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Coal Cleugh coalmining activity (Rochester and Byrness)

On the north bank of Coal Cleugh there is evidence of extensive post-medieval coalmining activity. There are two ruined buildings which are associated with some small enclosures, a slag heap and at least nine bell pits. The Elsdon Parish Register mentions Coal Cleugh in 1798 and the name also appears on the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1866 and 1898.

Reference number:N8135
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness

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