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Collieries in Northumberland and Durham

Compiled by Brian Pears


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Acomb Colliery
Owners:- Acomb Coal Co Ltd.
Adair's Main Colliery
Opened before 1828.
Addison Colliery, Ryton
Opened before 1870. Closed 22 Feb 1963. Owners:- Stella Coal Co; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ168643, 54° 58' 23" N, 1° 44' 15" W, 5.5 miles [9 Km] W of Newcastle.
Adventure Colliery, West Rainton
Closed Jul 1978. Owners:- Marquis of Londonderry, (c 1900) Rainton Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ315471, 54° 49' 4" N, 1° 30' 35" W, 11 miles [18 Km] SSE of Newcastle.
Alice Drift
Part of Lilley Drift Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ16735942, 54° 55' 45" N, 1° 44' 20" W, 6 miles [10 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Allerdene Shop Pit
See Ravensworth Shop Colliery.
Alma Drift, Grange Villa
Alias:- Twizell Burn - Alma Drift. Opened after 1947. Closed 2 Mar 1955. Owners:- NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ233516, 54° 51' 31" N, 1° 38' 13" W, 7.5 miles [12 Km] S of Newcastle.
Andrews House Colliery
Opened before 1852. Closed Dec 1920. Owners:- John Bowes & Partners. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ205573, 54° 54' 36" N, 1° 40' 49" W, 5 miles [8 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Anna Pit
See Lintz Colliery.
Anne Pit, Low Fell
Opened before 1773.
Annie Pit
Part of Burnhope Colliery.
Arnghyll & Cowley Colliery
See Arnghyll Colliery.
Arnghyll Colliery, nr Copley
Alias:- Arnghyll & Cowley Colliery. Includes:- Cowley DriftBusty Drift. Opened 1947. Closed 5 May 1951. Owners:- NCB.
Ashington Colliery
Owners:- Ashington Coal Co Ltd.
Ashtree Drift
Part of Victoria Garesfield Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1440759397, 54° 55' 44" N, 1° 46' 31" W, 7.5 miles [12 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Ashtree Pit
Opened before 1857. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1475460095, 54° 56' 7" N, 1° 46' 11" W, 7 miles [11 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Axwell Colliery
See Axwell Park Colliery.
Axwell Garesfield Colliery
See Axwell Park Colliery.
Axwell Park Colliery, Swalwell
Alias:- Axwell Garesfield CollieryAxwell Colliery. Opened 1856. Closed 7 Aug 1954. Owners:- Hannington & Co Ltd; (1903) Priestman Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ202618, 54° 57' 1" N, 1° 41' 4" W, 3.5 miles [5 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Ayton Moor Colliery
Opened before 1828.

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Backworth Colliery, Backworth
Alias:- Eccles Colliery. Owners:- Backworth Collieries Ltd. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ304719, 55° 2' 26" N, 1° 31' 27" W, 6 miles [10 Km] NNE of Newcastle.
Baker's Main Colliery
Opened before 1828.
Bankside Pit
Opened before 1862. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1231460019, 54° 56' 5" N, 1° 48' 28" W, 8.5 miles [13 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Barcus Close Colliery, nr Burnopfield
Opened 1932. Closed Apr 1966. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ171578, 54° 54' 52" N, 1° 43' 60" W, 6.5 miles [10 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Barlow Fell Drift
See Barlow Towneley Drift.
Barlow Towneley Drift, Barlow
Alias:- Barlow Fell Drift. Closed Oct 1961. Part of Blaydon Burn Colliery but continued alone after this closed. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ15036068, 54° 56' 26" N, 1° 45' 55" W, 6.5 miles [11 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Barlowfield Drift
Part of Lilley Drift Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ16615958, 54° 55' 50" N, 1° 44' 27" W, 6 miles [10 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Bates Colliery, Blyth
Owners:- Cowpen Coal Co Ltd. Location:- (Sheet 81) NZ304823, 55° 8' 3" N, 1° 31' 23" W, 12 miles [19 Km] NNE of Newcastle.
Beamish Mary Colliery, Beamish
Closed 26 Mar 1966. Owners:- Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ211536, 54° 52' 36" N, 1° 40' 16" W, 7 miles [11 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Beamish Second Colliery, Beamish
Closed 9 Nov 1962. Owners:- Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ221537, 54° 52' 39" N, 1° 39' 20" W, 6.5 miles [10 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Beamish South Moor Colliery
Owners:- Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd.
Bearpark Colliery, Bearpark
Closed Apr 1984. Owners:- Bearpark Coal & Coke Co Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ243434, 54° 47' 5" N, 1° 37' 20" W, 12.5 miles [20 Km] S of Newcastle.
