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Lambton Colliery

Colliery Name:

Lambton Colliery (also known as Bournmoor Colliery)

A Brief History

Coal has been extracted from this area since the 1600’s.  

The commercial extraction of coal was developed by John Lambton in the lands surrounding Lambton Castle (from which the colliery name was derived), through the Wear Valley. The first of seven pits was sunk in the village of Bournmoor from 1783 onwards, which together, were to make up what was known as Lambton Colliery.

The company was first formed when Lambton’s grandson, John Lambton, the First Earl of Durham, entered Parliament as a Whig  politician.  The formal name change to Lambton Collieries was adopted in 1896.

In 1910 the company merged with Hetton Collieries to form Lambton and Hetton Collieries.  In 1924, that company merged with Joicey Collieries to form Lambton, Hetton and Joicey Collieries.

In 1947, along with all of the other private coal companies of the United Kingdom, it was nationalised under the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 to become a part of  the National Coal Board.

The colliery was finally closed on 27th February 1965.

Seams worked were as follows:-


  1894  Hutton, Maudlin.

  1914  Five Quarter, Low Main, Main Coal, Maudlin.

  1921  Five quarter, Low Main, Main Coal, Maudlin.

  1930  Five Quarter, Low Main, Main, Maudlin.

  1935  Brass Thill, Five Quarter, Low Main, Main, Maudlin.

  1950  Brass Thill, Low Main, Main, Maudlin.

Owners include:-


   1820   The Earl of Lambton

   1896   Lambton Collieries Ltd.

   1910’s  Lambton and Hetton Collieries Ltd.

   1930’s  Lambton, Hetton and Joicey Collieries Ltd.

   1947   National Coal Board.


During the life of the collieries, output was as follows:-


   1873   Coal

   1888   D Pit  -  Coal

   1888   Lady Anne Pit  -  Coal

   1896   D Pit  -  Coal:  Coking,  Gas,  Household,  Manufacturing.

   1896   Lady Anne Pit  -  Coal: Manufacturing, Steam.

   1902   D Pit  -  Coal:  Coking,  Gas,  Household,  Manufacturing.

   1902   Lady Anne Pit  -  Coal:  Manufacturing, Steam,  Fireclay.

   1914   Coal:  Coking,  Gas,  Household,  Manufacturing,  Steam,  Fireclay.

   1921   Coal:  Coking,  Gas,  Household,  Manufacturing,  Steam,  Fireclay

   1930   Coal:  Gas,  Household,  Steam.

   1935   Coal:  Gas,  Household,  Steam.

   1947   Coal:  Gas, Household, Manufacturing, Steam. (237,724 tons)

   1950   Coal:  Gas, Household, Steam, Fireclay.

   1955   Coal:  Gas, Household, Steam, Fireclay.

   1960   Coal:  Coking, Gas, Household, Manufacturing, Fireclay.

   1961   Coal:  Coking, Gas, Household, Manufacturing, Fireclay.

   1964   Coal:  Coking, Gas, Household, Manufacturing, Fireclay.

   1965   Coal:  Coking, Gas, Household, Manufacturing, Fireclay.

The colliery, like many others had it’s own  Brickyard.  However the dates of the opening and  the subsequent closing are unknown.

Likewise,  it is not known whether or not there was a Gas Works at the colliery.

A Cokeworks  was a part of the colliery complex and this was replaced in 1955 with the building of the nearby Lambton Coke Works which operated until it’s eventual closure in February 1986.

In 1940, the new pithead baths were opened.  These had been built at a cost of £24,000.00.  The following information was taken from a contemporary news report of the event:-

“ . . . The building has  1,296 clean clothes lockers  and 1,296 pit clothes lockers, with sufficient accommodation to enable all the men on the largest shift to take their baths without delay.  Among the adjuncts are a boot-cleaning room, boot-greasing room and bottle-filling room while in the clean entrance lobby there are drinking fountains and access to a canteen.  Adjacent to the clean locker room there is a first aid room in which scratches, sores and other minor injuries can be dealt with promptly. . .  .”

A short distance along the road to Fence Houses, quite close to Lumley Park Burn, there was also a ‘day drift’ that went down to the pit.  This was used by miners going into the pit during the day.  They came back to the surface at the end of their shift using the cages in the nearby pit shaft.  This day drift was also used as an air raid shelter during World War 2.

Lambton ‘D’ Colliery


Employment at Lambton Colliery was :-

1896         D Pit                 604

1896         Lady Anne Pit     289

                           Total     893

1902         D Pit                 533

1902         Lady Anne Pit     435

                           Total     968

1914                               1,486

1921                               1,627

1930                               1,392

1935                               1,115

1940                               1,094

1945                               1,101

1947                               1,089

1950                               1,012

1955                               1,062

1960                               1,063

1961                               1,089

1964                                  695

1965                                  454

Allison. Jacob.

