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Benwell Colliery

Benwell, Newcastle


Charley Pit

Charlotte Pit





Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

14 Jul 2023




W. Cochrane Carr (1880s), Elswick Coal Co. (1930s -)

Description (or HER record listing)

Charley Pit (Coal). This is named as the Charlotte Pit on the 2nd edition OS mapping. Opened in April 1766 as part of Benwell Colliery, owned by W. Cochrane Carr Ltd, and from the 1930s by Elswick Coal Company Ltd.

NEHL - The pit dates back from a time Benwell was mostly open farmland, but due to subsequent development ended up in the middle of Tyneside suburbia. The pit was unconnected to any rail transportation , occupying sloping land between the West Road and New Benwell. The heap was located to the south of the shaft, with the chimney and winding mechanism notable features on the landscape.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Charlotte Pit, around 1935. Source: Tyne & Wear Archives

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