Westoe Colliery (1909-1993)


Westoe Colliery opened in 1909, though boring operations in the neighbourhood of Westoe were recorded earlier in 1759 and 1873.[1] The colliery was originally built as a man-riding shaft for the nearby St Hilda's Colliery, but became a full producing mine when the older colliery closed in 1940. Prior to nationalisation in 1947, Westoe Colliery was owned by Harton Coal Company and was connected to the Harton Electric Railway for transporting coal to staiths near Mill Dam. The colliery was heavily modernised in 1957 with the construction of two tower mounted friction winders and a modern coal preparation plant.[2] In 1980 the colliery employed 2,509 people (2,146 working below ground and 363 working on the surface). Westoe Colliery closed in May 1993.[3] The colliery was subsequently demolished and the site redeveloped for housing around the Bents Park area. 

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Worker at Westoe Colliery

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3 Westoe Colliery Workers

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Trucks at Westoe

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Westoe Worker

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038253:Westoe Colliery, South Shields c.1965

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Landscape View of Westoe Colliery

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Tracks at Westoe Colliery

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Stacks at Westoe Colliery

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038517:Westoe Colliery South Shields unknown c.1962

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Westoe Colliery Machinery

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Westoe Colliery View

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Views of Westoe Colliery

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Westoe Colliery

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View of Westoe Colliery

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Workers Getting Back to Work at Westoe

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Westoe Workers

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Westoe from a Height

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Get Back to Work

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Westoe

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Westoe and the foreshore

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South Shields
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South Shields
- Overview History Timeline Map South Shields is a coastal town in South Tyneside at the mouth of the River Tyne, about 4.8 miles downstream from Newcastle. During the Roman occupation ...
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Westoe Colliery

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The Lawe, looking towards Westoe Colliery

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Workers Helmet

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Westoe

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Tyne and Wear HER(5110): Westoe, Westoe Colliery
- "Sunk in 1909, Westoe was heavily modernised in the 1950s with the construction of two tower mounted friction winders and a modern coal preparation plant. The site has recently closed ...

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St. Hilda's Colliery (1810 - 1940)
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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 ...

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