Pit Closures in Northumberland: A Study of Bates Colliery

Hutchinson, Margaret Anne (1993). Pit Closures in Northumberland: A Study of Bates Colliery. MPhil thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0001017f


This thesis examines the Northumberland Coalfield and its subsequent decline. It looks at the closure of "uneconomic pits", with particular reference to the social effects. As a case study of a pit closed on these grounds. Bates Colliery in Blyth, Northumberland has been chosen to focus in detail on closure. This has been achieved by describing and analysing a Study and the development of a Campaign to oppose the closure. This thesis then expands again to encompass the subsequent increase in opencast mining in Northumberland and social effects.

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