Washington 'F' Pit Industrial Museum


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Location: Washington. 8 km southeast of Newcastle
Map Ref: (Sheet 88) NZ302574, (54°54'38" N, 1°1'40" W)
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Address: Washington 'F' Pit Industrial Museum, Albany Way, District 2, Washington, NE37 1BJ, Tel: +44-191-553-2323. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1777pit opened.
????owned by Washington Coal Co. Ltd..
1927owned by Matthew Henry Kellett.
1947owned by the National Coal Board (N.C.B.).
21-JUN-1968pit closed.
1974last coal mine at Washington closed.

Geology

There were several coal seams below Washington which were mined. The four mined seems were about one metre thick and at depths between 146m and 206m.

  1. Main Coal seam: 1m thick, 146m below surface.
  2. Maudlin seam: between 1.40m and 1.80m thick, 165m below surface.
  3. Low Main seam: 1.06m thick, 185m below surface.
  4. Hutton seam: 0.93m thick, 206m below surface.

Description

The main sight of the Washington ‘F’ Pit is a Victorian steam engine, engine house and headgear. This are the last remains of a 250 years long coal mining history. The winding engine once took pitmen to the coal face and brought coal to the surface. The steam engine is not working with steam any more, but it is well preservered and can be seen working, driven by an electric motor.


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