Tyne and Wear HER(15507): Butterlaw, coal pits - Details
Butterlaw, coal pits
Coal Mining Site
Between 1536 and 1554 the Grey family leased the coal pits of 'Bytterlaw' from the Earl of Northumberland. In 1581 the mines at Butterlaw were unoccupied due to exhaustion of the surface deposits. In 1612 the Butterlaw coal mines were leased to Francis Fitton for an annual rent of £3.
Public Record Office E 321/40/25; ME James, 1955, Estate Accounts of the Earls iof Northumberland 1562-1637, Surtees Society, vol CLXIII, xlv