Allison.  James

Allison. John H.

Allison. Robert

Atkins. T.

Atkinson. T.

Bainbridge. Wm.

Baker. Joseph

Baker. William

Balwer. Robert

Barron. T.

Barry. John

Bateman. Robert

Bates. Bart

Bell. George T.

Bell. J

Best. J.B.

Bestford. T.

Birtle. George

Blunt. Richard

Brown. Geo. R.

Brown.  William

Brown.  William

Bullen. B.

Buller. Geo. H.

Burdon. A. A.

Collins.  S.J.

Corfield. Thomas

Davison. Wm.

Dixon. Thomas

Dodds. B.

Elliott. George

Ellison. Geo. T.

Errington. N.E.

Etherington. J. T.

Finlay. W.H.

Forster. John

Garbutt. P. M.

Geddes. R.

Gleason. Ralph

Glendenning. W.

Glendenning. J.W.

Goodhall. Walter

Gordon. Geo.

Gowland. T.

Gray. John W.

Greenwell. G.D.

Grieves. H.B.T.

Hamilton. R.

Harkness. R.

Haswell. A. C.


Henderson. T.

Hills. C.

House. William

Humphrey. John

Humphrey. J. C.

Hutchinson. J.

Iley. F. N.

Ingleby. Henry

Johnson.  Geo.

Jones. Robert

Jones Wm. Ellis

Kirtley Robert

Langley. W. A.

Lawton. John W.

Lewis. Edward

Lydiatt. J.

Lynn. Thomas

Maddison.  A. C.

Marley. Ralph

Mason. Geo. T.

McKenzie. T.

Middlemas. Jos.

Miller. John G.

Miller. John Geo.

Miller Robert

Morton. William

Murtagh. J. C.

Naisbett. F.

Nichols. W.

Nicholson. Wm.

Oliver. T.

Palmer. John

Nixon. Benjamin

Parton. John

Passmore. J.

Passmore. R.

Patterson. J. C.

Patterson. T.

Patteson. Edward

Pratt. Barrass R.

Reed John

Reed. Mary A.

Robinson. A.

Robinson. A.

Robinson. Thomas

Robson. William

Smith. David

Smith William

Soames. W. L.

Stark. J.

Stovers. Jennry

Swan. Richard D.

Swinney. R.

Thirtle. George

Thompson. J.

Tindale. T

Todd. Al.

Towers. John

Towers. Thomas


Trowell. Jackson

Tulip. Samuel

Turner. T.

Watson. John

Watt. Charles W.

Weeks. Thomas

Welshaw. William

Whitling. J. R.

Willis. Thomas

Wilson. John

Wright. A.

Yellowley. T.


As with all collieries, there were many accidents, many of them fatal. These are too numerous to mention in detail, but the names of those who lost their lives are listed below:-

Deaths were mainly due to accidents  -  falls of stone, crushing accidents and accidents involving tubs.  However on one occasion a miner ( Bates. Bart) cut his finger and died 6 days later from blood poisoning originating from the wound.  

On another occasion, the death occurred to someone who was not an employee of the colliery, they had been on the coal heap and had been burnt, which led to their death.

Current use of site:

Apart from one or two buildings, the site is now   Gone are the main colliery workings and offices.  Gone is ‘D’ Pit Row and gone also is Railway Terrace, along with the village of New Lambton and the Hamlet of Elba

Replacing them all is Elba Park.  Elba (pronounced  by the locals as ‘El Bay’). Was a small hamlet which no longer exists.  The park consists of walks, grassland and wetland areas as well as items and areas connected with mining and the history of the area.  The park also includes 359 energy-efficient homes situated at it’s north entrance.

One striking feature in the park is the impressive memorial to commemorate the colliery’s history and also the 120+ pitmen who lost their lives.  The artwork depicting the miner and the seam is life size.  As can be seen in the first picture below, leading to the main sculpture is a railway line as was used in the mines for the tubs.

The memorial sculpture commemorating the colliery’s history.

Another feature is the new bridge over the Herrington burn which includes handrails made from miners’ pick-axes, again tying the place in with it’s history.

Bridge handrails made from pick-axes

Also in the park are sculptures created by Craig Knowles in the style of miners’ banners designed by children from four local schools.

Miners banners sculptures

It must be pointed out that while preparing and cleaning the land for the park, a wooden wagonway was discovered in 1995. It was reburied to preserve the wood for the future, and artwork by Colin Whilbourn was unveiled in May 2011 and is a scaled representation of the wagonway as it was found.  The sculpture is a ‘two part’ affair and is entitled  Up in smoke and “Wooden Waggonway”.   

