Tyne and Wear HER(2258): Jarrow Colliery (Alfred Pit) - Details
Title of image: Jarrow Colliery
Date: circa 1840
Description: The print shows the workings at pit head of the colliery in Jarrow. The pit was sunk in 1803 but was hardly ever used after 1851, when it was left to decay.
Additional info: Drawing
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Mining Collection
Accession number: NCL 006097
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Jarrow Colliery (Alfred Pit)
Coal Mining Site
Jarrow Colliery, was connected to Jarrow Staith (SMR 2260) by a wagonway (SMR 2259). The first edition OS mapping shows the extents of the spoil heaps. Jarrow Colliery was opened in 1803 by Simon Temple who leased the coal royalties from the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral. Subsequent owners included Thomas and Robert Brown, D. Brown, W. Blackett and N. Wood, Anderson and Philipson (1850s). Several explosions - 25 September 1817, 6 were killed; 17 January 1826, 42 were killed; 15 March 1828, 8 were killed; 3 August 1830, 42 were killed; 21 August 1845, 39 were killed. It closed in 1851 after another explosion but was subsequently purchased by the Hetton Coal Company and worked from their other pits. Picture by TH Hair 1844.
<< HER 2258 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 3 N.T. Sinclair, & I.S. Carr, 1990, Railways of South Shields, p.3,12; www.dmm.org.uk; St. James' Heritage & Environment Group and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, 2012, Waiting at the Pit Head - Coal Mining Disasters on Tyneside (leaflet)