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Seaton (County Durham)

The village of Seaton lies just to the west of Seaham close to the North Sea coast of Durham, close to the modern A19.

A number of finds of Roman date have been found close to the small farm at Slingley Hill. Coins and a brooch have been discovered in the 20th century. It may have been the site of a Roman settlement, or even a temple. A hoard of Roman coins was found not far to the north-east in the 19th century.
In 1845 Seaton Colliery was opened. It was worked and owned by Lord Durham and Hetton Coal Company until 1864, when it was combined with nearby Seaham Colliery. At its height the combined collieries employed over 1500 men and produced over 2500 tons of coal a day which was shipped out from Seaham Harbour.

Reference number:D6876
Event(s):The identification of Historic Landscapes in Durham Project; Chris Blandford Associates

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