Patrick (Paddy) Freeman and his family arrived from Windmills hills, Gateshead in around 1795 to farm in High Heaton but shortly after 1862, following Sir William Armstrong’s enclosure of Jesmond Dene, they moved away.
After 1883, northeast lodge was built to house Dene employees at a time when only fields existed beyond the gates to the park. Newton Road (named after Sir Henry Newton) had recently opened to allow access to Gosforth colliery from Heaton. In 1928 that part of the road along side of the park was renamed Freeman Road.
Paddy Freeman’s lake originated as a duck pond which was attached to their High Heaton farm, situated to the south of the park. The pond was enlarged to its present size and made user- friendly in 1890. There was an island in the lake but this was later removed.
You may have noticed the isolated Ash tree which the lake wraps around at one point in a few of the photos on this page. This is the Chime Tree which is Paddy Freemans Park's answer to the Shoe Tree in nearby Armstrong Park. The picture to the left is of park-keeper Tony (click for biggery) underneath the Chime Tree and he would welcome any donations of old or unwanted wind chimes to add to the tree. This is your chance to contribute to something unique in what is without a doubt Newcastle's best kept park.
If you wish to donate some wind chimes you can catch him in the park most weekdays and if he is not around please leave them at the boat club or the shop around the lake and he will get them when he is. Thanks.
Here's a slideshow of some of the photos that I've taken at Paddy Freemans over the years.
Newcastle City Council - Paddy Freemans Park