Guyzance Weir
Waterfall Guyzance Northumberland

Guyzance Weir

Waterfall In Guyzance, Northumberland

A weir in the River Coquet which powered a nearby water mill, but was also the scene of a wartime tragedy.

While visiting Brainshaugh Priory we didn't realise at the time there was also a weir sitting just around the corner on the River Coquet. The Guyzance Weir was built in 1775 in order to provide water for the Park Mill ironworks.

It measures nearly 52m across with a drop or around 2.5m.

Tragedy struck on 17 January 1945, when ten soldiers lost their lives during a military exercise at Guyzance, along the River Coquet. The river, swollen with floodwaters, carried their boat over the weir, causing it to capsize.

Unfortunately, the young men, all aged 18, were unable to escape the turbulent waters, weighed down by their full combat gear.

There is a memorial to them just above the weir.

There is also another smaller, sloped weir just further up the river which would have powered the Guyzance Mill.

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Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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