Tyne and Wear HER(5054): Beamish Burn, Paper Mill Drift/Money Hill Drift - Details
Beamish Burn, Paper Mill Drift/Money Hill Drift
Well-covered remains of a stone archway which was once the entrance to a drift mine. Coal from the mine was taken by tub wagonway to an engine house. The coal was initially intended to simply fuel the nearby pumping station, but there was excess coal. This was dropped down the shaft of the pumping station mine and taken to Beamish Colliery where it could be transported away. When drfit mining ceased, an explosive was detonated a few metres inside the tunnel to block it. The coal drift was in operation from 1895 to 1920.
<< HER 5054 >> M. Allred, Historical Interpretation of Beamish Burn, p 3 Hepplethwaite Diary, Beamish Library