20 Jan 2022
John Gully & Partners (1835), Sir William Chaytor & Co. (1840s), Thornley Coal Co. (1850s), London Steam Colliery & Coal Co. [later Original Hartlepool Collieries Co.] (1865), Weardale Iron & Coal Co. Ltd (1885), National Coal Board (1947 -)
HER Info (unless otherwise noted)
This is the site of an engine house of Thornley Colliery. It contained a steam driven engine that would drive the lift that brought men to and from the surface, from a depth of about 300m. The colliery closed in 1970, after which the site was used for a coal washery. This finally ceased operation in 1976 and the site was cleared in the late 1970s.
Ordnance Survey, 1898
Thornley Colliery, 1920. Source: Jamie Groom via wheatleyhill.com
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