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Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Photo of Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

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Memories of Blackhall Colliery

Ballroom Dancing Days

I was born in 1962  and at the age of 4yrs went to a dance school in blackhall called Hall dance school Does any one know Bob and Doris at the time they may not ...Read full memory

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 ...Read full memory

The Trust

The trust was at the bottom of 9th and 10th, facing the railway station, and then later the navy club. I was born in Blackhall in Lime Avenue and when I was about 5 we moved ...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 ...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.