Hamlets - South Cleatlam

A settlement of 50 terraced houses built in 1914 for the envisaged miners at the new Westholme Mine close by. 'Powerful winding engines will be employed in bringing the coal up' and 'a siding will penetrate the heart of the colliery' proclaimed the local press. Alas, geological and water problems meant very little coal was raised but South Cleatlam was built. It is said some of the first residents were German prisoners of war of the First World War. After the Second World War the settlement was classified as a Category D place by Durham County Council meaning basically that it was allowed to run down but like many other colliery settlements it was reprieved.

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