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Searchlight Sites in the Newcastle Area:
Site TT123 (Seghill Colliery)


What is a Colliery?
A colliery is essentially a coal mine, including its physical plant and out-buildings (the word may be derived from "coalery"). Usually locatable from a distance by the tall steel headgear that straddled the mine shafts that led down to the seams of coal, collieries dotted the Northeast of England. The general area in which the 225th was deployed around Newcastle was home to dozens of collieries, including Seghill (7.5 miles NNE of Newcastle), at which a platoon of A Battery was situated. (For more information on collieries in the Newcastle area, visit the Durham Mining Museum.)


On this colliery locator map, which shows many of the locations where the 225th
was deployed, Seghill Colliery appears in the the southwest corner
(reprinted courtesy the Durham Mining Museum).



Closeup of Seghill and Seghill Colliery area, via Jim Robinson.



Aerial view of Seghill area, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement). According to Jim,
the searchlights were moved around the village quite a bit. Residents recall that a camp
was set up on the Welfare Field (left center of photo, just below the colliery site).


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1920s view of Mission Church, Pit Lane, Seghill (see aerial photo),
via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).


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1920s view of Seghill Colliery with four headgear in view looking
northeast, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).


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1920s view of Station Road, Seghill, looking west, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).


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1920s view of Station Road, Seghill, looking east, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).
The tall structure in the distance at the end of the row of stone houses is the signal tower near the
railroad station. The tower was struck by a bomb during the war and rebuilt on the other side of the road.


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The Seghill train station, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).
Anecdotal evidence suggests that a German raider dropped a bomb that
struck the station area in an attempt to knock out the searchlight position
located in a nearby field.


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The colliery in the 1960s, via Jim Robinson (click to view an enlargement).


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