Last modified on 18 July 2014, at 16:05

Beamish Museum: Colliery

"Beamish Colliery, Owners: James Joicey & Company, Manager: William Severs"

The Colliery in Beamish Museum is in the south of the site, inside the tram oval, to the east of the Pit Village, through which it is accessed, via Pitfield Street. The site has a railway system, which also has some sidings which extend NW around the northern edge of the village.

General viewsEdit

The Pith Head and Boiler House buildings are at the south of the site. From the head, a wooden railway gangway extending north to a slag heap, and a covered conveyor extending west over the railway. The rails run north, with sidings to two engine sheds, with the track exiting north between them. On the east side is the Lamp Cabin

EntranceEdit

Entrance buildingEdit

Object location 54° 53′ 01.33″ N, 1° 39′ 39.83″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Standing just to the north of the entrance is this small building.

Pit head structuresEdit

At the head of the pit are two buildings - a square brick tower, which is the winding engine house, and the red heapstead (timber framed headstock building). A stationary steam engine in the engine house powers the winding wheel at the top of the heapstead - this hoists men and material up the mine shaft - the material is then screened, with the spoil sent along the elevated timber railway to the spoil heap, and the coal tipped into wagons on the railway sidings below.

Exterior overviewEdit

Engine house:

Object location 54° 52′ 58.93″ N, 1° 39′ 32.77″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Exterior detailEdit

InteriorEdit

Winding engineEdit

Jack engineEdit

The Jack engine is used as a secondary power source in the winding engine house.

Wolsingham EngineEdit

The Wolsingham Engine is a small steam engine in the hepstead that powers the picking belts (jiggers)

HepsteadEdit

Slag heap rail gangwayEdit

Boiler HouseEdit

Object location 54° 52′ 59.61″ N, 1° 39′ 31.96″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Coal winchEdit

Object location 54° 52′ 59.38″ N, 1° 39′ 34.37″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Lamp CabinEdit

Object location 54° 52′ 59.7″ N, 1° 39′ 38.13″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

ExteriorEdit

InteriorEdit

Colliery railwayEdit

Standard gaugeEdit

West sidingsEdit

Beamish Engine WorksEdit

Object location 54° 53′ 01.62″ N, 1° 39′ 38.21″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info
ExteriorEdit
InteriorEdit

Narrow gaugeEdit

Drift mineEdit

The former 'Mahogany Drift'. The mouth of the drift mine tunnel is in the south west corner of the Colliery site. Opening near the lamp cabin, it runs directly south, under the southern section of the tramway. Outside, a small wagon way runs north along the west side of the lamp cabin, to winding gear (a Tinsley Winch) at its NW corner.

Tunnel entrance:

Object location 54° 52′ 58.58″ N, 1° 39′ 38.79″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Winding gear:

Object location 54° 53′ 00.08″ N, 1° 39′ 38.74″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Picnic area / Boltons Temperance BarEdit

Object location 54° 53′ 02.11″ N, 1° 39′ 39.56″ W View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Maps - Google Earth info

Situated between the Miners Cottages in the Pit Village to the west, and the Beamish Engine Works in the Colliery to the west

Other yard objectsEdit