Friday, 18 June 2010

The Keelmen's Hospital

The keelmen ( boatmen on the River Tyne) of Newcastle upon Tyne formed a charitable foundation for sick and aged keelmen and their families, and by contributing one penny a tide from the wages of each keel’s crew they were able to build  the Keelmen’s Hospital which was completed in 1701 at a cost of £2,000; the building was used until recently as accommodation for students at Northumbria University.

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