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Tanfield Moor Colliery


54.883715, -1.737423

Willie Pit

Willy Pit





Entry Created:

4 Oct 2022

Last Updated:

4 Oct 2022




Earl of Kerry (1768), James Joicey (1850s), James Joicey & Co. Ltd. (1860s), Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd. (1940s), National Coal Board (1947 -)

Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - The primary earner for James Joicey's Tanfield Moor Collieries was Willy (or Willie) Pit, not too far from Tantobie. It was the earliest to open, dating from 1762 when the Earl of Kerry opened the pit, and the last to close on the eve of nationalisation in 1948. It was still quite a modest pit compared to some in the area though, and thanks to its age was certainly obsolete by the time of its closure. The only known photograph of the pit evidences this. It was connected to the Tanfield Branch of the North Eastern Railway

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Ordnance Survey, 1898

Tanfield Moor Colliery, undated. The picture is a very bad quality but still provides an insight into how old this site was. Unknown source.

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