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Glebe Farm, undated

Name: Glebe Farm

Region: Washington, Tyne & Wear

Date of Origin: 19th Century

Site Type: Farmstead

Condition: Demolished

Status: Land occupied by the Washington Galleries development.

Last Updated: 26/05/2020

Address: 54.901163, -1.530477, in the Galleries car park close to Frankie & Bennys

The Glebe was a  farmstead located on the edge of Washington, between the collieries of Oxclose and Washington and just beyond the old Washington village. It is not entirely sure when it was built, but it is reputed in the 19th century. The farm had a fairly sizeable acreage, managing the area between Oxclose Burn and the fields to the right of the Waggonway. Because of its size, this may be a contributing factor in why the name is still known by the people of Washington to the day. 

The farm grew predominantly crops, but some of the fields were reserved for pastures and animals. The small field below the pond was reserved for pasture as well as larger fields beyond the railway. 

The farm lasted well into the 20th century until the Galleries was quite literally built on top of it. The site is unrecognisable now with modern developments, but the farmstead occupied the car park to the right of the main complex. The biggest legacy of the site is the area in which it resided. The land eastwards that was once pastures is now popularly known as Glebe, with the local park and various clubs all sporting the name. 

Photograph of Glebe Farm with Penshaw Monument in the background. The area looks perfectly serene and idyllic, which would have been most of what is now Washington back then. The cattle shed is to the right as we know from records a field reserved for pasture is behind the main dwelling. 

Photograph from

Glebe Farm, undated


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