16 Aug 2022
16 Aug 2022
Description (or HER record listing)
NEHL - A colliery operated in Cullercoats from 1723 as part of the wider network of mines linked to the Whitley Waggonway.
For the next 100 years the North Tyneside coast was scattered with pre-Victorian coal workings, alongside Whitley Colliery which opened in 1676. The Whitley Waggonway operated to Cullercoats harbour, allowing the small village to swell in size. The Percy family took the brunt of the coast of both the waggonway and pier at Cullercoats, paying £3013 for the latter.. It turned out to be a sound investment as by1679 14,000 tons of coal was recorded.
It is not known where exactly the Cullercoats Colliery was, however on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey an old shaft is shown just south of Link House, which was demolished for St George's Church. Another possible location may near the old Cullercoats Station, at the junction of Mast Lane and The Broadway, however I personally find this less likely.
Info from Les Turnbull's book "Railway Before George Stephenson".
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