Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
The Collieries Project - 2016
Chester-le-Street Heritage Group have embarked upon a new project, this time concentrating on the Collieries of Chester-le-Street and the surrounding area.
The boundaries for the surrounding area of the project have yet to be decided, but these are expected to include, Great Lumley in the east, Chester Moor to the south, Sacriston to the west and Ouston to the north.
SOUTH PELAW COLLIERY.
There was actually only one Colliery which came within the Chester-le-Street area and that was South Pelaw Colliery which was located just to the west of the present day Hilda Park housing estate.
WALDRIDGE “A” PIT.
The next closest colliery was situated 2 miles South West of Chester-le-Street in the village of Waldridge and was known as Waldridge “A” Pit which opened in 1831 and operated continuously until it closed in April 1926.
WALDRIDGE “D” PIT.
The sister colliery to Waldridge “A” Pit was Waldridge “D” Pit, with the shaft being sunk in 1874, opening in 1875 and was a 100 fathoms deep.
Waldridge “D” Pit closed in 1963 and the head gear was blown up in 1969 as part of the BBC “Germinal” film.
Your Help is Needed.
As all of the collieries in these areas have long since disappeared, the Heritage Group would like to collect as many memories as possible from Ex. Miners and their families. Ideally, contact should be made either via the Contact Us page on this website or by visiting our Heritage Group Meetings or Drop-In Sessions which are are detailed on the HOME PAGE of this website.
South Pelaw Colliery
Waldridge “A” Pit
Waldridge “D” Pit