Bedlington Colliery
Owners:- Bedlington Coal Co Ltd.
Bensham Colliery
Opened before 1743.
Benwell Colliery
Opened before 1795.
Bess Pit, Low Fell
Opened before 1773.
Bessie Pit
Part of Burnhope Colliery.
Bessie Pit
Opened 1850s. Closed 3 Nov 1956. Part of Blaydon Burn Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ17076251, 54° 57' 25" N, 1° 44' 0" W, 5 miles [8 Km] W of Newcastle.
Betty Pit, Chopwell
Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1246159520, 54° 55' 48" N, 1° 48' 20" W, 8.5 miles [14 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Bewick Drift
See Lynemouth Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 81) NZ303906, 55° 12' 31" N, 1° 31' 26" W, 16 miles [26 Km] SSE of Alnwick.
Bewicke Main Colliery
Alias:- 'D' Pit. Owners:- Pelaw Main Collieries Ltd. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ254556, 54° 53' 40" N, 1° 36' 14" W, 5 miles [8 Km] S of Newcastle.
Bigge's Main Colliery
Opened before 1828.
Bigge's Pit
Opened before 1841. Part of Willington Colliery.
Bildershaw Colliery, nr West Auckland
Opened after 1947. Closed 16 Oct 1956. Owners:- NCB. Location:- (Sheet 92) NZ195244, 54° 36' 51" N, 1° 41' 53" W, 18.5 miles [30 Km] W of Middlesbrough.
Billingside Drift
Closed Jan 1879. Owners:- Consett Iron Co. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ124532 , 54° 52' 24" N, 1° 48' 24" W, 10.5 miles [17 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Birtley Colliery
Opened before 1780.
Bishop's Close Colliery
Owners:- Weardale Steel, Coal & Coke Co Ltd.
Black Fell Colliery
Opened before 1833.
Black Prince Colliery
Owners:- Weardale Steel, Coal & Coke Co Ltd.
Blackburn Fell Drift, nr Sunniside
Opened Jul 1937. Closed Feb 1979. Owners:- John Bowes & Partners, (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ214573, 54° 54' 36" N, 1° 39' 58" W, 4.5 miles [7 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Blackhall Colliery, Blackhall
Closed Apr 1981. Owners:- Horden Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 93) NZ461396, 54° 44' 57" N, 1° 17' 1" W, 12.5 miles [20 Km] N of Middlesbrough.
Blackhill Colliery
See Tin Mill Colliery.
Blackhill Drift
See Tin Mill Colliery.
Blaydon Burn Colliery, Blaydon Burn
Includes:- Bessie PitMary PitVictoria DriftBarlow Towneley Drift. Opened 1850s. Closed 3 Nov 1956. Owners:- Joseph Cowen & Co Ltd; (1899) Priestman Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ166624, 54° 57' 21" N, 1° 44' 27" W, 5.5 miles [9 Km] W of Newcastle.
Blaydon Main Colliery, Blaydon
Includes:- Hazard PitSpeculation PitMilner Pit. Opened before 1828. Closed Mar 1921. Owners:- G.H.Ramsey, Stella Coal Co Ltd; (1908) Priestman Collieries Ltd. Closed after flooding. There was also a shaft at NZ18176303. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ188632, 54° 57' 47" N, 1° 42' 23" W, 4 miles [7 Km] W of Newcastle.
Bloom Pit
Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1518560441, 54° 56' 18" N, 1° 45' 47" W, 6.5 miles [11 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Blucher Colliery
Owners:- Throckley Coal Co Ltd.
Boldon Colliery, Boldon Colliery
Opened 1869. Closed Aug 1982. Owners:- Harton Coal Co; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ347623, 54° 57' 15" N, 1° 27' 29" W, 6 miles [10 Km] E of Newcastle.
Bowburn Colliery, Bowburn
Closed 22 Jul 1967. Owners:- Dorman, Long & Co Ltd; (1947) NCB. Merged with Tursdale Colliery before 1947. Location:- (Sheet 93) NZ304379, 54° 44' 6" N, 1° 31' 40" W, 16 miles [26 Km] NW of Middlesbrough.
Bowden Close Colliery, Helmington Row
Opened 1845. Closed Jun 1930. Owners:- Pease & Partners Ltd; (1949) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 92) NZ184360, 54° 43' 7" N, 1° 42' 52" W, 17.5 miles [29 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Bradley Colliery
Closed before 1875 ?. Owners:- Consett Iron Co. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ124517, 54° 51' 35" N, 1° 48' 25" W, 11 miles [18 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Bradley Drift, Leadgate
Opened after 1947. Closed 25 Sep 1966. Owners:- NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ118528, 54° 52' 11" N, 1° 48' 58" W, 11 miles [17 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Brancepeth Colliery, Willington
Closed 22 Jul 1967. Owners:- Strakers & Love Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 93) NZ205357, 54° 42' 57" N, 1° 40' 54" W, 17.5 miles [28 Km] S of Newcastle.
