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Blaydon Burn Colliery

Blaydon Burn, Gateshead


Belsay Pit

Betsy Pit





Last Updated:

6 Sept 2021


Joseph Cowen (1850s), Joseph Cowen & Co. (1860s), Priestman Collieries Ltd. (1900s - 1947), National Coal Board (1947 -)

HER Info (unless otherwise noted)

Betsy Pit (Coal), also known as Belsay Pit became part of Blaydon Burn Colliery, eventually closing in the 1950s. This small pit belonged to Joseph Cowen who owned the brickworks (HER ref. 1646 and 3434) in 1896. On the 1st edition Ordnance Survey plan this is marked as the Belsay Pit. At that time there was no range of buildings, but two structures on either side of the mouth of the mine had been constructed by 1896. This formed part of what became known as Blaydon Burn Colliery.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

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

Blaydon Burn Colliery Locomotive, 1896. Source: Newcastle Libraries

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