17 Mar 2023
17 Mar 2023
John Messeson (1900s), Hesleyside Coal Company Ltd. (1907)
Description (or HER record listing)
NEHL - A small coal working could be found on the banks of the North Tyne in the first few decades of the 20th century, from around 1904. According to the 1922 Ordnance Survey, the pit featured a level on the east of the complex connected by a small tramway. There was a loop installed on the east level alongside a siding to the west. This shaft was excavated southerly as per a ventilation shaft that features in a field just south, as well as one further south west. Facilities were modest, with one small building and a weighing machine on the access road.
Advertisements throughout the 1900s indicate the coal was for cooking and baking purposes, offering deliveries to any station on the North British Railway (presumably the Border Counties Railway).
Footage of the pit in a British Pathe report can be seen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_oNMIpTJ5k
The footage indicates in the 1930s the pit was worked by a single man, who took on all jobs necessary to keep the pit operating.
Ordnance Survey, 1922
Still from British Pathe video of Hesleyside Colliery, 1936. Source: British Pathe
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