Photo of Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Blackhall Colliery, Crimdon Dene Beach c.1965

Neg. B327031

Memories of Blackhall Colliery

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

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

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 ...Read full memory

The Hardwick Hotel

I see an advertisement for "Chimneys Hotel" in Blackhall advertising as having been built in 1925 and formerly named the "Trust". I lived in the Trust as a boy but in Horden and believe the hotel in Blackhall (Chimneys) was in fact the "Hardwick". Can anyone tell me if I am right or wrong please?

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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.