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1127

Bigges Main Colliery

Wallsend, North Tyneside

55.00344,-1.55663

C Pit

Opened:

Closed:

1782

1850s

Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

12 Sept 2023

Reclaimed

Condition:

Owners: 

Description (or HER record listing)

"Bigges Main Colliery, C Pit, was served by Bigges Main Wagonway (HER ref. 1128). Around 1782 three pits were sunk around the site and the village of Bigges Main developed, taking its name from that of the pit. "A" Pit was situated at NZ 288 670, "B" Pit at NZ 286 668 and "C" Pit further north at NZ 285 677 (HER ref. 1127). Due to flooding the Bigges Main pits ceased working in 1857. The "C" pit site was partly filled in with refuse and then bulldozed over into a hillock and seeded."

NEHL - The site today is covered over with refuse. There is no indication of the shaft, though the raised area indicates the waste heap that was already underneath the refuse.

It was connected by as short waggonway to the now lost Bigges Main pit village, which connected at the pit to the Newcastle to Berwick Railway with a couple small sidings. Coals will have been taken across the Coxlodge Waggonway to staiths at Wallsend.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Site of C Pit, 2023

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Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography)    Historic England Photograph:  raf_58_2657_f21_0407 flown  30/12/1958

Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_58_2657_f21_0407 flown 30/12/1958

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