Up in smoke is the vertical and shows colliery buildings in the foreground and Lambton Cokeworks in the background billowing smoke.  The horizontal sculpture shows the layout of the surviving timbers of the wagonway  beneath the ground.

Railway Terrace

‘D’ Pit Row

Contribution from Mr. Trevor McKitten (Bournmoor)


At the end of one of my working weeks at Lambton Colliery, I was working at the main coal seam, pony putting. It was a Friday morning in the early shift.

That particular day, I was putting and driving on my own because my driver had been called away to work at the Lambton ‘worm’, to cover for someone who had not turned up for work.  The Overman told my partner to work the worm.  My partner was Jack Bertram  -  the youngest lad on the shift.

At the end of the shift, the putters and the men who were working in the No:6 District started making their way ‘out bye’.  Myself and the other putters went on in front with our ponies.  Every day we got out bye  sooner than the coal fillers and as we got almost to the worm, we were met with a cloud of dust that filled the air

I was first there and the other putters asked me what had caused the dust.  I told them that the set had broken away down the main coal drift  -   it was the last set of tubs that shift.

When we looked at the steel rope, it was lying loose in between the rail tracks.

As we got out to the bank top, I noticed that the tubs were all smashed up in a large heap and that the  roof was down.  Little Jacky was nowhere to be seen.  

I heard someone crying out, and as I was first at the front, I went down to the tubs.  I could see a light from the tubs and in the light I could see someone lying on the ground.  He was crying for his Mam.

When I eventually got down to the person, I was able to see it was ‘Little Jacky’ Bertram.  He looked badly hurt and was bleeding heavily.  I was asking for help but could not get any.  At that point, the Deputy came into sight asking what had happened.  I told him Little Jacky had been hurt with the set of tubs and needed help and loads of bandages to try and stop the bleeding from his leg.  I told the Deputy to  “. . . get in here . . .” as it was his job, but he said he was too big to get into where I was.

I told him to get lots of bandages and a stretcher so we could get Jacky out and onto the stretcher.

The Deputy said that the only way out was the back drift which was very steep and running with water and it was middle timbered.  One of my putter friends said  that he would get us out.  He got a large ‘mel hammer’ and he knocked every prop out that was in our road.

When we got Jacky out to the bottom of the shaft, a doctor was waiting.  He said that the coat I had used to cover Jacky with would have to be burned.  He then took over and my part in saving Jacky had ended.

The following day, Saturday,  we went to see Jacky in hospital.  When I first saw him, I thought that the doctor had taken Jacky’s leg off.  However, that was not the case.  The doctor said that I had done a good job down there and asked if I could not have found Jacky’s kneecap.  I told him I was lucky to have been able to get him out alive.  The doctor repeated that I had done a good job.

Jacky now lives down in Leeds.

That was a long time ago, but I will never forget it.  It happened when I was about 24 years old and I am now 80 years old.

Trevor  McKitten

The Story in Pictures:

Building work at Lambton ‘D’ Pit, circa 1900

Miners of the Lambton Collieries, circa 1890

The Old Engine at New Lambton. This was partly demolished and the ruins left for many years until subsequently removed when the site was landscaped.

The remaining buildings of Lambton ‘D’ Pit.

Lambton ‘D’ Pit

Lambton Drops or Staiths

Lambton Lodge Banner

The wooden wagonway discovered during the preparation of the area for Elba Park


We are extremely grateful to the owner of the website “All Things Bournmoor” for the help we have received in preparing this document. Without the express permission to copy and use information from the site, our task would have been much, much harder.


Our thanks also to family and friends and all who have helped by providing photographs and information.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the area is well advised to log onto the following website:


Allison, Jacob Wilson, 11 Jul 1914, aged 54, Stoneman, Deceased was getting coal down in a machine-cut longwall face, when some roof stone came away from a slip with the coal and killed him, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 14 Jul 1914 {NBI}

Allison, James, 02 Jul 1919, (accident: 19 Jun 1919), aged 66, Hewer, died from injuries received [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 05 Jul 1919 pg 4], Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 06 Jul 1919 {NBI}

Allison, John Henry, 12 May 1916, electrocuted by coal cutting machine.

Atkins, Thomas, 09 Apr 1938, (accident: 01 Apr 1938), aged 46, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone.

