Tyne & Wear HER: 3319
Grid ref: NZ161634

Stargate Colliery (c.1800 - 1963)

Stargate Colliery, in Stargate, near Ryton, was opened in 1800 by the Dunns of Stella Hall.[1] It was one of a number of local collieries run by the Stella Coal Company. Also known as Towneley Main Colliery, the colliery was served by the Townley Main Wagonway, which was used to transort the coal for shipping. On the 30th of May, 1826, an explosion at the colliery led to the deaths of 38 miners. By 1940 there were 773 people employed at Stargate Colliery (676 working below ground, 97 on the surface).[2] Stargate Colliery closed on the 29th June, 1963. A memorial to the victims of the 1826 disaster was erected at Ryton Holy Cross Church in 1993 by the Ryton Heritage Group.[3]

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Stargate Colliery (1803-1963)
- also known as Towneley Main Colliery

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Simon Cotterill
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Tyne and Wear HER(3319): Ryton, Stargate Colliery
- "Stargate Pit, on the Townley Main Wagonway (HER 3317). Opened in 1800 by the Dunns of Stella Hall. An explosion in 1801 was followed by another serious explosion on 30th ...

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Stella Hall and Estate
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Stella Hall and Estate


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