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Preston Colliery

North Shields





19th c

Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

8 Nov 2023




Messr Johnson (1860s), Preston Coal Co. (1880s)

Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - There was two Preston Colliery complexes - This one was the first, and was located on Hawkeys Lane next to Camp Cottage and just south of Hawkey's Hall where the cycling ground was later situated.

The pit was sunk in 1755, though had disappeared before the 1890s. It is apparent the map surveyed in 1858, with a small pit heap, a t shaped building and small shaft building. It was never connected by rail, at least above ground.

The pit worked the Bensham Seam, with an advertisement in an 1866 edition of the Chronicle seeking 10 or 12 hewers and 2 putters, who transported the tubs. These would likely have been young boys. It likely had only a dozen or so pitmen as it was a small complex.

There is no trace today, and was later replaced by the North Shields Cycling Ground and later Appleby Park (

Ordnance Survey, 1865

Ordnance Survey, 1865

The site of the 1st Preston Colliery, later Appleby Park in 2023.

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