Blackhall Colliery

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Blackhall Colliery
The main street at Blackhall Colliery.jpg
Main street at Blackhall Colliery
Blackhall Colliery is located in County Durham
Blackhall Colliery
Blackhall Colliery
Blackhall Colliery shown within County Durham
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
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Post town Hartlepool
Postcode district TS27
Dialling code 0191
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County DurhamCoordinates: 54°44′46″N 1°17′18″W / 54.746093°N 1.288406°W / 54.746093; -1.288406
Middle Street (A1086)

Blackhall Colliery is a village on the North Sea coast of County Durham, in England. It is situated on the A1086 between Horden and Hartlepool. To the south of the Blackhall Colliery's Catholic church is Blackhall Rocks.

Built around the once extensive mining industry, Blackhall's colliery closed in 1981. Daniel Hall was one of the founding fathers of the colliery and invested heavily in the establishment of the mining infrastructure in the area. It is believed but unconfirmed that the name Black-Hall was established as a result of Daniels alias 'Black' due to his association with the mining of coal and his surname Hall. In 1991 a local campaign to erect a statue of Mr Hall was unsuccessful due to a lack of available funding from the local Authority.There is now an industrial estate built over part of the old colliery buildings, the colliery itself was pulled down in the 1980s. [1] Blackhall Colliery is on the edge of Castle Eden Dene, and Castle Eden Dene Mouth.

Over the past couple of decades, there have been many changes. Following the closure of the colliery, the once busy village has economically gone downhill. As time has passed since the closure, other industries have now begun to emerge to once again create employment in the region.

With both Blackhall Colliery and Blackhall Rocks being on the main road to Peterlee and Hartlepool. This has meant that these villages have become commuter villages, supplying workers for the now busy and expanding call centres in the nearby towns of Hartlepool and Peterlee.

Blackhall beach[edit]

Blackhall Colliery Beach 2010

Blackhall beach made a notable appearance in the 1971 film Get Carter starring Michael Caine; in the climactic scenes the main character is involved in a chase across a coal-strewn beach.[2][3]

The film shows the beach black with coal spoilings, dumped there by mine's conveyor system. Since the mine closed, £10 million has been spent removing the conveyor and its massive concrete tower and cleaning tons of coal waste from the now pristine beach. [4]

Neighbouring beaches of Blackhall Colliery is a narrow strip of Peterlee then Horden beach (North) and Crimdon beach (South), both are within 30 minutes of walking distance each way from the beach. The continuation of the improving regenerative beach can be seen via the coastline.

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  1. ^ "Blackhall Colliery" Archived November 13, 2005, at the Wayback Machine., SINE project (Structural images of the north east), Newcastle University
  2. ^ "The 50 best beach scenes in the movies", The Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2008
  3. ^ "Hoping to get Caine for coastal spectacle", The Northern Echo, 28 August 2000.
  4. ^ "Northern revival", Richard Nelson, The Guardian, February 16 2002

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