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North Biddick Colliery

Biddick, Washington






Entry Created:

3 Sept 2021

Last Updated:

28 Mar 2022




Sir George Elliot, Bart. (1880s), Lambton Collieries Ltd. (1890s), Lambton & Hetton Collieries Ltd. (1910s -)

Description (or HER record listing)

Opened before 1710, closed March 1935. Little Pit was sunk in 1894. Victoria Pit was at NZ 317 543. Owned by Sir George Elliot, Bart, then Lambton Colleries Ltd, then Lambton and Hetton Colleries Ltd. On November 17 1771, North Biddick, Chartershaugh and Low Lambton Colleries filled with water. Over 30 horses drowned, the wagons were swept away and the fire engines destroyed. Whellan reported in 1894 that there were two upcast and three downcast shafts at this colliery. Daily output was 940 tons of coal. 600 workers on the Maudlin seam and 350 on the Hutton seam. An explosion on 28 January 1743 killed 17 miners. Another on 6 December 1773 killed 19.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

North Biddick Colliery, undated. Source: Raggyspelk

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Aerial view of North Biddick Colliery from above Victoria Viaduct, 2022.

Aerial view of North Biddick Colliery from above Victoria Viaduct, 2022.

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Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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