Earthwork and buried remains of Stublick Colliery, immediately south east of Stublick


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Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
NY 83315 60421

Reasons for Designation

Coal has been mined in England since Roman times, and between 8,000 and 10,000 coal industry sites of all dates up to the collieries of post-war nationalisation are estimated to survive in England. Three hundred and four coal industry sites, representing approximately 3% of the estimated national archaeological resource for the industry have been identified as being of national importance. This selection, compiled and assessed through a comprehensive survey of the coal industry, is designed to represent the industry's chronological depth, technological breadth and regional diversity. The term `nucleated' is used to describe coal mines that developed as a result of increased capital investment in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are a prominent type of field monument produced by coal mining and typically consist of a range of features grouped around the shafts of a mine. The simplest examples contain merely a shaft or adit with associated spoil heap. Later examples are characterised by developed pit head arrangements that may include remains of engine houses for pumping and/or winding from shafts, boiler houses, fan houses for ventilating mine workings, offices, workshops, pithead baths, and transport systems such as railways and canals. A number of later nucleated mines also retain the remains of screens where the coal was sized and graded. Coke ovens are frequently found on or near colliery sites. Coal occurs in significant deposits throughout large parts of England and this has given rise to a variety of coalfields extending from the north of England to the Kent coast. Each region has its own history of exploitation, and characteristic sites range from the small, compact collieries of north Somerset to the large, intensive units of the north east. A sample of the better preserved sites, illustrating the regional, chronological and technological range of nucleated coal mines, together with rare individual component features are considered to merit protection.

The earthwork and below ground remains of Stublick Colliery, immediately south of Stublick are well-preserved and retain significant evidence relating to the layout and operation of coalmines of this period. The pumping shaft and its associated features survive well, and undisturbed buried remains survive in, between and around the colliery buildings. The accumulation of archaeological deposits including spoil and waste will contain important information about the dating and sequence of deposition and the nature of early 19th century coalmining. Evidence of any earlier coal workings in the area will also be preserved. The association of the coalmine with the nationally important Langley lead smelting mill enhances its significance. The importance of the earthwork and buried remains of the colliery is increased by the survival of the standing colliery buildings, which are considered to be the finest early 19th century group in the region. Taken together, this is a rare example of a near complete early 19th century colliery, which will add to our knowledge, and understanding of coalmining at this time.


The monument includes the earthwork and below ground remains of Stublick Colliery including two shafts and related buried features and deposits, situated immediately south of Stublick.

Stublick coalfield is an upland outlier to the main north east coalfield and its thin seams of poor quality coal were worked on a considerably smaller scale. The coal it produced was, however, adequate for lead smelting, and during the 18th and 19th century's collieries at Stublick supplied coal to the adjacent Langley and Blaghill lead smelting mills. A core area of the adjacent shaft mound landscape and Langley lead smelter are the subjects of separate schedulings. The present remains of Stublick Colliery date from 1838 when, in order to exploit deeper coal strata, improved drainage was required; documents record the construction of a new engine house and the provision of a steam engine. Remains of the earlier phase of mining are however, also thought to survive.

The most prominent features today are the standing remains of the boiler house, beam engine house and adjacent chimney situated immediately to the south of the main pumping shaft. These buildings, thought to date to the 1830s are Listed Grade II*. The shaft, itself, was used for pumping water from the deeper parts of the mine and is visible as a roughly circular opening. It is situated within a levelled terrace whose walls are revetted in stone. Although the headgear has been dismantled, traces of the mountings, which supported it, are thought to survive as buried features. Within and beneath the adjacent engine and boiler houses, features associated with the use of these buildings are also thought to survive as buried remains; these would normally include bases and settings for engines and boilers and related archaeological deposits. A single storey range of buildings is attached to the east side of the engine house; this building is also Listed Grade II*. This range housed a variety of workshops including a smithy and archaeological features and deposits relating to the use of these buildings are expected to survive below ground level.

Immediately to the south west of the pumping shaft, there are the standing remains of a second engine house with a detached boiler chimney, thought to have housed a winding engine. Features and associated archaeological deposits are considered to survive within and beneath the buildings including evidence for the engine bed and related features. A second shaft situated immediately to the south of the engine house is thought to have been used for winding and hauling coal to the surface. The shaft itself, which has been infilled, is also thought to retain the remains of headgear mountings and associated features.

In addition to the features and deposits within and beneath the main colliery buildings, the ground between these buildings and surrounding areas formed an integral part of the colliery. Small spoil heaps are visible adjacent to the two boiler chimneys and a larger spoil heap, thought to be earlier than the present colliery and related to earlier workings on the site, is visible as a large mound situated to the west of the pumping shaft. Other remains survive beneath the level of the ground and these are considered to include evidence of ducting for the transmission of power from the pumping engine to other shafts and machinery in the vicinity.

All standing colliery buildings and the wooden enclosure surrounding the pumping shaft, are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Northumberland, (1992), 372


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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