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Colliery Personnel Records

A guide to archives in Durham County Record Office

Records containing personal names and, in some cases, other information relating to coal miners and other colliery workers are listed below. The list is arranged alphabetically by colliery, with the records which do not relate to individual collieries at the end of the sequence:

Entries contain:

  1. the colliery name, with the pit, if different, in brackets, followed by the location
  2. name of the colliery company or association which created the records, where applicable
  3. covering dates and the catalogue reference numbers for the records.

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Colliery personnel records, arranged A-Z by colliery name

Addison colliery; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1851 - 1886     NCB 1/SC/109-148,248-249,255
    1940 - 1949     NCB 1/SC/592-599

Andrew's House colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    1777               NCB 1/X/1

Beamish colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    James Joicey & Co Ltd
    1864, 1871     D/X 672/1-2    
    1925               NCB 7/3/26

Bearpark colliery; Bearpark, Durham:
    1872 - 1984     D/X 696/8/39

Black Boy colliery; Coundon Grange, Durham:
    1827 - 1833     NCB 1/TH/13

Black Prince colliery; Cornsay, Durham:
    1889                D/X 498/189,190

Blackhall colliery; Monk Hesleden, Durham:
    Horden Collieries Ltd
    1914 - 1957     NCB 19/2/6/6-9
    1927 - 1951     NCB 15/279-314    records relate to an accident

Boldon colliery; Whitburn, Durham:
    Harton Coal Co Ltd
    1923 - 1940     NCB 19/2/5/1-2,5

Bourn Moor colliery; Burnmoor, Durham:
    1801                D/X 26/4

Bowburn colliery; Quarrington, Durham:
    no date            D/X 1566/1    records relate to an accident

Brancepeth colliery; Brancepeth, Durham:
    1896                D/X 446/10    records relate to an accident

Brandon colliery; Brandon & Byshottles, Durham:
    1966 - 1971     D/DMA 323/10-13

Burnhope colliery; Greencroft, Durham:
    U.A. Ritson & Sons
    1914 - 1918     D/X 619/2

Burnopfield colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    c1890 - 1965    NCB 3/3-4,7-8

Burradon colliery; Burradon, Northumberland:
    1860                 NCB 1/SC/621, NCB 1/RS/284-285    records relate to an accident

Busty Pit; Holmside, Durham:
    Holmside & South Moor Collieries Ltd
    1926 - 1947     NCB 3/97

Byermoor colliery; Whickham, Durham:
    1897 - 1967     NCB 3/12/1-2
    1955 - 1956     D/X 1049/3-4

Castle Eden colliery; Castle Eden, Durham:
    1938 - 1950     D/X 912/1-3

Catherine colliery; Crawcrook, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1876               NCB 1/SC/250

Chopwell colliery; Chopwell, Durham:
    1896 - 1966    NCB 3/20,23-52
    1912 - 1916, n.d. D/X 1005/19-21,23,25-26,153,204

Clara Vale colliery; Crawcrook, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1896               NCB 1/SC/251

Cockfield Fell colliery; Cockfield, Durham:
    1827 - 1833     NCB 1/TH/13

Comb Hill pit; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1840 - 1844     NCB 1/SC/149-152

Coxlodge colliery; near Gosforth, Northumberland:
    1863                NCB 1/RS/464    records relate to an accident

Crawcrook colliery; Crawcrook, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1896               NCB 1/SC/251

Crawcrook ? colliery; Crawcrook, Durham:
    c1914, c1946   D/X 498/192-193

Crookgate colliery; Burnopfield, Durham:
    1872 - 1906     D/MRP 115/2

Dawdon colliery; Dawdon, Durham:
    Londonderry Collieries Ltd
    1909 - 1957      NCB 4/20-25,27-41    records relate to an accident
    1923 - 1935      NCB 4/26
    1932 - 1948      D/X 989/1-2     records relate to an accident
    no date             D/X 1051/29    records relate to an accident

