Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

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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.

Memories of Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c1965

Famous Cricketer

The name of the cricketer that came to play at Blackhall from Barbados was called Desmond Haynes I think

My Grandparents Live In Blackhall

My grandparents spent nearly all of their married life in Blackhall and my grandad still lives there today. I'm 37 now and live on the other side of the world. I have lots of great memories. I used to spend a lot of time at the swings in the park next to the cricket and bowling ground with my sisters. I'd take walks along the beach banks with my Nan, sisters or on my own with their dog. I remember going to Crimdon and if the car park was nearly empty, my grandad would let us sit on his knee and drive his van around in circles, the perimeter of the car park. I lived with my family in Peterlee and moved away to the south of England when I was seven years old, but we'd visit often and stay in ...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.

Memories of Blackhall Colliery

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 the blast shower,d us with debris jerry johnson claimed it was the loudest noise he had ever heard.

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 couldn't get on with her step mother, her older sister, Olive had already moved there. I came up ...Read full memory

Childhood Nee Jackson

Born in 1936 at Blackhall Rocks. Went to junior school at Blackhall Colliery and then to Henry Smith at Hartlepool. Nana used to live in Third Street (Graham) with my 3 uncles (Thomas, Jack and Stanley). I have very fond memories of this period of my life and going to Crimdon Dene for days out and to play ...Read full memory

Going To Meet Dad

My favourite memory of living in Blackhall Colliery was of going to meet my dad from the pit baths, I used to sit on the top steps or swing on the hand rail waiting for him and listen to all the men sing, it was the best feeling even now. Then when some of them would leave they would shout "She's there Jimmy" to ...Read full memory

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