Whinfield coking ovens, south east of Low Spen Farm, Whickham - Gateshead

Remains of what was originally a bank of 193 bee-hive coke ovens dating from the mid-C19. Part of an extensive former mining landscape that is now largely cleared and landscaped. The remaining ovens represent a rare example of intact bee-hive coke ovens. Initial repairs were carried out in 2003 and 2016. This site was included in the "Land of Oak and Iron" Landscape Partnership Scheme and repairs are due to be completed by autumn 2018.

Whinfield coking ovens, south east of Low Spen Farm, Whickham - Gateshead
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Whinfield coking ovens, 850m south east of Low Spen Farm
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1018226
  • Local Planning Authority: Gateshead
  • Site Type: Industrial > Mining industry site


  • Building Name: Whinfield coking ovens
  • Locality: south east of Low Spen Farm, Whickham
  • County: Tyne and Wear
  • District / Borough: Gateshead
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Blaydon
  • Region: North East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)

Contact Details

Sara Rushton 0191 269 1222

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England