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Etherley Colliery

Witton Park

54.664757, -1.715549

Old Etherley Colliery

George Pit





Entry Created:

30 Jan 2023

Last Updated:

30 Jan 2023




Henry Stobart & Co. (1860s)

Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - The Old Etherley George Pit Stood between Witton Park and Escomb on the Darlington & Consett line between circa 1850s and the 1900s, but stood disused through the 1910s. The pit was extensive, with at least 3 rows of coke ovens and a number of sidings with a waste heap to the north of the working. Employment stabilised at around 500 between the 1890s and 1900s which shows its significance to the local area.

There was a small tramway from the shaft to California constructed after 1896. The maps do not show what to, though may be a later drift mine. It later became a reservoir.

The pit is shown as disused on the Ordnance Survey revised in 1915.

Ordnance Survey, 1897

Ordnance Survey, 1897

George Pit, Etherley undated. What appears to be a signal box can be seen on the left, so this shot may be looking north with the railway line in the foreground. Unknown original source.

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