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Market Square - - 1636492.jpg
Market Square, Lynemouth
Lynemouth is located in Northumberland
Location within Northumberland
Population1,858 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ295915
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMORPETH
Postcode districtNE61
AmbulanceNorth East
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, 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Ashington, close to the village of Ellington to the north west. It was built close to coal mines.

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

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, 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 Lynemouth Power Station.


Lynemouth electoral ward stretches north along the coast to Craster, with a population 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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