Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

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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 ...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.

Famous Cricketer

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

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 ...Read full memory

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About this photo

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.

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