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  2. The asbestos never got us ... we're both still 'fighting fit'. Mind, he still smokes! I've been thinking about those redundant boilers and I'm sure they were heated by combusted coal dust blown into the furnaces - I recall big blowers as part of the tackle. I doubt gas would have been used as this pre-dated North Sea gas so enormous quantities of Town Gas would have been needed. Maybe there's some 'old timers' out there who'll confirm.
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  4. Symptoms - You're a STAR🌟 That's fantastic - just what I was after. I would assume that someone made arrangements with the NCB so they left this building but demolished everything else - probably the company you're referring to. You can just imagine a use like that for a former colliery site and building. Hope your brother was never affected by the asbestos exposure ! Once again Many Thanks. Gary
  5. 1968 not 1969 ... perhaps my brain is turning to mush!
  6. A prolific thief has been banned from all Sunderland's main shopping outlets. Samuel Metcalf, 35, is forbidden from setting foot in The Bridges Shopping Centre, Hylton Riverside Retail Park, Roker Retail Park and Pallion Retail Park for the next two years. The restrictions are set out in a Criminal Behaviour Order which came into effect last month (February) as a result of theft offences he has committed across the city. Metcalf, of Norfolk Street, Sunderland , has had four shoplifting convictions since August 2018 and was also convicted of a public order offence after becoming aggressive and threatening a shop worker when confronted about his behaviour. He is now no longer permitted to enter any of the city’s prime shopping outlets until 2021, and faces prison if he fails to comply or ignores any of the order’s strict conditions. Metcalf must also leave any other shop or commercial premises if asked by staff.
  7. It was used as engineering manufacturing company that produced nuts and bolts, and other fittings. How do I know this? My old man knew the boss and arranged for me and my brother to have a holiday job there during the school Easter hols of 1969; It was arranged that I could use some of the facilities to finish off my A'Level Engineering project - a racing kart (some folks call them go-karts but this was a serious bit of kit). I bent the tubular chassis there on their pipe bending machine and welded it together with their oxy-axcetelene gear ... the school didn't have this type of tackle. Anyway, what i recall was banks of multi-chuck automatic machines producing bolts in their thousands, turning the hexagonal bar stock to size, threading and then parting-off ... the finished items cascaded into metal bins for fork lifting away. Whilst I worked on my kart my brother got the job of stripping the asbestos lagging off three (it might have been two ... memory fade) huge boilers using a hammer, saw and crowbar. This was 1969 and well before H&S at Work Act ... no protective gear apart from a mask and dust everywhere. So these boilers play into baths theory. I can't recall the name of the firm.
  8. Hi Alan, Thanks for all that but the point of my interest in the site is purely what the building which remained onsite after the colliery closure was used for - POST CLOSURE. I don't know where I found the aerial photo but its attached below. Regards Gary
  9. Photo from Dale Foster and names from dale , Colleen Spencer - Jan Hume & Michael Dunn.
  10. Don't know the exact year the school was built. I would assume there would be some colliery rows built when the colliery was due to start production. The Durham Mining Museum does not have a year against when the colliery was opened but it does have 1982 as the first year coal was output. The First Edition of the OS map of the Cambois area held on the National Library of Scotland is 1859 (published 1865) and there is no colliery or houses. The Second Edition - 1896 (published 1898) shows the colliery, many pit rows and the school etc.
  11. @Gary Park - these are the only three photos of the Colliery I can find. They were posted on Facebook - Past Times group - and the aerial shot is posted with an estimated date of c1956 but with no evidence for that date :-
  12. Can't find any aerial pics (yet) of the West Sleekburn Colliery. The old maps show a few buildings but they aren't always reliable. The Durham Mining Museum (DMM) site records the first output of coal as 1882 and the first map I can find with the colliery on is 1898 and it shows an air shaft in the area of the building you are looking at @Gary Park. If I find any aerial photos, and I remember why I'm after them, I will post them
  13. Hi High Pit Wilma, Thanks for that - I think you're right - looking at an old aerial photo of the colliery (although most of the building I'm interest in is hidden behind the headgear). The westernmost part of that building which was left onsite following the closure of the colliery was the winding house (almost identical to the one still standing at Earsdon - Fenwick Colliery), the boiler chimney behind that and other associated uses in the attached building behind including (as you stated) baths, equipment storage etc. - although the baths weren't opened until 1951. However, I'm more interested in what the use of this building was after the colliery closed (see attached with red outline of the building left after the closure of the colliery and which was demolished some time after 1977. This is now on the site of the first unit on your right when you enter the industrial estate (previously Elite Car Transport Ltd). This is the building which is shown as "works" on the earlier map. Cheers Gary
  14. This one is fleeing alang - by the time I posted this screen print the vote had increased to 103,521. So 100 + votes in a minute (approx).
  15. Photo from Gordon Chapman and names from Margaret Davison.
  16. ....and bringing up thi reor,as usual,is a big hope that yi had a gud'n,Brian!! Cheers Mate!
  17. Hi Gary! Welcome to the forums! Ye'll find there's a lot of gud canny members on here. Noo,as for me,a rite like a taak,not on porpose mind...that's thi way aam is. So,wat aa think,lukkin' at thi sketch,and using me experience of pitwark,is,that yon buildin' was probably..mind a say ...probably...thi pit baths. If ye tek notice it's the forst buildin' ye cum ti off thi entrance road,which was typical,and commmonsensicle,for the pitmen ti waak up thi pit road,and gaan stryt in ti thi baths ti get tha clean claas off,and get tha dorty claas on,ti gaa doon thi pit. That's the way most pits were,except for them pits like Linton pit,which nivvor had baths till not lang afore it closed..wor Aad Chep worked there till it closed from aboot 1944-ish,just when aa was born,and he aalwis came yem black as a craa..alang wi ivry body else.Naebody wud sit aside the Linton Pitmen,on the buses,unless tha was nae seats and they were desperate for a sit-doon! Eggy might find sum aad aerial pics ,[usually tekkn from thi top of thi pit heap,in thi auld days],on Facebook,where we might be able ti get a better idea of thi pit layoot. AA might be a thoosand miles wrang,Gary, it might hae been the boiler-hooses for the steam winders...they were pretty big buildings an aal....a stand to be corrected as aalwis!!
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  19. Hi, I'm looking to find out what the larger colliery building which was left after the closure of the colliery (1962) was used for. This building was the one which was approximately midway between the Cambois rail line to the north of the colliery and the internal colliery lines running from the West Sleekburn Junction to the shafts and screens then on to the soil heaps. On the 1977 Ordnance Survey maps this building is marked as "works" but by the mid-1980s / mid-1990s the building had been demolished. Please see attached map from 1977 - the building in question is ringed. Anything would be helpful - uses or company names...anything. Many thanks Gary
  20. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/243947?fbclid=IwAR2D0y8J4ZkZe-qG_sANODtW3l6lyU_EHNUiY2UfFh6sYN6eT2NZZi_DmZc
  21. Photo from Dale Foster and names from Dale and Suzanne Carr.
  22. Think this one might to out to be flat, or a red herring https://twitter.com/PeteWishart/status/1106912979000459264
  23. I wonder how many "patriotic Kippers" will see it through to the end? I wonder if we'll be able to make comparisons with all those other great marches from history?
  24. Happy birthday @Brian Cross. Hope you had a good one.
  25. Photo from Katherine Mclaird and Janet Madine. Names from Margaret Davison.
  26. Photo from Ian Foster - names from Pat Robinson. The Teacher Mrs Norma Stewart, nee Clark, was a Bedlington grammar school pupil - 1960 to 1967.
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