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Weetslade Colliery, Pit Head Baths
Rare surviving example of a modern component of colleries in the north-east region. Although some examples are known as early as 1911, such facilities were routinely provided only after the establishment in 1926 of a fund for the purpose of building pit-head baths. The fund was founded with the intention of providing baths to all pits by 1945, though in fact only one third of all pits had been equipped in this way by the time of nationalisation. The Weetslade baths are one of only three examples known to survive locally. These may be the only such structures dating from the period 1930-60 to survive in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
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