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Old Durham Colliery


54.767819, -1.545479

Lord Ernest Pit





Entry Created:

13 Oct 2022

Last Updated:

13 Oct 2022




Lord Londonderry (1849)

Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - Old Durham Colliery was a small working to the south west of Old Durham which worked for around 30 years. It was connected by two single track waggonways. The first was a small tramway to a coal depot at Bent House, presumably for distribution to the wider communities and Bent House itself. The second waggonway east was its main connection to the railway network, adjoining at Sherburnhouse to the North Eastern Railway. It was a fairly small working, with a main building enclosing the shaft and a few auxiliary buildings and a powder magazine. There was also a slag heap in the south west of the site.

A small terrace can be seen on the 1850s map, likely providing accommodation to workers.

The 1890s map shows the site was disused by 1895. The shaft and terraces lingered through the 1940s until Craig's Quarry swallowed up some of the site. Nowadays there's little to be seen, those the main lane to the pit remains as farm access.

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Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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