Atkinson, Thomas, 17 May 1889, aged 54, Deputy, fall of a large stone while drawing out a broken jud, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 21 May 1889 {NBI}

Bainbridge, William, 06 Jun 1912, (accident: 30 May 1912), aged 67, Filler, he had pulled some ramble down and was removing this, when a piece of post stone fell on to his back; the injury was not thought to be serious, but pneumonia set in, and he died seven days later

Baker, Joseph, 31 Mar 1925, aged 57, Drawer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 04 Apr 1925 {NBI}

Baker, William, 28 Oct 1911, aged 40, Timberer, he was timbering on a coal cutter face preparatory to the coal cutter following on; while in the act of cutting a hole in the coal to receive a balk end a large triangular piece of stone fell from between breakers on to him and killed him; the maximum timbering distance for the seam was 5 feet, but the area from which the stone fell (9 feet by 6 feet) was not supported; his death was the result of his neglect in not observing the Timbering Rules, Buried: Christ Church Churchyard, Great Lumley.      

Balwer, Robert, 13 Feb 1899, aged 36, Hewer, He and another man were working in a skirting and kirved a jud. Deceased then started to make a hole in the coal to put a wedge in to get the coal down, when it fell away at a slip, causing such severe injuries that he died shortly afterwards.

Barron, Thomas, 30 Jun 1904, aged 13, Driver, when in a pass-bye siding a piece of stone fell at two slips and caught him, killing him instantly.    

Barry, John, 09 Apr 1889, aged 59, Shifter, has been suffering from asthma for some time, took a fit while employed on main rolley way, and died soon after.

Bateman, Robert, 14 Aug 1913, [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 14 Aug 1913 pg 4]     

Bateman, Samson, 26 Oct 1887, aged 48, Hewer, fall of a large stone from between two slips at the face of a broken jud which had holed into an old place.

Bates, Bart, 16 Jan 1908, (accident: 03 Jan 1908), aged 30, Coal filler, Received a slight wound on his finger when setting a prop. He continued to work until 9th January and then stayed away. He died on 16th January from blood poisoning originating from the small wound on his finger.

Bell, J., 21 Aug 1941, (accident: 19 Aug 1941), aged 57, Puller Up, killed by a fall of stone.    

Best, J. B., 01 Apr 1935, aged 36, Cutter, crushed.

Bestford, Thomas, 28 Oct 1927, aged 14, Driver, crushed.   

Birtle, George, 06 Jan 1926, aged 49, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street.      

Blunt, Richard, 29 Jan 1929, aged 53, Hewer, fall, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 02 Feb 1929 {NBI}

Brown, George Robert, 14 Aug 1923, aged 66, Colliery Mechanic, collapsed and died in the fitting shop after carrying a 40lb. cast iron sludge valve from the stores, death was due to a ruptured aorta.   

Brown, William, 16 Oct 1899, aged 35, Stoneman, He was working along with his brother timbering a new air drift. They were preparing to put in a baulk, and to do this had to draw a middle prop which was in the way, and directly they did so a large stone fell away and killed deceased., Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 19 Oct 1899 [NBI]   

Brown, William, 09 Nov 1903, aged 53, Master Shifter, the deceased had two men working at a fall at a gateway canch and instructed them to put on a pack; he afterwards visited the place and was in the act of examining it when a stone fell and killed him, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 17 Nov 1903 {NBI}


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Bullen, Benjamin, 04 May 1906, (accident: 29 Apr 1906), aged 50, Stoneman, He was engaged drilling a shot-hole by the side of a waggonway when a stone from the side, eight feet above where he was working, fell upon him and killed him. The store fell from a slip, and was said to have been carefully examined before work was begun. [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 30 Apr 1906 pg 4], Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor


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Bullen, George Henry, 04 Nov 1932, aged 54, Shifter, died in Sunderland Royal Infirmary after his spine had been crushed when he was struck by a wooden baulk [date of inquest], Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 07 Nov 1932 {NBI}


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Burdon, Arthur A., 02 Aug 1938, (accident: 19 Jul 1938), aged 39, Filler, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin, West Rainton


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Collins, Septimus A., 16 Dec 1924, aged 42, Filler, killed by a fall of stone


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Corfield, Thomas, 20 May 1943, aged 59, Drawer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Coxon, -, 22 Aug 1766, shown in the Bishop's transcripts for Chester-le-Street as being burnt at Lambton, Buried: 31 Aug 1766 [More information ...]