Brandling Main Colliery
Opened before 1828.
Brandon 'C' Colliery, Brandon
Closed 15 Mar 1968. Owners:- Strakers & Love Ltd; (1947) NCB. Merged with Brandon Pit House Colliery20 Aug 1960. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ245400, 54° 45' 15" N, 1° 37' 9" W, 14.5 miles [24 Km] S of Newcastle.
Brandon Colliery
Owners:- Strakers & Love Ltd.
Brandon Pit House Colliery, Meadowfield
Closed 15 Mar 1968. Owners:- Strakers & Love Ltd; (1947) NCB. Merged with Brandon 'C' Colliery 20 Aug 1960. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ215404, 54° 45' 29" N, 1° 39' 57" W, 14.5 miles [24 Km] S of Newcastle.
Brass Thill Drift
See West Lintz Drift.
Breckenbeds Colliery, Low Fell
Opened 1730s.
Brenkley Colliery, Seaton Burn
Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ223743, 55° 3' 45" N, 1° 39' 3" W, 7 miles [11 Km] NNW of Newcastle.
Broomhill Colliery
Owners:- Broomhill Collieries Ltd.
Brooms Drift
Closed 1883. Owners:- Consett Iron Co. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ138414 , 54° 46' 2" N, 1° 47' 8" W, 15.5 miles [25 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Brussleton Colliery, nr West Auckland
Closed May 1968. Location:- (Sheet 93) NZ207249, 54° 37' 7" N, 1° 40' 46" W, 18 miles [29 Km] W of Middlesbrough.
Burdon Main Colliery, nr North Shields
Opened before 1835.
Burnhope Colliery, Burnhope
Includes:- Annie PitBessie Pit. Closed 22 Jul 1949. Owners:- U.A. Ritson & Sons Ltd; Bearpark Coal & Coke Co Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ191482, 54° 49' 41" N, 1° 42' 10" W, 10.5 miles [17 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Burnopfield Colliery, Burnopfield
Opened before 1844. Closed 9 Aug 1968. Owners:- John Bowes & Partners, (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ173562, 54° 54' 1" N, 1° 43' 49" W, 7 miles [11 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Burradon Colliery
Owners:- Hazlerigg & Burradon Coal Co Ltd.
Busty Drift
Opened 1947. Closed 5 May 1951. Owners:- NCB. Part of Arnghyll Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 92) NZ072243, 54° 36' 49" N, 1° 53' 19" W, 26 miles [42 Km] W of Middlesbrough.
Bute Pit
Opened 11 Sep 1869. Part of Garesfield Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1393459896, 54° 56' 0" N, 1° 46' 57" W, 7.5 miles [12 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Byermoor Colliery, Byermoor
Opened 1860. Closed 2 Feb 1968. Owners:- John Bowes & Partners, (1947) NCB. Replaced Crookbank Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ187573, 54° 54' 36" N, 1° 42' 30" W, 5.5 miles [9 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Byron Colliery, Edmondsley
Opened before 1857.

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Cambois Colliery
Owners:- Cowpen Coal Co Ltd.
Caroline Colliery
Owners:- W. Benson & Son Ltd.
Caroline Pit
Part of Eppleton Colliery.
Castle Eden Colliery
Closed Feb 1959.
Catherine Pit, Chopwell
Opened before 1857. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1266359174, 54° 55' 37" N, 1° 48' 9" W, 8.5 miles [13 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Causey Mill Drift, nr Stanley
Closed Jan 1955. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ223533, 54° 52' 26" N, 1° 39' 9" W, 6.5 miles [11 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Centre Pit, Low Fell
Opened before 1773.
Charlaw Colliery, Sacriston
Includes:- Charlaw PitFive-Quarter DriftMain Coal Drift. Opened c1839. Closed 1884. Owners:- Charlaw & Sacriston Collieries Co Ltd.
Charlaw Pit, Sacriston
Opened 1733. Abandoned but re-opened c 1839 as Charlaw Colliery.
Charles Pit, Lumley
Opened before 1827.
Chaytor's Haugh Colliery
Opened before 1756. On River Wear.
Chester South Moor Colliery, Chester Moor
Closed Oct 1967. Owners:- Priestman Collieries Ltd. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ268494, 54° 50' 19" N, 1° 34' 58" W, 9 miles [14 Km] S of Newcastle.
