Tyne and Wear HER(11557): Walbottle, coal pits - Details
Walbottle, coal pits
A plan of 1620 shows three coal pits within an arable field called 'midle shelf under the wall' [a reference to Hadrian's Wall]. To the north of Walbottle village, centred on NZ 1756 6782 is 'Newburne, Walbottle and Butterlaw Comon' which is annotated 'here did the coales burne in the Earth many years together'. A field called 'Barston Pittes' (centred on NZ 1812 6645) also suggests coal mining activity.
A plan of the manor of Newburn, 1620, Alnwick Castle Archives Class O, Div. xvii, No. 1