Since 1990 the area was re-branded Royal Quays and redeveloped with housing, a shopping centre, a water park known as Wet n Wild, and other retail outlets.
Hydraulic accumulator tower. Used hydraulic power to open the lock gates. 1882 for Tyne Improvement Commissioners. Engineers Ure and Messent. Rock-faced sanstone with quoins, ashlar plinth coping and dressings. Welsh slate roof. Two high storeys. Partly-glazed door under arch. Similar arches to windows. Pyramidal roof with railed lookout on top and gable above star-patterned panels, said to have contained clock faces. Interior - high quality sandstone ashlar; iron stair to machinery; hydraulic machinery. The only surviving example on the Tyne of hydraulic machinery, first developed at Newcastle by William Armstrong in the 1840s. Grade II Listed. Source: Sitelines.
Albert Edward Dock, locks and lock gates.
Lock walls and gates. 1882 for Tyne Improvement Commissioners by Ure and Messent. Walls sandstone ashlar; iron gates. Four lock walls with curved nosing at entrance to dock; curved recesses for gate machinery. Western lock has two pairs of gates 25m apart. The eastern lock has two pairs only 4m apart. The Coble Dene Dock was renamed after its opening by Prince Albert Edward. Grade II Listed. Source: Sitelines.
- Historic England - Accumulator Tower in Albert Edward Dock
- Historic England - Locks and Lock Gates in Albert Edward Dock
- Sitelines - North Shields, Albert Edward Dock
- Co-Curate - Accumulator Tower, Albert Edward Dock
- Wikipedia - Royal Quays
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