Deaf Hill colliery; Wingate, Durham:
    Trimdon Coal Co Ltd
    1905 - 1927      NCB 4/195-199    records relate to an accident

Dean & Chapter colliery; Ferryhill, Durham:
    Dorman Long & Co Ltd
    1931 - 1963     D/X 434/1-2

Easington colliery; Easington, Durham:
    Easington Coal Co Ltd
    1943 - 1949     NCB 13/74-75
    1951                NCB 15/277-278    records relate to an accident

East Hetton colliery; Kelloe, Durham:
    1897                D/MRP 50/1    records relate to an accident
    East Hetton Coal Co Ltd
    1929 - 1951     NCB 13/76     records relate to an accident
    1937 - 1946     NCB 9/7

East Stanley colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    James Joicey & Co Ltd
    1925                NCB 7/3/26

Eden colliery; Medomsley, Durham:
    Consett Iron Company Ltd
    1905 - 1955, n.d.     D/DMA 334/33-43
    1909 - 1911      NCB 15/264    records relate to an accident

Elemore colliery; Pittington, Durham:
    1829                 D/X 36/2
    1864 - 1913      D/X 56/1
    Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd
    1917 - 1945     NCB 13/183    records relate to an accident
    1932 - 1973     NCB 13/184,186

Emma pit; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1848 - 1886     NCB 1/SC/153-213,252,255,584

Eppleton colliery; Great Eppleton, Durham:
    1864 - 1913     D/X 56/1

Fellside colliery; Whickham, Durham:
    John Bowes & Partners Ltd
    1935 - 1937     D/St/B1/4/27

Fishburn colliery; Fishburn, Durham:
    Henry Stobart & Co Ltd
    1936 - 1940     NCB 13/90    records relate to an accident

Frankland colliery; Framwellgate, Durham:
    Lambton Collieries
    1865                D/X 248/2

Freehold colliery; Stella, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1852 - 1861    NCB 1/SC/214-221,253

Gibside colliery; Whickham, Durham:
    Bowes-Lyon family, Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne
    1782                D/St/E5/21/33

Greenside colliery; Ryton Woodside, Durham:
    Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd
    1936 - 1966     NCB 3/174-175

Hamsterley colliery; near Burnopfield, Lanchester, Durham:
    1966 - 1968     D/DMA 17/42/3

Handen Hold colliery; Pelton, Durham:
    James Joicey & Co Ltd
    1925                NCB 7/3/26
    Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd
    1938 - 1968    NCB 3/137

Harraton colliery; Harraton, Durham:
    1817               NCB 1/RS/464    records relate to an accident

Hartley colliery; New Hartley, Northumberland:
    1862               NCB 1/RS/310-311    records relate to an accident

Haswell colliery; Haswell, Durham:
    c1840             D/X 830/6

Hetton colliery; Hetton-le-Hole, Durham:  
    1829               D/X 36/2
    1864 - 1913    D/X 56/1

Heworth colliery; Heworth, Durham:
    1874 - 1917    NCB 1/X/63

Horden colliery; Horden, Durham:
    Horden Collieries Ltd
    1970 - 1987    NCB 20/1-2

Hutton colliery (East pit); Hutton Henry, Durham:
    Hutton Henry Coal Co Ltd
    1932 - 1948    NCB 13/169

Hylton colliery; Hylton, Durham:
    Wearmouth Coal Co Ltd
    1899 - 1958    NCB 15/366-367
    1928 - 1958    D/MRP 160/1
    1930 - 1946    NCB 13/340,342    records relate to an accident
    1945 - 1949    NCB 2/179-181     records relate to an accident
    1947 - 1950    NCB 2/182-183

Kimblesworth colliery; Kimblesworth, Durham:
    1880 - 1937    NCB 2/21-22    records relate to an accident

Lambton colliery; Morton Grange, Durham: 
    Lambton family, Earls of Durham
    1868               D/X 248/9

