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Broomside Colliery

Belmont, Durham


Lady Adelaide Pit





Entry Created:

21 Oct 2021

Last Updated:

21 Oct 2021




Lady F.A Vane Londonderry (1850s), Charles Bell (1860s), Broomside Coal Co. (1880s)

Description (or HER record listing)

Only the un-reclaimed, naturalising spoil heap of the Londonderry family's Broomside Colliery remains at the site of the pit sunk in 1829 in Pittington Parish, and which closed around 1890. It stood alongside tracks, which by 1839 had become part of the Sunderland and Durham Railway. Only four miners' houses stood on the site; the rest of its workers were housed half a mile distant at the purpose-built village of Broomside, located at first in St. Giles Parish, then in Belmont Parish after its formation in 1852. The route along which the miners walked to work survives today as a right of way. The colliery features in T.H.Hair's 'Sketches From Coal Mines' of 1840.

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Broomside Colliery, Thomas Hair. Source:

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