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Dunston, Gateshead

54.949853, -1.660975

16th - 17th Century

Mining Site

Demolished, remains extant

Scheduled Ancient Monument

Last Updated:

4 Jun 2020

Old Mining Remains, Dunston

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'Dunston Hill is an old colliery worked from the reign of Elizabeth I. It is situated on the northern slope of Dunston Hill and includes the earthwork and other remains of early coal workings and part of an early wagonway embankment and cutting. The latter belong to the Northbanks Way built in 1699 by Charles Montagu. They survive because Northbanks Way was closed suddenly and permanently in 1723 by Lady Bowes and Lady Clavering. The cutting was the location for the first recorded railway brake-testing following its construction in 1699. The remains of the Northbanks-Dunston wagonway cutting are considered to be the finest example of pre-1720 railway engineering known to survive nationally.'

Retrieved from Sitelines

Though the old mine shafts date back 2 centuries before, they are labelled as prominent remains on the first two editions of the Ordnance Survey. As a result, some visual evidence must have been around at this point. There are two 'Old Shafts', signifying two indicators.

There is just one on the second edition, south of the spring.

The third edition still shows an old coal shaft in the middle of the field close to Whickham Thorns.

Upon examination on Google Maps no evidence remains. However, there is a circular patch of dried grassland which happens to be in the same location. It may be a relevant indicator.

The NAA excavated Dunston Hill recently and found evidence of the old mine workings and waggonways. There is also evidence the Bell pit combusted. See more info here: https://www.northernarchaeologicalassociates.co.uk/dunston-hill-archaeological-excavation

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Aerial photograph of excavations at Dunston Hill of old mine workings. See more at the link above.

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