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Willington Belle Pit

Wallsend

55.01371,-1.50599

Opened:

Closed:

Unknown

19th c

Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

28 Nov 2023

Redeveloped

Condition:

Owners: 

Description (or HER record listing)

Belle Pit is shown on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map; the 2nd edition shows an expansion of spoil heaps.

NEHL - The Belle Pit was located off what is now Blackhill Avenue, and was a rudimentary working likely for landsale, ie the local trade. The mid 19th century Ordnance Survey shows the pit as a heap with a rectangular reservoir in the centre, likely water pumped from the workings below. The pond remained into the 1890s, though there is no evidence of the shaft. This may imply the shaft was flooded.

There is no trace of the working today.

Ordnance Survey, 1897

Ordnance Survey, 1897

The site from Middle Engine Lane in 2023

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Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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