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Black Prince Colliery

Tow Law

54.752682, -1.814708

Opened:

1846

Closed:

1933

Reclaimed

Condition:

Last Updated:

7 Jun 2022

Owners: 

Attwood & Co. (1850s), Weardale Iron Co. (1858), Weardale Iron & Coal Co. (1860s), Weardale Steel, Coal & Coke Co. Ltd. (1900s)

HER Info (unless otherwise noted)

"At the Black Prince Colliery, worked by the Weardale Iron and Coal Company, there are about 640 men and boys employed, working the "Ballarat" seam, 1 foot 10 inches to 2 feet thick; the "Five Quarter," 2 feet 5 inches to 2 feet 9 inches ; "Top Coal Seam," 2 feet 9 inches ; and the " Main Coal," 2 feet 10 inches to 3 feet 6 inches thick. The whole of these seams provide good coking coal. The main coal crops out to the surface a little to the west of Dan's Castle."

- Whellan's 1894 Directory of County Durham (Retrieved from Durham Mining Museum)

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

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

Black Prince Colliery, undated. Source: Durham Mining Communities, Facebook

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