C. Heaton Main Colliery


(1) Statement of Colliery Stock 1804 (Watson 3/43/41).


(2) Demands of the Men (Watson 3/43/50).




(3) Calculation of Profits 1805 (Watson 3/43/52 and 52 Rev.). Note that Heaton and Bigges Main collieries were being operated together.

(4) Hewers Bound and unbound in 1806 (Watson 3/43/56 and 57). There was considerable industrial unrest in the coalfield during 1805 and the difficulty in securing labour resulted in the rise of the binding money to several guineas. This unrest is the background to the generation of these lists.


(5) Heaton Waggonway Map 1805 (Watson 27/13).


(6) Costs of operating Heaton Waggonway in 1802 (Watson 3/43/26). Shows wayleave costs (missing figure is £270 for Newcastle Corporation), maintenance costs and leading costs. There is also a proposal to alter the route.


(7) An account for keeping in repair Heaton Waggonway (Watson 3/43/30)


(8) Men available from Heaton Colliery in case of invasions – Heaton’s Home Guard (Watson 3/43/38).

(9) Buddle’s View Book April 1815 to 1816 (Buddle 44/2 and 44/3). This selection looks at:
(a) the closure of the ‘C’ Pit,
(b) near closure of the ‘A’ Pit
(c) the inundation and the rescue attempts
(d) the re-opening up of the mine.


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(10) Byker Pits on Shield Road at Kenton Close, Avenue Close, Thomas Pit Field showing where the rescue was attempted (Watson 27/1).

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(11) Newspaper Reports of the Accident May 1815 and the donations to the support fund (Bell 16/204 and 205).


(12) Dates the Bodies were found (Bell 16/663).

(13) Letter from the Dead to the Living Bell (16/666). This is an account of the accident written in order to raise funds for the victims. It was first published in 1816 but later reprinted – this edition belongs to 1841. It includes an illustration of William Thew’s tin candle box.

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