Tyne & Wear HER: 2743
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Wearmouth Colliery (1835-1993)


Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland was sunk from 1826-1834 and at the time it began producing coal in 1835 it was the deepest mine in the world (1578 ft). A waggonway was built to transport coal from the colliery to Pembertons Drops.[1] By 1902 there were 2,135 people working at the colliery. In 1991 there were 2,075 people employed at the colliery (1,779 working below ground, and 296 on the surface).[2] Wearmouth was the last deep coal mine of the County Durham coalfield to close, with the last shift at the pit on 10th December 1993. The colliery was demolished and the site was used for the Stadium of Light, which opened in 1997, and has the colliery wheel and statues of miners outside the stadium to celebrate its heritage.

Monkwearmouth Colliery (or Wearmouth Colliery) was a major North Sea coal mine located on the north bank of the River Wear, located in Sunderland. It was the largest mine in Sunderland and one of the most important in County Durham in northeast England. First opened in 1835 and in spite of the many accidents at the pit, the mine was the last to remain operating in the County Durham Coalfield. The last shift left the pit on December 10, 1993, ending over 800 years of commercial coal mining in the region. The Colliery site was cleared soon afterwards, and the Stadium of Light, the stadium of Sunderland A.F.C., was built over it, opening in July 1997 to replace nearby Roker Park.

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Wearmouth Colliery Nov 1993

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Wearmouth Colliery - Blacksmith

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Lamp Room - Wearmouth Colliery

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Worker at Wearmouth Colliery

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Wearmouth Colliery

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November '93 - Wearmouth Colliery

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Wearmouth Colliery - Coal Staithes

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Demolition - Wearmouth Colliery

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Going Home - Wearmouth Colliery

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Two Miners - Wearmouth Colliery

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Caged Miners

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Wearmouth Colliery - Demolition

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Wearmouth Colliery

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Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland

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Colliery Wheel

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Tyne and Wear HER(2743): Monkwearmouth, Wearmouth Colliery (Pemberton Main)
- "Sunk from 1826 to 1834 to a depth of 1578 feet Wearmouth was one of the pioneering deep mines which penetrated the magnesian limestone strata of the area. It was ...

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Stadium of Light

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Colliery memorial

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War declared in coalfields as miners strike to save pits
- Article about the Miners Strike, including photos from County Durham and Northumberland. "...THEIR names march out of the past like ghosts from a forgotten battlefield: Sacriston, Dawdon, Murton, Easington, Horden ...

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