Title: Colliery houses, Kibblesworth
Date: Unknown - Late 1800s, early 1900s
Reference Number: GL000577
Item Description: A village 2 miles west of Birtley, Kibblesworth was a mainly rural community until the development of the pit and brickworks and the resulting increase in population. Although there had been coal-mining in the Kibblesworth area from medieval times, relatively few men were employed in the industry until the sinking of Robert Pit in 1842. From this date the fortunes of the village followed those of the industry with particular black spots during the strikes of 1921 and 1926 and the depression of the 1930s, high spots in the boom of the 1950s and 60s, and eventually closure of the pit in 1974.
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