Hamsterley, Consett

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Hamsterley is a village in County Durham, England.[1] It is situated to the north of Consett and borders the hamlet of Low Westwood. It was known until recently as Hamsterley Colliery, after the large mining colliery situated to the south of the village by the south banks of the River Derwent. The colliery lay halfway between Hamsterley and High Westwood; it opened in 1864 and closed on 2 February 1968.[2]

Hamsterley Hall was the birthplace of the hunting novelist Robert Smith Surtees, author of Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities. One of two villages of this name in County Durham, Hamsterley should not be confused with the larger village of Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, 20 miles to the south.

It borders the small hamlet of Low Westwood.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 88 Newcastle upon Tyne (Durham & Sunderland) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319229989. 
  2. ^ "Durham Mining Museum: Hamsterley Colliery". www.dmm.org.uk. Durham Mining Museum. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 

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Coordinates: 54°54′11″N 1°48′54″W / 54.90306°N 1.81500°W / 54.90306; -1.81500