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Hawthorn Combined Mine

Murton

54.804507, -1.397506

Opened:

Closed:

1960

1992

Entry Created:

11 Apr 2023

Last Updated:

19 Jan 2024

Reclaimed

Condition:

Owners: 

National Coal Board, British Coal

Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - Work was started from this area in 1953, and the first lots of coal were drawn in 1959. The coke works adjacent had started production slightly earlier, and when the colliery started full scale production the Shotton Coke Works nearby were closed, and the workforce transferred here.

The working was fairly sizeable and modern, connected with the railway from Haswell to Seaham Docks from both sides. British Railways would take coal from both sides. It holds the European record for coal production in one day, at a staggering 12,000 tons.

According to the Fred Stobbart and the Durham Mining Museum, the collieries at Eppleton, Murton and this one were all linked by an underground railway. It utilised battery locomotives, hauling trains of 24 ton ton wagons. A sophisticated signalling system was also used.

The pit closed in 1992.

Ordnance Survey, 1967

Ordnance Survey, 1967

Hawthorn Combined Mine, 1990. Credit to Des & Andy Kelly, no reuse without permission

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Hawthorn Combined Mine, 1990. Credit to Des & Andy Kelly, no reuse without permission

Hawthorn Combined Mine, 1990. Credit to Des & Andy Kelly, no reuse without permission

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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