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Judith Pit, Harraton




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8 Sept 2021


HER Info

Judith Pit (Coal). The OS 1st edition mapping shows a Chimney at the site, suggesting the presence of a winding engine. Shown but not named on Bell 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.

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

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