25 Jul 2022
25 Jul 2022
J. Townley & R. Fletcher (1860s), Fletcher & Sowerby (1880s), Utrick A. Ritson (1880s), U. A Ritson & Sons Ltd. (1900s), Ritsons (Burnhope Collieries) Ltd. (1930s), Bearpark Coal & Coke Co. Ltd. (1939), National Coal Board (1947 -)
Description (or HER record listing)
"Burnhope Colliery is the property of Utrick Alexander Ritson, Esq. The area of the royalty is 837 acres, and all the well known seams of the Durham coalfield are represented. The Busty seam yields a splendid coking coal, while the coals of the Harvey, Hutton, Low Main, and Five Quarter are unexcelled for gas making purposes. The present output reaches from 800 to 900 tons per day."
Whellan's 1894 Directory of County Durham (via Durham Mining Museum)
NEHL - The pit was connected by a waggonway over Abbetson's Sike to a drift in the north west. As it was connected via rails this may be Engine Pit but it is not possible to confirm. There was also a shaft at the main site itself.
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