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Hesleywell, coal workings

West Allen

54.842460, -2.347553




19th c



Last Updated:

30 Mar 2022


HER Info (unless otherwise noted)

Former coal workings are visible as earthworks on lidar imagery. The remains comprise a belt or strip of adjacent, and sometimes overlapping, finger-like scoops cut into a shallow hillslope. The linear arrangement of these scoops results from following a coal seam along the contour, and each usually has a spoil heap at the open end. They follow the contour for about 300m in a north-south direction. They are shown as Old Coal Workings on the first edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map, indicating they were already abandoned by the mid 19th century.

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

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