Lambton (Cocken pit); Cocken, Durham:
    Lambton family, Earls of Durham
    1863, 1868    D/X 248/1,5

Langley Park colliery; Langley, Durham: 
    Consett Iron Co Ltd
    1899 - 1943, n.d.   NCB 13/22,24-25
    1911 - 1915    NCB 4/5    records relate to an accident
    1915 - 1947    NCB 13/26-50    records relate to an accident

Littletown colliery; Pittington Hallgarth, Durham:
    Lambton family, Earls of Durham
    1866, 1868    D/X 248/3,6,8-9

Lumley colliery; Great Lumley, Durham:
    1891 - 1897   NCB 2/30    records relate to an accident

Mainsforth colliery; Mainsforth, Durham:
    Dorman, Long & Co Ltd
    1928 - 1943    NCB 13/57-66    records relate to an accident
    1940 - 1947    NCB 4/44

Marley Hill colliery; Whickham, Durham:
    Bowes-Lyon family, Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne
    1757 - 1813    D/St/B1/2/103-115
    John Bowes & Partners Ltd
    1900 - 1946    NCB 3/15
    1935 - 1937    D/St/B1/4/27

Medomsley colliery; Medomsley, Durham:
    1923               D/Ph 311/1    records relate to an accident

Montague colliery; Scotswood, Northumberland:
    1925               D/X 936/1    records relate to an accident

New Brancepeth colliery; Brandon & Byshottles, Durham:
    1933 - 1948    NCB 14/221    records relate to an accident

New Silksworth colliery; Silksworth, Durham:
    Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry
    1895 - 1905    NCB 19/2/8/3-19/2/8/8

Newbottle colliery; Newbottle, Durham: 
    1868              D/X 26/5
    1868              D/X 369/11-14

Newbottle colliery (Houghton pit); Newbottle, Durham:
    1868, 1899    D/X 369/2-8

North Banks colliery; Whickham, Durham:
    Bowes-Lyon family, Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne
    1724 - 1813, n.d.    D/St/B1/2/42-58,63,67,103-115

Oakenshaw colliery; Stockley, Durham:
    1948 - 1955    D/MRP 99/17

Old Durham colliery; Elvet, Durham:
    Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry
    c1860             D/Lo/F 477
    1870               D/Lo/B 232

Oswald Pit; Holmside, Durham:
    Holmside & South Moor Collieries Ltd
    1926 - 1956    NCB 3/95-96

Pelton Fell colliery; Chester-le-Street, Durham:
    1866               NCB 1/RS/464    records relate to an accident

Pittington colliery; Pittington Hallgarth, Durham:
    Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry
    c1860             D/Lo/F 477

Pontop colliery; Collierley (det), Durham:
    Stanhope & Tyne Railroad Co
    1818, 1824     D/X 115/2,6
    c1832 - 1838  NCB 1/JB/2177

Preston colliery; North Shields, Northumberland:
    U.A.Ritson & Sons
    1914 - 1918    D/X 619/2

Rainton colliery; West Rainton, Durham:
    Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry
    c1860             D/Lo/F 477
    c1884             D/Lo/B 263

Rainton (Nicholson pit); East Rainton, Durham:
    1879               D/X 999/12
    1961 - 1965    D/X 982/1

Randolph colliery; Evenwood, Durham:
    1894-1962     D/X 1267

Ryhope colliery; Ryhope, Durham:
    Ryhope Coal Co Ltd
    1943 - 1961    NCB 19/2/10/1-5

Ryton ? colliery; Ryton, Durham:
    c1914, c1946    D/X 498/192-193

Seaham colliery; Seaham, Durham:
    Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry
    1868               D/X 1521/1
    1872               D/EBF 96    records relate to an accident
    1873               D/Lo/B 268
    1878 - 1925, n.d.    D/X 1051/8-14,16,18,29    records relate to an accident
    1880               NCB 1/RS/449    records relate to an accident
    1880               EP/NS 52    records relate to an accident
    1900 - 1901    D/X 1521/2
    1908 - 1967    D/X 1051/21-23,25
    1912               D/MRP 96/1
    1912               D/X 1521/3
    1945 - 1954    D/DMA 304-305,307

