Judith Pit, Harraton
3 Sept 2021
17 May 2023
Description (or HER record listing)
The OS 1st edition mapping shows a Chimney at the site, suggesting the presence of a winding engine. Shown but not named on Bell's plan of 1843. The pit was named after Judith Noel, the sister of Thomas Noel, 2nd Viscount Wentworth (of Kirkby Mallory Hall, Leicestershire). She married Ralph Milbanke of Halnaby in 1777. When Lord Wentworth died without heir in 1815, the Noel estate passed to Judith. Lady Judith and Sir Ralph Milbanke Noel, 6th Baronet, relocated from their home in Seaham to Kirkby Mallory Hall. In 1825, eleven miners were killed in Judith Pit.
NEHL - Due to the known existence of the explosion in 1825, it is likely to follow the trend of other pits in the area being early 19th century or 18th century. The pit heap is still extant, with the housing estate enveloping it. Nothing can be seen of the pit today except this.
The pit was connected to the Fatfield Waggonway, which was established in 1741 to transport coal from pits at Birtley to the Wear.
Ordnance Survey, 1862
The trees form the site of Judith Pit. The heap is still extant and walkable.
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The remnants of Judith Pit and its waggonway can be seen on the left of this aerial shot from 1956, leading to the Fatfield Waggonway. Source: Source Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_540_1792_f22_0240 flown 13/03/1956
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