St. Hilda's Colliery (1810 - 1940)


St. Hilda's Colliery in High Shields was established by Simon Temple and produced its first coal on the 23rd of April 1810. By 1922 St. Hilda's Wagonway was built to connect St. Hilda's Colliery to the Templetown Wagonway, for transporting the coal.[1] In July 1825, at this time owned by Robert & John William Brandling, the mine reached the Bensham Coal Seam at a depth of 143 fathoms (260 metres), where the coal seam was about 6 feet thick.[2] On the 28th of June 1839, trajedy struck when an explosion in the colliery resulted in the deaths of 51 men and boys, the youngest aged 9. Many of the dead were buried at the nearby St Hilda's Church. By the 1880s the colliery was under the ownership of Harton Coal Company, which in 1908 developed the Harton Electric Railway, for the transport of coal from St Hilda's and the company's other mines in the area. In 1921 there were 2,134 people employed at the colliery (1,722 working below ground and 412 working on the surface).[3] The colliery closed temporarily in 1925 and was permanently closed in 1940, with production shifing to Westoe Colliery. The 19th century Head Stock building of St Hilda's Colliery remains a local landmark.

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St. Hilda's Colliery

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St Hilda's Colliery Straight

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Electric Locomotives at St Hilda Sidings

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Durham Coal Mining 2 of 5 - Arcadia Cinema Spennymoor

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038453:St. Hilda's Colliery Band South Shields unknown 1912

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Tyne and Wear HER(2355): South Shields, St. Hilda's Colliery
- "St. Hilda's Colliery was served by St. Hilda's Wagonway (HER ref. 2356) and by a Ballast Railway (HER ref. 2427). The shaft first sunk in 1822 by the ...

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Pit disaster touched every family in town
- Shields Gazette, 14 May, 2014. ".....It was a disaster not just for the individuals involved but for the whole community. It must have touched every family in the town, says ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(2356): South Shields, St. Hilda's Wagonway/Harton Coal Co. Railway
- "St. Hilda's Wagonway connected St. Hilda's Colliery (HER ref. 2355) to the Templetown Wagonway (HER ref. 2449). It was built in 1822 by the Brandlings and eventually became ...

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