Thursday 1 September 2022
Frm Pit To Dock
fbb is grateful to correspondent and chum Peter for helping identify the sites of the collieries in the Seaham empire of The Earl of Londonderry.
To the south of town was Dawdon pit.
Also on the above map, bottom left is "Sch".
... noting the "L" for Londonderry. Other colliery lettering is available. The wagons were always black. Even if they weren't black when built, they soon attained the colour of their contents.
Getting coal to boat was tricky and structures changed over the years. Originally there was a rope hauled slope to get wagons to and from the "sea" level.
There were sidings on the upper lever, now a Shopping Centre.
The former track is now a footpath seen below on the right in an avenue of trees.
If you know where to look, you can ferret out a little of Seaham's coal mining heritage.
So far so good - but what of the docks themselves. Is anything left.
Tomorrow's blog will investigate.
THE ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ WILL APPEEAR IN SATURDAY'S AND SUNDAY'S BLOGS.
Next Seaham blog : Friday 2nd September