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Black Fell Colliery

"...Black Fell hauler is all that is left of the once significant Black Fell Colliery site. The original pits sunk here in the early 1700s formed Mount Moor colliery. Later the site became known as Black Fell Colliery and the last working pit here was Vale pit, which closed in 1929. However, the shaft was still in use for man-riding and escape purposes as late as the 1960s, being linked underground to other pits in the area. Black Fell in the early 1900s is shown below and demonstrates how industrial the area was at the time....." (Derelict Places)

"The first civil engineering work upon which [Joseph Locke (1805 - 1860)] was engaged was the construction of a railway of six miles in length from the Black Fell Colliery to the River Tyne, of which George Stephenson was the Engineer, and there he acquitted himself so well, that he was subsequently sent, in 1825, to survey the lines from Leeds to Selby, from Manchester to Bolton, and from Canterbury to Whitstable." (Grace's Guide)

Birtley Black Fell Engine House
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Black Fell Engine House
Mount Moor Colliery
- also known as Springwell (Vale Pit) , Vale Pit

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