This was once the centre of a large timber yard for the importation of 'pit
props' from Scandinavia.
(Pit props were wooden supports for the underground 'roof' in a coal-mine.)
It starts with a stream .....
... which runs into the lake - with a representation of the coal staithes which loaded coal into the ships
.... then the Cascade finally runs to the river.
Frozen in Winter
"If water were words what would the Tyne say?"
Carved on the wall above the top cascade and underwater in the pool.