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New Brancepeth Colliery


54.771785, -1.656958

Sleetburn Colliery





Entry Created:

12 Aug 2022

Last Updated:

12 Aug 2022




Alexander Brodie Cochrane Esq. (1858), Cochrane & Co. Ltd. (1890), New Brancepeth Colliery Co. Ltd. (1930s), National Coal Board (1947)

Description (or HER record listing)

"The New Brancepeth of Sleetburn Colliery work the royalties belonging to Lord Boyne, where extensive mining operations are carried on by the New Brancepeth Coal Co., Ltd. This colliery was first commenced by Alex. Brodie Cochrane, Esq., in 1856. The "Busty" seam as proved at fifty fathoms. Coals were drawn from this seam in 1858, though only for two years. In 1865 another shaft was sunk, this time to the "Brockwell," which was reached at a depth of 70 fathoms, coal being worked in 1867. A third shaft was sunk in 1872, and firebrick works erected, and altogether they give employment to about 700 men and boys."

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

Ordnance Survey, 1896

Ordnance Survey, 1896

New Brancepeth Colliery, undated. Unknown Source.

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The colliery coal washer in later years. Unknown Source.

The colliery coal washer in later years. Unknown Source.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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