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DB015

Brancepeth Colliery

Willington

54.716136, -1.683685

Opened:

1840

Closed:

1967

Reclaimed

Condition:

Last Updated:

4 Apr 2022

Owners: 

Strakers & Love (1850s), National Coal Board (1947 -)

HER Info (unless otherwise noted)

"The extensive collieries belonging to Messrs. Straker & Love, called the Brancepeth B pit and the Brancepeth C pit, are situated on the boundary of Willington and Stockley townships. The B pit was the first sunk, and the seams worked at the two are the "Busty," at a depth of 26 fathoms, which varies very much in thickness, and the "Brockwell," 3 ft. thick, at a depth of 48 fathoms. These are ventilated by a 35 ft. Waddle fan. The output is almost entirely converted into coke, which is the celebrated "Brancepeth coke." The manufacture of firebrick, sanitary ware, and gamster brick, is largely carried on here. The gas for supplying Willington and Oakenshaw is manufactured here. These works, coke ovens, and collieries cover a very large area, and give employment to over 1200 men and boys, thus being the mainstay of this populous district. These owners have other large collieries at Brandon, Oakenshaw, and at Sunnybrow, which altogether produce over 1,000,000 tons of coal per annum, and employ over 3000 persons. In all, ther are 1700 coke ovens, the gases from them being utilised in producing the steam for working the machinery, &c."

- Whellan's 1894 Directory of County Durham, retrieved from Durham Mining Museum

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Willington and Brancepeth Colliery pit heap, undated. Source: County Durham Development Plan, 1951. Kindly obtained by Peter Laurence

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Brancepeth Colliery A Pit, undated. Source: Durham Mining Communities

Brancepeth Colliery A Pit, undated. Source: Durham Mining Communities

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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