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Seaham Harbour, Seaham (Seaham)

Photograph of Seaham Harbour 2016
Photograph of Seaham Harbour 2016

Photograph of boats at Seaham Harbour 2016
Photograph of boats at Seaham Harbour 2016

Photograph of Seaham Harbour walls 2016
Photograph of Seaham Harbour walls 2016

The Marquess of Londonderry founded Seaham Harbour in 1828 as a port from which to export coal from his mines. Before the port was built there were no other buildings on the site. The town of Seaham was built about the same time. There is an outer harbour with two piers to protect the inner docks. A south dock was used by fishermen and the north dock for the coal trade. The gates to the south dock were opened by large steam engines, which are now at the Beamish Museum. The dockyard is a Grade II listed building protected by law.

Reference number:D858
Historical period: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1277116
Event(s):Historic Impact Assessment of Seaham's North Dock 2005; Archaeo-Environment Ltd
Turning the Tide Project 1997 - 1998; Archaeological Services University of Durham

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Source of Reference
Local History of Seaham


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