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3319

Stargate Colliery

Ryton, Gateshead

54.964476,-1.749894

Townley Main Colliery

Opened:

Closed:

Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

25 Apr 2023

Redeveloped

Condition:

Owners: 

Dunns Family (1800 - 1833), Stella Coal Co. (1840 -)

Description (or HER record listing)

Stargate Pit, on the Townley Main Wagonway (HER 3317). Opened in 1800 by the Dunns of Stella Hall.

An explosion in 1801 was followed by another serious explosion on 30th May 1826 when 38 men and boys were killed. The Ryton Heritage Group erected a memorial to the victims in Ryton Holy Cross churchyard in 1993. Dunn's lease expired in 1833, and the colliery having been laid in after the accident, was not reopened until 1840 when its owners, the Stella Coal Company attached it to the Rector's Glebe and Stella Freehold Colleries.

The colliery owners built all the houses in the village as workmen's dwellings. A Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1877.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Stargate Colliery, undated. Source: John Parkin, Flickr

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Aerial photo of Stargate Colliery, which was situated at the industrial estate. The boundaries of the pit are retained.

Aerial photo of Stargate Colliery, which was situated at the industrial estate. The boundaries of the pit are retained.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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