Historic Washington F Pit September opening

This year Washington ‘F’ Pit is open every day from 1 - 29 September so that everyone can take the opportunity to visit this remarkable monument to the region’s coal mining past.

Washington ‘F’ Pit’s magnificent Victorian steam engine, engine house and headgear are preserved to mark the town’s coalmining heritage that reaches back over 250 years.

The horizontal steam winding engine is the last of its type in the North East and was built in 1888.

The engine was capable of lifting 120 tons per hour from the ‘Hutton Seam’, which was at a depth of 206 metres and it took only 28 seconds to raise a load from ‘Busty’ the deepest seam at 283 metres.

The engine is now operated by an electric motor but still can be admired as a wonder of the industrial past this, along with its events and exhibitions make Washington ‘F’ Pit a must see attraction.

Don't miss your opportunity to visit this amazing part of our industrial heritage! For more information Click here 

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St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.

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