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Views of  The 'F' Pit Heaps


Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Village Lane

From Top of Village Lane

TOP OF VILLAGE LANE
( Late 1950s )
Havannah Terrace  -  Havannah Bank
(Terrace Gable End, bottom-right)  -  Blackfell Army Camp (off-picture, right).

Brandy Row School

BRANDY ROW SCHOOL
Colliery Manager's House on the right.

From Village Lane

HALFWAY DOWN VILLAGE LANE
Across a Corn Field from Village Lane, not far downhill from Lily Terrace.
Note the Tippler on the small, darker Pit Heap.

From Our Lady's Cemetery

OUR LADY'S CHURCH, VILLAGE LANE
Colliery Chimney and 'F' Pit Heap from the Churchyard.

From The Village

WASHINGTON VILLAGE
Looking up Spout Lane from the Bottom of Village Lane.
Cross Keys Inn on the right.

From The Stile Inn Fields

PATHWAY leading from WASHINGTON VILLAGE to USWORTH STATION ROAD
Known to locals as the Stile Inn Fields.  The Path
(off-picture, right) ran from
Washington Arms
(↙) passing Gardeners' Club & Stile Inn (↗).
That's Church View in the background.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From The Mill House

From Mill House

FROM NEAR THE MILL HOUSE
Blackfell Army Camp & Washington 'F' Pit Heap - May 1965

[ Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums ]

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From High Usworth

No. 25 Bus on Well Bank

TOP OF WELL BANK
No. 25 Bus - Brady Square to Newcastle, Worswick Street - passing the Entrance to Susan Peareth's School.
Note The'F' Pit Heap, the side road to The Blue Bell, and Place Farm on the right.

From Well Bank

BOTTOM OF WELL BANK
North Avenue is behind High Usworth School.
Note the junction of Well Bank Road and the top of The Drive - halfway along Eskdale Crescent.

From High Usworth

HIGH USWORTH
Same Day as Above Picture.

Over Donwell Fields

FROM PEARETH HALL ROAD
The lighter Fields, used for future Donwell Village, viewed from close to Heugh Hill.
Note: Well Bank Road, Tube Investments and Penshaw Monument.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Blue House Lane

From Blue House Lane

'THE PIT ROAD ENDS'
The Junction of Washington 'F' Pit Road with Blue House Lane - just off picture
(left) - May 1965
The large Winding House contains today's Washington 'F' Colliery Museum.

From Blue House Lane

WASHINGTON 'F' COLLIERY
Washington 'F' Pit Heap - looking across the fields from Blue House Lane.
Two Winder Houses and the Tippler track up the Pit Heap.

From Tom Corrigan's House

Tom Corrigan & Grandkids in the Garden of his House on Blue House Lane - 1961
[ Courtesy of Maureen James. ]

From Blue House Lane

MORE DISTANT VIEW
Washington Brickyard Chimney
(far left)  -  The Pit Baths (far right)
The 'Pit Road Ends' at Blue House Lane (off-picture left)   -   Village Lane and Brandy Row School (off-picture, right)
The 'Pit Road Ends' was a local name for the junction where the Pit Road joined Blue House Lane.

Near Blue House

FURTHER UP BLUE HOUSE LANE
( Close to Blue House )
Note the Footpath crossing the fields from Well Bank Road
(left) to Village Lane & Raft Yard (right).

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Heworth Road

From Heworth Road

HEWORTH ROAD
The 'F' Pit Heap as seen from Heworth Road.  Note the (waste stone) Tippler at the top - 1963
The junction with The Drive is to the right of the Van.

From Heworth Road

HEWORTH ROAD
On the left, Heworth Crescent ending at Heworth Road Shopping Terrace.
Among the shops: Handy (Woods) Shop - known to locals as Handy Wood's - and Lottie's Fish & Chips.
"Evening Rosie, two Papers and a Packet of Chips, please ... and plenty Batter!"
The men seated, centre-right are at the bottom of The Drive.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Grammar School Playing Fields

From Washington Grammar School

WASHINGTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Running Track ready for Summer Sports - Athletics, Cricket, Netball etc - May 1968

Near Washington Grammar School

WASHINGTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
The partially removed Washington 'F' Pit Heap together with the Grammar School Science Block.
Viewed from somewhere near the (future) Spout Lane pedestrian underpass.

Washington 'F' Pit Heap

From The Comrades Playing Fields
Removal In Progress
( Autumn 1968 )

Removal of Heap

WASHINGTON NEW TOWN REVIEW - No.4  ( Autumn 1968 Edition )
'F' Pit Heap from THE COMRADES Playing Fields.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Fatfield Road

From Fatfield Road

WASHINGTON GLEBE COLLIERY
From Fatfield Road, near the Victoria Hotel.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

Looking up Woodland Terrace

Woodland Terrace

USWORTH STATION ROAD
Woodland Terrace (left) and Elliot Terrace (right)
Looking towards The Stile Inn, Front Street and The 'F' Pit Heap.
The Kings Cinema is located off-picture, bottom-right-hand corner of photograph.
( c. 1955 )

[ Did you notice the Window Cleaner? ]

Looking over Shafto Terrace

From The Gardeners' Club

SHAFTO TERRACE
View from close to Usworth Gardeners' Club - a couple of hundred yards up The Stile Inn side street.
Looking over Shafto Terrace, Spout Lane and 'The Comrades' playing fields.
Note the Showmen's Camp Site behind Front Street.

From Usworth Pit Heap

From Usworth Pit Heap

USWORTH PIT HEAP / SINGLE ROW
Washington 'F' Pit Heap (top-left) and partially removed heap, as seen from Usworth Pit Heap.
The Burn flowed between Don Gardens and Single Row, then turned 90 degrees to follow the Pit Heap to Usworth Hall.

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

From Penshaw Hill

From Penshaw Monument

PENSHAW MONUMENT
Washington Chemical Works - 1965
Note Coxgreen Station - bottom right corner.

[ Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives / Museums ]

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

Aerial View - 1964

Aerial View of 'F' Pit

AERIAL VIEW of WASHINGTON 'F' COLLIERY
Blue House Lane from the Junction with Wellbank Rd to the junction with Victoria Rd, near the Ritz Cinema.
The Pit Road ( centre / vertical ) to Brandy Row School at the junction with Village Lane.

[ Compilation of 6 Photographs.  Courtesy of Washinghton History Society. ]

Washington 'F' Pit Heaps

Location of the View Points in the Preceding Tabs

Map of Viewpoints

MAP: 1937-61

  F. Site of Washington 'F' Colliery Pit Heaps

  1. The Mill House, West of Blackfell Army Camp

  2. Top of Village Lane - Washington Road Sign

  3. High Usworth, Peareth Hall Road

  4. High Usworth, Well Bank

  5. Blue House / Blue House Lane

  6. Brandy Row School, Village Lane

  7. Village Lane, East of Colliery Wagonway

  8. Heworth Road, between The Drive & The Oval

  9. Comrades' Playing Fields - Shafto Terrace (Right)

10. Washington Secondary, later Grammar School

11. Our Lady's Church Cemetery

12. Washington Glebe Colliery

13. Bottom of Village Lane - Washington Village

14. Looking across 'The Stile Inn Fields'

15. Looking across Shafto Terrace

16. Usworth Station Road, near The Kings Cinema

17. Usworth Pit Heap, looking over Single Row