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Norwood Colliery


54.626554, -1.772826



19th c


Entry Created:

31 Oct 2022

Last Updated:

31 Oct 2022




W, Hedley & Co. (1860s)

Description (or HER record listing)

"These seams are worked by a drift from Evenwood Colliery. The average output is 160,000 tons per annum, and the number employed is over 300. There are fifty coke ovens, but not in use at present. Storey Lodge Colliery, by the North Bitchburn Coal Co., working the Yard seam and the Five Quarter, 4 ft. 6 in. yielding an annual output of 80,000 tons, and employing 180 hands. Reiley Fell Colliery, by Messrs. Henry Stobart & Co. Here are the Busty, 3 ft. 8 in. to 4 ft., and the Brockwell, 5 ft. 10 in. This pit is at present idle ; but there are 70 coke ovens, which are supplied from the Lands Colliery, which was sunk in 1879, and at which are worked the Harvey, 2 ft. 4 in., the Busty, 4 ft. 6 in. to 6 ft., and the Brockwell, 5 ft. 10 in., employing 100 hands. At Morley Colliery, by Mr. Andrew Mein, is worked by a drift, the Main Coal seam, 5 ft. 6 in. to 6 ft., yielding 30,000 tons per annum, and employing 40 men and boys. Pit Close is another small colliery, where Mr. George Lowson is working also the Main Coal seam."

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

NEHL - The colliery was bordered by two drift mines east and west, which had their own tramway circulating above the main complex. There was previously a 3rd iteration which led to High Lands. The site appears to now be a private residence.

Ordnance Survey, 1921

Ordnance Survey, 1921

Norwood Colliery post closure, likely late 1910s. Source unknown.

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