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Title : Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland

Description : Aerial view of Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland, June 1962 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/29271B). This image also shows the Deptford Shipyard of Sir James Laing & Sons on the opposite side of the River. This set of aerial images is intended as a short historical tour of the River Wear from the Piers to Pallion. It gives us an impression of what the River looked like during the middle years of the Twentieth Century, when it was a hive of industrial activity. Sunderland had an international reputation for shipbuilding and this is well represented in this set with images of its famous shipyards such as Austin & Pickersgill, J.L. Thompson & Sons and Sir James Laing & Sons. The River Wear was also home to a thriving marine engineering industry, reflected here by images of the engine works of William Doxford & Sons and George Clark. Other industries are also featured such as glassmaking and of course the key industry of coal mining. Mining is represented by images of Wearmouth Colliery and the riverside coal staithes, which were vital to the coal trade. These images reflect how much the River Wear has changed over the past 50 years, with the disappearance of traditional heavy industries. Those businesses may have gone but Sunderland can be proud of its industrial heritage and the men and women who worked on Wearside and helped to shape the City we know today. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email

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Subject : riverwear

Subject : aerialphotography

Subject : sunderland

Subject : deptfordyard

Subject : shipbuilding

Subject : sirjameslaingsonsltd

Subject : ships

Subject : railways

Subject : wearmouthcolliery

Subject : coalmining

Subject : collieries

Subject : queenalexandrabridge

Subject : wearside

Subject : industrial

Subject : industry

Subject : coalindustry

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