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Davison, William, 22 Apr 1915, aged 50, Coal Cutter, killed by a fall of stone whilst working in the 1st East District, Five Quarter Seam


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Dixon, Thomas, 22 Nov 1902, aged 27, Labourer, he was fastening waterproof sheets on some trucks, when, probably owing to the greasy state of the rails, some other trucks slowly moved away behind and crushed him, causing fatal injuries


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Dodds, Benjamin, 29 Jan 1931, aged 16, Switch Attendant, he was killed when he was caught in the coal conveyor. His body was found lying between the guide drum and the side of the belt. Harry Joyce, deputy, told the coroner that Dodds had probably being trying to clean some coal out of the drum when the belt started ; it was not his duty to do so


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Elliott, George, 11 Jun 1908, [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 11 Jun 1908]


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Ellison, George Thirtle, 31 Mar 1931, aged 32, Deputy, caught by cutter, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 04 Apr 1931 {NBI}


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Errington, Nicholas E., 14 Jul 1947, aged 34, Putter, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: All Saints Churchyard, Penshaw


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Errington, William, 13 Apr 1911, (accident: 12 Apr 1911), aged 36, Hewer, he was found by the putter lying unconscious in his place; he partly revived, and said a piece of stone had fallen and hit him on the head; the largest piece of stone that could be found weighed 5 lbs; the height of the seam was 5 feet 6 inches; there were no external evidences of injury, but he died the next day; an inquest was held on 15th April, following a post-mortem; in accordance with the medical evidence the jury found that death was due to haemorrhage on the brain, caused by a blow on the head, Buried: Hillside Cemetery, Houghton-le-Spring


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Etherington, John Thomas, 30 May 1919, aged 22, buried by a fall of stone and killed, Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle



Finlay, William H. Saunders, 01 Jan 1928, (accident: 16 Dec 1927), aged 41, Cutter, killed by a fall of stone



Forster, John George, 30 Jun 1924, aged 64, Hewer, crushed by trucks


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Forster, Robert Fatherley, 28 Aug 1904, (accident: 15 Feb 1901), aged 26, Coal Filler, died to-day from injuries received to his spine by a fall of stone on February 15th, 1901, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Foster, James, 19 Feb 1946, aged 24, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Garbutt, Peter McDougal, 09 Jun 1915, (accident: 18 Sep 1913), aged 28, Coal Cutter, Suffered a broken back when he was caught by a fall of stone. He was taken to Sunderland Infirmary, where he spent over six months before being discharged as incurable. He lingered until 9th June 1915, when he died from 'exhaustion, following on blood poisoning, in consequence of extensive bed sores and abscessed, which were the result of his paralytic condition'


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Gardiner, -, 22 Aug 1766, shown in the Bishop's transcripts for Chester-le-Street as being burnt at Lambton, Buried: 31 Aug 1766 [More information ...]


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Geddes, Robert, 02 Aug 1904, aged 49, Shifter, died from effects of strangulated hernia alleged to have been caused by lifting pipes in pit, but medical evidence and post-mortem showed that strangulation could not have occurred in the pit


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Gleason, Ralph, 05 Jan 1906, aged 37, Hewer, As he was stepping into the cage to ride it was drawn away, and he was caught and thrown down the shaft., Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 08 Jan 1906 {NBI} [More information ...]


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Glendenning, William, 24 Aug 1930, aged 60, Deputy, when the 10 o'clock shift went down Glendenning was not at his usual post to examine the men's lamps; a search was made and he was found lying dead on the roadway; he had just celebrated his birthday that day


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Glendinning, John William, 10 May 1912, aged 22, Locomotive driver, it is assumed he was running forward to open a switch, during shunting operations, when he fell in front of the waggons and was run over


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Goodhall, Walter, 17 Dec 1913, aged 35, Shifter, deceased was engaged in taking down a canch at a flat; he tried to pull a large stone down with his pick, but failed to do so; he then went under the stone to loosen it, when it fell on him, killing him almost instantly; deceased showed great thoughtlessness; probably if a pinch bar had been used the fatality would not have occurred


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Gordon, George, 27 Dec 1934, aged 58, he collapsed and died near the end of his shift, death was due to 'heart failure following coronary thombosis'


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Gowland, Thomas, 29 Nov 1877, aged 47, Deputy, fall of stone while drawing timber in an old headway


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Gray, John William, 12 Feb 1921, aged 38, Stoneman, killed by a fall of stone


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Greenwell, G. D., 24 Sep 1945, aged 60, Stoneman, killed by a fall of stone



Grieves, Henry Burden Taylor, 15 Aug 1924, aged 33, Putter, caught by set


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Hamilton, Richard, 12 Apr 1881, (accident: 02 Apr 1881), aged 20, Shaftman, broken leg and severe bruises, he fell off cage top 10 fathoms while taking out pipe [More information ...]


