Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

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Memories of Blackhall Colliery

Blackhall, The Good Old Days

I was born in Blackhall in 1940 and lived in 11th Street and went to school at Henry Smiths - hated it, so I borrowed a fiver off my granda, signed my parents name on the form, and left when I was 15 (in ...Read full memory

Stephen Holmes

I remember my friends and I found ,on blackhall beach some explosives, one of our group (no names no pack drill) made use of them to blow up one of the most popular caves at the rocks, I can still hear the shouts as ...Read full memory

The Beach

This photo shows Crimdon Dene beach. Blackhall beach at that time was covered in coal dust and slurry caused by the tipping of the Colliery waste into the sea.

2nd Street

My grandad lived in Second Street (Joseph Harding), I only ever met him once. I am now 68. He was my mum's dad. He worked in the local pit. My mum moved to London when she was very young, as her dad had remarried and ahe ...Read full memory

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History

Here we see summer skies and golden sands. However, some areas of the Durham coast were polluted with spoil dumped directly into the sea from nearby collieries. Enterprising locals discovered that wave action separated coal from stone, so there was no need to buy coal when it could be picked for free from the beach; some even turned it into a business. At least one local authority tried to put a stop to the practice, but deservedly fell foul of the common law right to pick sea coals for nothing.