Seaham ? colliery; Seaham, Durham: 
    1912 - 1951    D/X 735/1-2

Sherburn colliery; Pittington Hallgarth, Durham: 
    Lambton family, Earls of Durham
    1868               D/X 248/9

Sherburn House colliery; Sherburn House, Durham:
    Lambton family, Earls of Durham
    1868               D/X 248/4

Shotton colliery; Shotton, Durham:
    Horden Collieries Ltd
    1877 - 1953    NCB 13/92,93-107
    1924 - 1932    NCB 13/129    records relate to an accident

South Garesfield colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    South Garesfield Colliery Co Ltd 
    1922 - 1946    D/St/B1/16/31-38,85

South Hetton colliery; Haswell, Durham:
    South Hetton Coal Co Ltd
    1938 - 1952    NCB 13/242    records relate to an accident
    1939 - 1944    NCB 4/144     records relate to an accident

South Moor colliery; Holmside, Durham:
    South Moor Colliery Co
    1910               NCB 3/70

South Pontop colliery; Greencroft, Durham:
    U.A.Ritson & Sons
    1914 - 1918    D/X 619/2

Staindrop, Field House colliery (drift); Etherley, Durham:
    1965               D/X 1267/13

Stargate colliery; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1873 - 1886    NCB 1/SC/222-246,254

Stella Grand Lease colliery; Stella, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1812 - 1824    NCB 1/SC/528-530,533

Tanfield Lea colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    James Joicey & Co Ltd
    1921, 1925     NCB 7/3/24,26
    Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd
    1939 - 1949    NCB 3/159

Thomas pit; Holmside, Durham:
    Holmside & South Moor Collieries Ltd
    1926 - 1951    NCB 3/93-94

Thornley colliery: Shadforth, Durham:
    Weardale Steel Coal and Coke Co Ltd
    1917               D/X 498/186

Thrislington colliery; Thrislington, Durham:
    Henry Stobart & Co Ltd
    1931 - 1952    NCB 13/78,81-82
    Dorman, Long & Co Ltd
    1953 - 1957    NCB 13/67

Towneley Main colliery; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1806                NCB 1/SC/247

Tudhoe colliery; Tudhoe, Durham: 
    1882               NCB 1/RS/458    records relate to an accident

Twizell Burn colliery (drift); Edmondsley, Durham:
    James Joicey & Co Ltd
    1925               NCB 7/3/26

Usworth colliery; Little Usworth, Durham:
    Washington Coal Co Ltd
    1898 - 1944    NCB 1/X/129
    1899 - 1914    D/DMA 322/33-36    records relate to an accident
    1926 - 1964    D/DMA 322/46,76

Waldridge colliery; Waldridge, Durham:
    Waldridge Coal Co Ltd
    1938 - 1940    NCB 15/358-359

Walker colliery; Walker, Northumberland:
    1862               NCB 1/RS/464    records relate to an accident

Wallsend colliery (G pit); Wallsend, Northumberland:
    1835               NCB 1/JB/2347    records relate to an accident

Wardley colliery; Heworth, Durham:
    Washington Coal Co Ltd
    1898 - 1944    NCB 1/X/129

Washington colliery; Washington, Durham:
    Washington Coal Co Ltd
    1898 - 1944    NCB 1/X/129

Washington Glebe colliery; Washington, Durham:
    Washington Coal Co Ltd
    1898 - 1944    NCB 1/X/129
    1904 - 1926    D/X 1118/11-22
    1908               D/Ph 177/37    records relate to an accident

Waterhouses colliery; Brandon & Byshottles, Durham:
    1913 - 1960    NCB 4/109

Waterhouses ? colliery; Brandon & Byshottles, Durham:
    Pease & Partners Ltd
    no date           NCB 13/209