Chilton Colliery, Chilton Buildings
Closed 15 Jan 1966. Owners:- Henry Stobart & Co Ltd; (1924) Pease & Partners Ltd; (1934) Dorman, Long & Co Ltd; (1947) NCB. Closed May 1930, re-opened Jul 1934 Merged with Dean & Chapter Colliery 28 May 1960. Location:- (Sheet 93) NZ278308, 54° 40' 17" N, 1° 34' 8" W, 15 miles [24 Km] WNW of Middlesbrough.
Chopriden Colliery, Gateshead
Opened before 1645.
Chopwell Colliery
Includes:- Chopwell No 1 PitChopwell No 2 PitChopwell No 3 PitWhittonstall DriftEast DriftHutton DriftWest Drift. Opened 1896. Closed 25 Nov 1966. Owners:- Consett Iron Co Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ114586, 54° 55' 19" N, 1° 49' 20" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell Mill Staple, Chopwell
Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ117578, 54° 54' 53" N, 1° 49' 3" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell No 1 Pit
Opened 1896. Part of Chopwell Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ11545851, 54° 55' 16" N, 1° 49' 12" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell No 2 Pit
Opened 1906. Part of Chopwell Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ11425858, 54° 55' 18" N, 1° 49' 18" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell No 3 Pit
Opened 1909. Part of Chopwell Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1050658560, 54° 55' 18" N, 1° 50' 10" W, 9.5 miles [16 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell North Terrace Drift, Chopwell
Opened 1920. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ11695859, 54° 55' 18" N, 1° 49' 3" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Chopwell North Terrace Drift, Chopwell
Opened 1924. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ11595861, 54° 55' 19" N, 1° 49' 9" W, 9 miles [15 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Clara Vale Colliery, Clara Vale
Opened Jul 1893. Closed 5 Feb 1966. Owners:- Stella Coal Co; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ132651, 54° 58' 49" N, 1° 47' 37" W, 7.5 miles [12 Km] W of Newcastle.
Clinty Drift
Part of Garesfield Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ13136007, 54° 56' 6" N, 1° 47' 42" W, 8 miles [13 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Clockburn Drift, Winlaton Mill
Opened 1952. Closed Mar 1983. Owners:- NCB. Not a working drift - just used for drawing coals from the workings of Marley Hill Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ186604, 54° 56' 16" N, 1° 42' 35" W, 4.5 miles [7 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Cocken Drift, Cocken
Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ283472, 54° 49' 8" N, 1° 33' 34" W, 10.5 miles [17 Km] S of Newcastle.
Collingwood Main Colliery
Opened before 1813.
Conclusion Pit, Chopwell
Opened 1799. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ119593, 54° 55' 41" N, 1° 48' 51" W, 9 miles [14 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Conduit Pit, High St, Gateshead
Opened before 1748.
Consett Colliery
See Tin Mill Colliery.
Coronation Drift
Part of Victoria Garesfield Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ1428458194, 54° 55' 5" N, 1° 46' 38" W, 7.5 miles [12 Km] WSW of Newcastle.
Coronation Colliery
Owners:- Throckley Coal Co Ltd.
Coronation Drift, Sacriston
Alias:- Shield Row Coronation Drift. Opened 1937. Closed c 1940. Owners:- Charlaw & Sacriston Collieries Co Ltd. Part of Sacriston Colliery.
Cowley Drift
Opened 1947. Closed 5 May 1951. Owners:- NCB. Part of Arnghyll Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 92) NZ067245, 54° 36' 56" N, 1° 53' 46" W, 26.5 miles [43 Km] W of Middlesbrough.
Cowpen Isabella Colliery
Owners:- Cowpen Coal Co Ltd.
Cowpen Mill Colliery
Owners:- Cowpen Coal Co Ltd.
Coxlodge Colliery
Opened before 1821.
Craghead Colliery, Craghead
Closed 11 Apr 1969. Owners:- Holmside & South Moor Collieries, (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ212506, 54° 50' 59" N, 1° 40' 11" W, 8.5 miles [14 Km] SSW of Newcastle.
Cramlington Colliery
Owners:- Hartley Main Collieries Ltd.
Crookbank Colliery
Opened before 1847. Owners:- John Bowes & Partners. Replaced by Byermoor Colliery. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ187571, 54° 54' 29" N, 1° 42' 30" W, 6 miles [9 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Crookhall Colliery, Consett
Includes:- Victory PitHumber Hill Drift. Closed 9 Nov 1963. Owners:- Consett Iron Co. Latterly based atVictory Pit. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ127503, 54° 50' 50" N, 1° 48' 8" W, 11.5 miles [18 Km] SW of Newcastle.
Croxdale Colliery
Owners:- Weardale Steel, Coal & Coke Co Ltd.
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