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Hann, James, 17 Nov 1917, (accident: 11 Oct 1917), aged 19, Driver, died from the result of injuries received when in the act of taking the harness off his pony


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Harkness, Robert, 17 Sep 1921, (accident: 08 Sep 1921), aged 49, Puller Up, killed by a fall of stone


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Haswell, Andrew Craswell, 11 Nov 1897, aged 31, Hewer, He was hewing in a loose end jud when a fall of stone came away at the goaf edge to a hitch leader running across the place and caught him, causing severe injuries from which he died four hours afterwards


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Henderson, August, 06 Aug 1918, aged 42, Coal Filler, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Henderson, Thomas, 01 Sep 1931, aged 48, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 05 Sep 1931 {NBI}



Hills, C., 20 Jun 1933, (accident: 16 Oct 1929), aged 51, Shifter, fall of stone, died from injuries received


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House, William, 04 Feb 1930, aged 27, Shifter, fell against shaft bunting killing him instantly [More information ...]


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Humphrey, John, 07 May 1903, aged 37, Coal Filler, he was drawing timber in a coal cutting face, when a large fall took place at goaf side, and caught and killed him; his son (John Cecil) was killed in the same pit 16 years later, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 11 May 1903 {NBI} [More information ...]


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Humphrey, John Cecil, 06 Aug 1919, aged 17, Putter, killed in the Main Coal seam when his head was caught between a tub and a prop; his father (John) was killed in the same pit 16 years earlier, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 09 Aug 1919 {NBI}


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Hutchinson, James, 16 Jul 1920, aged 54, Stoneman, After a shot had been fired, John Goldsbrough began taking stones from Hutchinson and putting them further into the goaf. Without warning, a large stone fell on Hutchinson; it took about 45 minutes to recover his body [date of inquest]


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Iley, Frederick Newyears, 10 Mar 1937, aged 58, Drawer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 13 Mar 1937 {NBI}


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Ingleby, Henry, 17 Aug 1917, aged 16, Landing Lad, killed instantly when struck by the set [date of report]


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Johnson, George, 29 Jan 1912, aged 17, Set Rider, he was engaged on the night shift in clearing the full tubs out of various landings; a boy, who came in from the shaft to see what was keeping the set, stated that deceased had tried to signal and telephone but could get no answer; deceased then sent the boy out again to telephone to the engineman from the shaft bottom to tell him to draw the set in to the landing; this was done, but deceased was found later lying by the side of the road, the set having run over him and dragged him for about 20 yards; he died on the following day, but how the accident occurred is a matter of conjecture; the deputy stated that he used the telephone shortly afterwards to call for help and it was then in order, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 03 Feb 1912 {NBI}


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Jones, Robert, 08 Nov 1908, aged 26, Stoneman, struck by a stone from a shot on a waggon-way


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Jones, William Ellis, 19 Dec 1921, aged 18, Rope Lad, there were no witnesses to the accident, and it was supposed that he "had tried to fix an old clip on to a tub, and by some means had either fallen or been thrown against the tub, causing a fracture of the skull."



Kirtley, Robert, 1961, aged 51, [approximate date]


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Langley, William Archibald, 18 Dec 1938, (accident: 02 Dec 1938), aged 25, Putter, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Lawton, John William, 19 Jan 1955, aged 59, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Lewis, Edward, 08 Feb 1922, aged 26, Stoneman, he and some other stonemen were building a pack wall and setting girders on the engine plane; just as they lifted the second girder into position a stone fell from the roof and killed him instantly



Lydiatt, J., 14 Mar 1933, aged 56, Shifter, killed by a fall of stone


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Lynn, Thomas, 06 May 1887, aged 18, Shifter, suffocated [More information ...]


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Maddison, Alexander Charles, 01 Mar 1939, aged 18, Driver, crushed, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 04 Mar 1939 {NBI}


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Marley, Ralph, 15 Feb 1901, (accident: 12 Feb 1901), aged 15, Driver, lowering full timber tram over the points at the flat to unload it, when it got away and crushed him between it and an empty tub, causing internal injuries


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Mason, George T., 31 Aug 1893, aged 41, Shifter, After finishing his shift, he had just reached home when he died suddenly from heart disease. He had suffered from this complaint for some months. Ventilation of pit all right.


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McKenzie, Thompson, 25 Jan 1930, (accident: 23 Jan 1930), aged 55, Shifter, died from injuries received, Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle


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Middlemas, Joseph, 16 Mar 1954, aged 61, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor


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Miller, John George, 18 Mar 1926, aged 32, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Christ Church Churchyard, Great Lumley


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Miller, Robert, 18 Oct 1894, 3:00 p.m., 8th hour of shift, aged 22, Platelayer, He was attempting to get on a set of wagons while in motion, and fell and was run over


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Moran, William, 20 Sep 1918, aged 49, Stoneman, they were driving a drift when a large fall of stone came away and buried them, both men were killed instantly


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Murtagh, James C., 18 May 1894, 9:00 a.m., 5th hour of shift, aged 25, Hewer, fall of stone from a slip in the face of a broken jud [Sunderland Daily Echo reports: accident - 21 May 1894 pg 3 col 3]


