Old Etherley Colliery
30 Jan 2023
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
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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