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Monday, 16 December 2013

1910 Rising Sun Coal Mine Wallsend Postcard

Rising Sun Pit 1910, Wallsend

A postcard today showing the New Colliery, Wallsend which was later called the Rising Sun Pit or Colliery. The photo is from 1910. Wallsend is in Tyne and Wear, England.

The Colliery Engineering publication in Dec 1935 wrote:

"At their Rising Sun pit the Wallsend & Hebburn Coal Co. Ltd. have erected what is probably the most complete coal preparation plant in the world. Wallsend has been in every sense a household word ever since, in 1756, the High Main seam was first exploited by the famous colliery which bears this name ... a colliery with such a tradition should take pains to preserve a reputation for quality by installing one of the most complete coal-preparation plants in the world. For not only does this plant provide for both the dry-cleaning and wet-washing of the product but also for the dedusting of the coal, the washing of the dust by flotation, filtration, thermal drying, water clarification, blending and mixing, and dry and wet screening."

Today the mine has gone, the area has been transformed into a 400 acre natural green oasis called The Rising Sun Country Park.

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