Pit memorial is in the top 100 sites to visit

New Hartley Pit Memorial Garden.
New Hartley Pit Memorial Garden.

A memorial to miners who lost their lives in one of the region’s worst mining disasters has been included in a prestigious list of 100 places to see.

The Hartley Pit Memorial in St Alban’s churchyard is one of three sites in North Tyneside to be included on the special website.

Applications to be included in the list were chosen for their contribution to the story of the creativity and innovation of the north east.

In 1862, 204 men and boys were killed at New Hartley when an engine beam collapsed blocking the only escape route.

Following the disaster, legislation was passed to ensure all mines had at least two shafts.

The miners who died are named on the Grade II listed memorial obelisk in St Alban’s churchyard, which has recently been refurbished with improved access and a colourful interpretation panel telling the story of what happened more than 150 years ago.

The vicar of St Alban’s, the Rev Andrew France, said: “We are delighted our memorial has been included on the list of 100 places to visit in the north east and we thank those who nominated and chose the Hartley Pit Memorial for this honour.

“We hope many people will be inspired to visit the site this summer.”