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Wylam, coal shaft


54.974388, -1.839259




19th c

Entry Created:

21 Mar 2023

Last Updated:

2 May 2023




Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - An old shaft is illustrated on the 1890s Ordnance Survey maps in this location, and is confirmed by the Coal Authority. This was likely a more significant working as a waggonway was constructed here between the 1860s and 1890s, and was abandoned by the end of the century.

Even in the 1890s, there was a significant waste heap, a remaining chimney and a few ancillary buildings. It has however been difficult to assess the exact pit this was.

Ordnance Survey, 1897

Ordnance Survey, 1897

The site of the pit can be seen on the right of the peninsula, with the clear line of the waggonway to the railway line. Source Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_106g_uk_1193_rs_4234 flown 27/02/1946

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The shaft was found in the woodland area at the bottom of this shot.

The shaft was found in the woodland area at the bottom of this shot.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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