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North East of England

Discussion in 'Photographic Locations' started by John King, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    If you are into industrial and in particular that connected with the coal mining industry, you could do a lot worse than visit the North East of England, in particular Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and county Durham.

    All are mainly out door locations so in the event of bad weather good waterproof clothing is a necessity rather than just advised.
    The sites that come to mind are:-

    Northumberland Mining Museum, This is on the colliery site of Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington. There is a entry fee of about £5. There is disabled access and a café.

    Grove Rake Mine, west of Stanhope in Weardale. This is the last remaining deep level, lead mine with surface machinery and workings still in place. This site is usually deserted and there is no entry charge.

    Bowes Railway and Mining Museum. Mainly situated in the village of Springwell just south Of Gateshead. Here you will find the site of the only industrial rope worked standard gauge incline railway in the world. It is partially intact. There large fully equipped workshops with operating machinery, blacksmiths, restoration. You can self guide or take a guided tour around the site. This guided tour is advised because some of the site can be dangerous, so visitors must be accompanied. Photography is welcomed. There is some disabled access, but as it was a working mine and workshops this makes full access impossible. There is a small entry charge and café. Check the website for opening days in 2020.(after March) www.bowesmuseum.uk

    Washington 'F' pit. Located in the town of Washington. This was linked underground to the Bowes site and is only open on odd days. They have a website which should be checked before visiting. Situated in Washington itself.

    Tanfield Railway. A sprawling railway site about 8 miles west of the Bowes Mining Museum. The Bowes colliery line actually passed through the site before it was closed operationally. Their engine shed was part of that line as well. Trains run, usually on Sundays only but access to the site can be gained most days.
    Nearest town is Stanley, Co Durham.

    Causey Arch Bridge. The oldest railway bridge in the world originally used to move coal down to the River Tyne. To get to the bridge involves a strenuous but short climb, but is well worth it. There is a good car park at the start and a café but this not open on Mondays. Nearest town is Stanley, Co Durham. (No charge for access.)
     
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