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Naisbett, Frank, 29 Mar 1897, aged 61, Shifter, He and another man were raising timber and some stone fell from the side and the fright caused him to have an apoplectic seizure. Died same day


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Nichols, W., 26 Aug 1941, (accident: 18 Jun 1940), aged 48, Cutter, silicosis


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Nicholson, Arthur William, 20 Sep 1918, aged 35, Stoneman, they were driving a drift when a large fall of stone came away and buried them, both men were killed instantly


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Nixon, Benjamin, 22 Dec 1858, aged 14, Pony Driver, killed by a fall of stone


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Oliver, T., 25 Jul 1943, (accident: 07 Mar 1936), aged 69, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone


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Palmer, John, 14 Jun 1866, aged 27, Hewer, crushed in engine plane


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Parton, John, 02 Sep 1907, [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 02 Sep 1907]


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Passmore, James, 12 Apr 1897, aged 17, Run Rider, He was riding on the last tub of an empty set as it was going in-bye on the engine plane, when a large fall of roof took place and killed him [Sunderland Daily Echo reports: accident - 13 Apr 1897 pg 3]


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Passmore, Robert, 10 Nov 1908, aged 38, Hewer, drowned by an irruption of water at a hitch [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 11 Nov 1908]


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Patterson, John Charles, 13 Nov 1913, aged 37, Teemer, it was part of deceased's duty to brake wagons down an easy incline to a drop when loading a ship; a chock was provided for protection when teeming was suspended; he brought down a full wagon and saw when close to the chock that it was on; he then ran in front of the moving wagon to take it off; he managed to do so, but was caught by the truck, which knocked him down and then ran over him; his death was the result of his own forgetfulness


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Patterson, Thomas, 15 Apr 1913, (accident: 07 Apr 1913), aged 69, Filler, deceased was engaged setting timber up to some ramble, when a stone fell upon him; several slips were visible after the fall; he died on 15th April [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 17 Apr 1913 pg 6 col 3], Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle


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Patteson, Edward, 17 Mar 1882, aged 15, Driver, limbers came off while coming outbye, and he fell among the tubs and was run over


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Pratt, Barrass Robinson, 04 Mar 1921, aged 14, Driver, suffered injuries to his back and legs when he was crushed by a large stone, he died before reaching home, Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle


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Reed, John, 19 Jul 1899, aged 22, Coal Cutter, He was fixing the cutter wheel on to the coal cutter, when the compressed air was turned on; the valve to the engine had not been properly closed, and the wheel revolved and caught his legs, causing severe compound fracture. Died nine hours afterwards., Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 23 Jul 1899 {NBI}


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Reed, Mary Ann, 29 Dec 1894, aged 29, Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 01 Jan 1895 {NBI}


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Robinson, Arthur, 22 Feb 1909, aged 22, Timberer, he was preparing to set a prop when a stone 7 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 12 inches thick, fell from a slip and killed him [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 23 Feb 1909], Buried: St. Joseph's (Roman Catholic) Churchyard, Stanley


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Robinson, Thomas, 19 Jul 1908, (accident: 07 Jul 1908), aged 34, Bottom Cutter, he was taking up bottom in a road when a stone fell from a slip on the left side of the place and a joint on the right side, and, swinging out the timber, killed him; the timber had been set on the edge of the cut, and the fall had thrust it out — not broken it [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 09 Jul 1908], Buried: St. Cuthberts Churchyard, East Rainton


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Robson, William Proudlock, 29 Jun 1935, aged 41, Buried: Christ Church Churchyard, Great Lumley


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Smith, David, 27 Mar 1907, aged 30, Master Shifter, he was electrocuted by a leakage of current from the trailing cable of a coal cutter [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 27 Mar 1907], Buried: Houghton Cemetery [More information ...]


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Smith, William, 04 Feb 1932, aged 53, Engine plane worker, he was caught by a set of tubs at the shaft bottom and fatally injured


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Soames, William Lovell, 28 Jun 1922, aged 60, Belt Engineman, knocked down and killed by the colliery engine


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Stark, J., 08 Apr 1943, (accident: 07 Oct 1938), aged 53, killed by a fall of stone


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Stovers, Jennry, 09 Apr 1906, aged 21m, [Not employed], burnt on pit heap


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Swan, Richard Dixon, 09 Jan 1903, aged 16, Water Leader, two shifters were engaged taking down stone on a road, and at the time of the accident had gone back a distance of 30 yards to get a meal, deceased who was employed leading water on the in-bye side, went to join them, and in passing under where some timber had been drawn a stone fell and killed him [More information ...]



