Armouth Wath, Coal Mine, Baysdale

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Armouth Wath is located at the meeting of two small streams at the head of Baysdale. 

Armouth Wath  

A pair of old stone bridges cross the streams, as well as some more modern pipes.

Armouth Wath Bridge Armouth Wath Bridge

A ruined building stand by the track, it looks more industrial than the domestic as I couldn’t spot any chimneys or fireplaces.

Armouth Wath Buildings Armouth Wath Buildings

About 100m to the South-West is a small single roomed structure

Armouth Wath Building Remains 

The main area of mining is to the side of the stream, north of the buildings. Three collapses running perpendicular the stream can be seen, the first of which contains a lot of rubble.

Collapsed Adit, Armouth Wath Armouth Wath Adit Remains Armouth Wath Building Remains

Within this largest depression stands a small arch, which presumably was once the mine entrance.

Armouth Wath Adit Remains Armouth Wath Adit Remains  

Downstream is a nice waterfall probably rarely seen due to the remoteness of the site.

Waterfall at Armouth Wath 

To the South-East is evidence of the existance of Black Hagg Pit.

Black Hagg Pit, Armouth Wath  

We found a fair amount of coal lying around in the area, and found it to burn very well in the pub at Commondale on the way home.


Hartlepool Lighthouse

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The current lighthouse was built in 1926 after the previous lighthouse was removed to give the Heugh Battery and Lighthouse Battery a clearer view of the sea.

The position of the orignal stopped retaliatory fire during the Bombardment of Hartlepool on 16th December 1914

Hartlepool Lighthouse Hartlepool Lighthouse

1500 shells were fired at Hartlepool during the bombardment by the German Cruisers Seydlitz, Moltke and Blucher. Leading to the death of the first soldier killed on British soil during the First World War

First Soldier Killed on British Soil in World War 1, Hartlepool 

Throston Engine House, Hartlepool

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Throston Engine House was built between 1838-1840.

Throston Engine House, Hartlepool Throston Engine House, Hartlepool

It contained a steam winding engine which hauled the coal waggons of the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway up 14ft to the staithes of the Hartlepool Railway.

Throston Engine House, Hartlepool Throston Engine House, Hartlepool

The roof was originally flat and held a water tank.

The Engine house was redundant within 10 years with the development of the West Hartlepool Docks.