Waterfall, Jesmond Dene December 2010
© Judith Anne Tomlinson 2010
Jesmond Dene last week. 'Dene' is a word here describing a narrow valley running back from the euphonmous River Tyne as it passes through Newcastle. 'Tyne', confusingly, was an Anglo-Saxon word meaning river. (River River?) The Dene at Jesmond is a large Public Park and subject to recent restoration work. More on that some other time, but, suffice to say it is one of the better legacies of billionaire arms salesman Lord Armstrong, one of those self made Victorian magnates that inspired a thousand novels, and now televison series, on the rags to riches theme.