Until the River Ceases to Flow

The River Derwent lies in the heart of the Derwent valley, tracing the border of the counties of Northumberland and Durham. Like most river valleys, it has a few small villages along its length, built up by a diverse range of industry and our need of fresh water. DAA Membership Secretary Ian Colborne looks at how the river itself, with its fast flowing water and millstone grit on its riverbed, has always played the single most important role in the growth in population in this area.

Part one
Part two

The old iron bridge, Shotley Bridge