About this site

Dawdon Colliery stood proudly on the cliff tops of Seaham in County Durham for almost a century until its closure in 1991. It regularly employed more than 2000 men (and women) for the vast majority of this time, and prior to mechanisation employed a peak of around 3800 workers. It was a shining jewel amongst the mines of the Durham coalfield, and during its lifetime broke both National and European production records. Very little now remains to suggest where the colliery once stood, and it has been replaced with a very modern looking business park. The memory of Dawdon Colliery is rapidly passing into history as too are the men who worked it, and a new generation are growing up not having seen or being part of the mining heritage which dominated this area for so long.

A recent mechanics reunion in October 2014 saw many friendships renewed after many years, and such was the success of the event the ideas were born for a further bigger reunion in July 2016 to commemorate 25 years since Dawdon Colliery closed, and that we should commit our memories and experiences to this website.

Whilst some history exists on line about Dawdon Colliery, there is very little documented about every day working life there. We hope in making this website we can stir memories for some, and give others an idea of what day to day life was like for those of us that worked there.

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