|Rising Sun Colliery in Wallsend, possibly shortly after opening in 1908|
|A striking 1935 view of Rising Sun Colliery - see Durham Mining Museum for more|
|1960s OS 6" map showing Rising Sun Colliery at top left|
(see maps at National Library of Scotland)
|Viaduct on the Killingworth Waggonway over Wallsend Dene|
Coal from Rising Sun was initially moved down the Killingworth Waggonway (a late 18th century Grand Allies route). After WWII this waggonway went out of use & the eastward route shown on the map joined the pit to the Tyne via the Seaton Burn waggonway route to Whitehill Point.
|Eastwards from the colliery the route is now a bridleway through Silverlink & Middle Engine Lane. Ahead is also the Rising Sun Country Park.|
|Turning round to look west, these rails in Kings Road are all that I found of the colliery|
|A nearby information board shows the colliery layout .....|
|..... looking west across the site of the 1950s no.3 shaft|
|The main site of Rising Sun Colliery facing SW, No.2 shaft 100 yards ahead, canteen & baths on the right.|
The managers' row Rising Sun Cottages are behind the camera.
|NCB No.32 at Rising Sun Colliery - Davenport 2521 of 1943, scrapped 1954|
(photo from the Charlton Collection in the Armstrong Photographic Trust)
|Waggons being loaded at Rising Sun - from a Tyne Tees documentary at BFI|
See 7 mins into Your Heritage - The River Tyne narrated by Mike Neville in 1962
|Hudswell Clarke 1823 of 1949 at Rising Sun Colliery on 10 June 1957|
No.38 was built new for the colliery, & is now at Tanfield
(photo LG Charlton)
More on No.38 in the next post, but finishing this one with a collier .....
|Renowned NE folk musician Johnny Handle worked at Rising Sun Colliery.|
A folk tale is that Eric Burdon heard him sing The House of the Rising Sun.
Those with a local interest may like to read historical notes on Wallsend Colliery, which had the same owners as Rising Sun.