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The Ouseburn at Jesmond Dene
Ouseburn is located in Tyne and Wear
 Ouseburn shown within Tyne and Wear
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Tyne and Wear

The Ouseburn, a river in northern England, flows through 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' 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 Byker Bridge, whence it flows past Byker Farm and meets the River Tyne.

The river was previously tidal from roughly below Byker Bridge, 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 been left open and not functioning since 2010.[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, noted for live music and real ale.

See also

External links

  • Newcastle Council Ward Info: Ouseburn
  • Ouseburn Trust
  • Victoria Tunnel


  1. ^ "£4.7m Ouseburn Barrage turned off since 2010 " published in the Evening Chronicle 20th July 2012 and retrieved 2d June 2014 from
  2. ^ "Former MP joins the criticism over unused Ouseburn Barrage " published in The Journal 28th July 2012 and retrieved 2nd June 2014 from
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