Washington Colliery (1775-1968)


"In December 1775 Robert Shafto, Sir Gilfred Lawson and Sir James Musgrave, the Lords of the Manor of Washington, leased the coal under the northern part of the Parish to William Russel and Partners. Russel was a coal shipping agent (known as a coal fitter) from Sunderland who also owned the Wallsend Colliery on Tyneside. Russel’s Washington Colliery was made up of eight pits spread around the Washington area. These were given letters for names from A Pit to I Pit." (Sunderland Libraries).  Washington 'F' Pit, sunk in 1777, produced the most coal and is now a museum located in the pit's former engine house. In 1851 the colliery came under the management of the Washington Coal Company and in the 1890's around 900 men and boys were employed across the pits of the colliery.[1]

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Washington 'F' Colliery

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Washington Colliery
- Opened before 1794. 'A' Pit, 'B' Pit ... 'I" Pit.

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Miners Banner, Washington F Pit Lodge

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Houses in the shadow of F Pit Heap

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