Welcome to Collieries and Villages of Northumberland. In this, the first from our collection, we delve back into our past and see how the collieries and villages once looked. We use archive newsreels and still images to capture the content. We begin with Ashington, once the biggest mining village in the world. Plenty to witness here with Rogation Sunday, also the famous footballers the Charlton brothers enjoying the area and relaxing at home. Have a look at the Ashington Workshops too. The famous pitmen painters have a brief showing on the film.
There is Pegswood near Morpeth and Longhirst Drift, Linton Colliery, Wheatslade, Dudley and Seaton Delaval are also included in a brief visit.
Bates Colliery near Blyth and also the River Blyth along with the harbour shipping coal. The high ferry is on film briefly too.
Ellington Colliery is on film as we witness miners leave the surface and travel underground to operate the machinery on the coal face.
Backworth Hall is on film too as we witness miners and their families enjoying the many activities on offer. Ever wondered what it was like in old mining villages ? We have that too as we go to West Wylam and witness a mining family moving home. We also have a scene of the miner in the tin bath having a wash. Also we have the toll house at West Wylam too. We travel to Walbottle and have some great scenes for you to enjoy.
The Pitmens Derby at Gosforth Park from 1949 is on film too.
Lynemouth Colliery from 1964 and meet manager Tom Smith as he talks about the colliery producing over 1 million tons of coal a year. During the making of this story there are some great scenes from other areas in the country to witness including a group of retired miners with over 550 years of coal mining between them.
Sit down with your family and friends and witness how it once was as we look back at the Collieries and Villages of Northumberland. This is our first from a unique collection we are producing for all those interested in our coal mining past and unique social history.
total running time approximately 44 mins