Swinney, Robert, 23 Sep 1929, aged 55, Banksman, fell from gangway


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Thirtle, George, 06 May 1887, aged 49, Shifter, suffocated [More information ...]


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Thompson, John, 04 Mar 1908, (accident: 28 Feb 1908), aged 66, Shifter, when making a gateway ready and altering the timber, a stone fell upon him, causing internal injuries; he died four days after


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Tindale, Thomas, 02 Aug 1908, (accident: 28 Jul 1908), aged 20, Cleaning kirvings out, He was scraping the kirvings out of the kirving made by a coal cutting machine when a stone 5 feet long by 4½ feet wide by 12 inches thick at one side and tapering to a feather edge at the other, fell from between the two planks and injured his spine. He died on 2nd August. The face was timbered with planks 5 feet apart, this distance for the future will be reduced to four feet [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 04 Aug 1908]


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Todd, Alexander, 08 Feb 1883, (accident: 02 Feb 1883), aged 45, Hewer, both legs broken and injury to back by a fall of stone from a slip


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Towers, John, 11 Mar 1921, aged 45, Stoneman, Died suddenly just after arriving home from work at the pit. He had only restarted work after being off three months suffering from the effects of having been gassed in France during the war. [Date of newspaper report]


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Towers, Thomas, 17 Oct 1922, aged 26, Filler, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: Houghton Cemetery


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Trewitt, Ouston, Jan 1834, run over by waggons [Sunderland Herald reports: accident - 10 Jan 1834 pg 2 col 6]


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Trowell, Jackson, 29 Jul 1902, (accident: 14 May 1902), aged 58, Deputy, he was assisting to get a tub on to way by pushing behind it; pony clicked away, and he fell forward and slightly cut his forehead, paralysis supervened


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Tulip, Samuel, 22 Feb 1853, aged 42, Sinker, he was widening the shaft of the Lady Ann Pit, near Great Lumley, when a quantity of clay and earth fell on the cradle on which he was working. He fell to the bottom of the shaft and was killed; his body was recovered on the following Saturday morning, Buried: St. Mary's and St. Cuthbert's Church, Chester-le-Street on 28 Feb 1853


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Turner, Thomas, 04 Jun 1914, aged 15, Pony Driver, Deceased left the putters to go to a passbye with a load of three full tubs, and was later found lying between the rails with his head crushed. The pony went on to its destination with the load. Hair and blood were found on a projecting stone at the side, evidence that the lad's head had been crushed between that point and a tub.


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Watson, John, 14 Feb 1871, aged 13, Wailer, crushed between waggons


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Watt, Charles William, 04 May 1922, aged 61, Hewer, killed by a fall of stone, Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle


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Weeks, Thomas, 05 Mar 1907, aged 16, Driver, his head was caught between a prop and the side of his tub when driving and sitting on the limbers [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 07 Mar 1907], Buried: St. Barnabas Churchyard, Bournmoor on 09 Mar 1907 {NBI}


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Welshaw, William, 10 Jun 1908, aged 38, Cleaning out kirvings, when preparing for the coal-cutting machine to travel along the face by removing a small fall that had occurred, a large stone, 15 feet long by 4 feet wide by 2 feet thick, broke down the four planks set to support it and killed him; the face had been idle for six days, and this had allowed the stone to weight and break off along the face; the side of the stone next the goaf was formed by a bright curved slip [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 11 Jun 1908], Buried: Christ Church Churchyard, Great Lumley


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Whitling, James Russell, 07 Apr 1913, (accident: 05 Apr 1913), aged 38, Filler, deceased was filling coals in a machine cut long wall face, when some undercut coal and ramble fell over on to him; he died on 7th April, 1913 [Sunderland Echo reports: accident - 09 Apr 1913 pg 3 col 3] ; his brother Richard was killed a year later at Lumley Colliery, Buried: St. Matthew's Churchyard, Newbottle


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Willis, Thomas, 05 Nov 1903, (accident: 16 Dec 1902), aged 29, Brakesman at Coal Cutting Machine, Died from injuries received on December 16th, 1902. He was standing between two chocks superintending the coal cutting machine, when a stone fell from a slip next to the goaf, and killed him. [More information ...]


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Wilson, John, 11 Jun 1881, aged 49, Shifter, took away a small locomotive in pit, a thing he had no right to do, and it collided with some tubs and crushed him to death


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Wilson, William, 20 Aug 1914, (accident: 22 Aug 1910), aged 42, Shifter, it was alleged that death was accelerated by injuries received in 1910 by a fall of stone when his left leg was injured and subsequently amputated


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Wright, Albert, 06 Oct 1927, (accident: 02 Aug 1927), aged 47, Cutter, killed by a fall of stone



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