South Hetton

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Coordinates: 54°48′N 1°25′W / 54.80°N 1.41°W / 54.80; -1.41

South Hetton
South Hetton is located in County Durham
South Hetton
South Hetton
 South Hetton shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NZ375455
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING
Postcode district DH6
Dialling code 0191
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Easington
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South Hetton is a former mining village in the Easington District of County Durham, in England. It is situated about six miles to the east of Durham and nine miles to the south of Sunderland. It has a population of 2,851.[1]

History[edit]

South Hetton Colliery[edit]

The history of South Hetton is closely related to South Hetton Colliery. The South Hetton Coal Co., owned by Colonel Thomas Bradyll, first sank shafts in 1831. Large scale production began two years later and corresponded with a large increase in population. Employment peaked in the 1930s when over 1400 people worked at the colliery. However, activity declined in the latter half of the twentieth century with the colliery ceasing operations in 1982.

Angus Sibbet Murder[edit]

The village came to the attention of the nation in January 1967 when the body of fruit machine magnate employee Angus Sibbett, was found murdered in his Jaguar car under Pesspool Bridge. Dennis Stafford and Michael Luvaglio were later convicted of the crime, although there have been ongoing campaigns to clear both names. All appeals (including the House of Lords) failed due to a proven but unexplained collision between the cars of Sibbett and Stafford & Luvaglio, although Stafford and Luvaglio at their trial denied seeing or meeting up with Sibbett during the vital hours surrounding the actual murder The killing inspired the 1970s gangster film Get Carter starring Michael Caine.

Sports[edit]

South Hetton Cricket Club currently play in the Durham Senior League and have a strong link within the community with the goal of developing sport in the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ukcrimestats.com/Neighbourhood/Durham_Constabulary/South_Hetton

External links[edit]

Media related to South Hetton at Wikimedia Commons