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Market Square - - 1636492.jpg
Market Square, Lynemouth
Lynemouth is located in Northumberland
Lynemouth shown within Northumberland
Population 1,858 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference NZ295915
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MORPETH
Postcode district NE61
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°13′02″N 1°32′07″W / 55.2172°N 1.5354°W / 55.2172; -1.5354Coordinates: 55°13′02″N 1°32′07″W / 55.2172°N 1.5354°W / 55.2172; -1.5354

Lynemouth is a village in Northumberland, England. It is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Ashington, and is close to the village of Ellington, which is to the north west. The village was built close to coal mines.

Lynemouth and the surrounding industrial area played an important role in the 1985 feature-length docudrama Seacoal about the seacoalers, who made a living from collecting waste coal from the beach. A series of photographs within the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award–winning[2] book In Flagrante (1988) by Chris Killip shows the work and life of the seacoalers here;[3] a greater number were published in 2011 in the book Seacoal.[n 1]

Also, the village can be seen in the 2000 film Billy Elliot. Lynemouth Cemetery doubles as Everington Cemetery, in which Elliot's mother is buried.[4] The colliery, which was demolished in 2005, can be seen in scenes filmed at the cemetery.

To the south of the village is the former Alcan Lynemouth Aluminium Smelter, now closed, and power station.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north along the coast to Craster with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 4,842.[5]


  1. ^ Chris Killip, Seacoal (Göttingen: Steidl, 2011; ISBN 3-86930-256-9).


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chris Killip: Skinningrove: A film by Michael Almereyda", New York Review of Books, 22 July 2014. Accessed 27 November 2014.
  3. ^ Gerry Badger, Chris Killip (London: Phaidon, 2001; ISBN 0-7148-4028-9), pp. 72–89.
  4. ^ "Dying for someone to take care of cemetery; Plea for landowners to clean up overgrown graveyard" - Evening Chronicle, 22 July 2008
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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