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jun/08/lets-move-to-ouseburn-newcastle-upon-tynes-shoreditch-creative
  4. http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/ouseburn-flats-mark-hadrians-wall-8121820