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The Colliery


Find out what life was really like for miners in the early 1900s.

Mahogany Drift Mine: Don your hard hat and take a trip down the mine and discover the often grim reality of conditions for pit workers.

Colliery Lamp Cabin: See the rows of miners’ lamps in the cabin, where they would have collected and returned their safety lamp at the start and end of each shift.

Colliery Winding Engine: An unique sight – this steam winding engine, built by J&G Joicey & Co, of Newcastle upon Tyne, is the only survivor of its type, and was once common in the Northern Coalfield.

Heapstead and Screens: See where miners and coal travelled in cages, which were drawn up from the shaft beneath. The tubs of coal were tipped onto the screens for sorting before being loaded into the chaldron wagons below.

Engine Shed: Visit the engine shed to see industrial steam locomotives from the 1870s, including two Coffee Pot engines, by Head Wrightson, of Stockton on Tees, and Lewin-built No.18, which worked at Seaham Harbour, in County Durham.

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The Colliery