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D15912A

Holmside Colliery

Craghead

54.849583,-1.670866

Craghead Colliery

Oswald/Thomas Pit

Opened:

Closed:

1839

1969

Entry Created:

20 Jan 2022

Last Updated:

18 May 2023

Redeveloped

Condition:

Owners: 

Messrs. Hedley (1850s), Hedley Bros (1860s), Holmside & Southmoor Collieries Ltd. (1910s), National Coal Board (1947 -)

Description (or HER record listing)

Holmside Colliery was located at the centre of Craghead village between 1839 and 1969. This complex featured both Thomas Pit and Oswald Pit, while the William Pit and George Pit was slightly east across Edward Street. Both featured extensive complexes on the surface while sharing one pit heap. Each had a winding engine and their own ancillary buildings. Pit terraces grew around the Thomas Pit through the 19th century.

The pits closed in the 1960s, with industrial/scrap merchants now taking up part of the area.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Craghead Colliery Pithead, 1963. Source: Craghead Colliery, Facebook

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Postcard of Thomas Pit in the early 1910s. Unknown original source.

Postcard of Thomas Pit in the early 1910s. Unknown original source.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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