Wearmouth colliery (A,B pits); Monkwearmouth, Durham:
    Wearmouth Coal Co Ltd
    1913 - 1918    NCB 2/197-198    records relate to an accident

Wearmouth colliery; Monkwearmouth, Durham: 
    Wearmouth Coal Co Ltd
    1920 - 1956    NCB 13/337    records relate to an accident

West Stanley colliery; Tanfield, Durham:
    1882               NCB 1/RS/458    records relate to an accident
    1909               D/MRP 50/1     records relate to an accident
    1909               D/X 95/1          records relate to an accident
    1909               D/X 498/198    records relate to an accident

West Towneley colliery; Stella, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1842 - 1844    NCB 1/SC/260

Wheatley Hill colliery; Wingate, Durham:
    Weardale Iron & Coal Co Ltd
    c1890 - c1940   D/X 833/1
    1903 - 1940    NCB 13/324-334    records relate to an accident

Whitfield [Whitefield] colliery (B pit); Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1806               NCB 1/SC/247

Whitfield [Whitefield] colliery; Ryton, Durham:
    Stella Coal Co Ltd
    1812 - 1824    NCB 1/SC/528-530,533

Whittonstall colliery; Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland:
    1896 - 1966    NCB 3/20,23-52
    1912 - 1916, n.d.   D/X 1005/19-20,23,26,204

Willington colliery; Willington, Durham:
    Enginemen's, Boiler Minders' & Firemen's Association
    1935 - 1963    D/EBF 91/5-15

Wingate Grange colliery; Wingate, Durham:
    
1906               D/X 587/303    records relate to an accident

Colliery personnel records not related to individual collieries or where the colliery is unspecified

not specified:
    1937 - 1946     NCB 4/225

Durham Coal Owners' Association:
    1903, 1912     NCB 1/CO/86/499,643
    1939 - 1944    NCB 1/CO/86/1131-1139,1153,1247-1248,1275

Durham Coal Owners' Mutual Protection Association:
    1931 - 1953    D/DCOMPA 76,78-79,81-82,111-113    records relate to an accident

Durham Deputies' Mutual Aid Association:
    1911 - 1941     D/DDMA 16-17
    1930 - 1937     D/DDMA 18    records relate to an accident

Durham Miners' Association:
    1943 - 1944     D/DMA 293

Durham County Colliery Enginemen's, Boiler Minders' & Firemen's Association:
    1917, no date    D/EBF 32,96

Harton Coal Co Ltd:
    1887 - 1954     NCB 1/X/12

James Joicey & Co Ltd:
    1909 - 1919     NCB 7/3/22
    1936 - 1943     NCB 7/7/10-11    records relate to an accident

Lambton Collieries Ltd:
    1868               D/X 248/7

Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd:
    1936 - 1946    NCB 3/131

Londonderry Collieries Ltd:
    1871 - 1873    D/Lo/B 448

Pease & Partners Ltd:
    1914 - 1918    D/X 619/1

South Hetton Coal Co Ltd:
    1900 - 1902    NCB 1/X/55-60

South Pelaw Coal Co Ltd:
    1945 - 1950    NCB 2/36-39

Stella Coal Co Ltd:
    1811 - 1855    NCB 1/SC/284-303,564
    1851 - 1861    NCB 1/SC/628    records relate to an accident
    1851 - 1883    NCB 1/SC/261-269,304-316,348,586,1009
    1863               NCB 1/RS/20
    1921 - 1939    NCB 1/SC/600-604
    no date           NCB 1/SC/562,583
    no date           NCB 1/SC/574-578    records relate to an accident

Trimdon Coal Co Ltd: 
    1932 - 1944    NCB 4/217

Wearmouth Coal Co Ltd:
    1914 - 1950    NCB 2/142,143-151,278
    1926 - 1940    NCB 13/361,370

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