According to Keys to the Past, Stublick Colliery is one of the best surviving 19th century collieries in the country. It has a well preserved range of colliery buildings, including an engine house, store and furnace house and chimneys. The colliery worked the small Stublick coalfield and supplied coal to nearby Langley and Blaghill lead smeltmills. The buildings are Grade II Listed Buildings and the site is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.  The mine closed in 1926.

Stublick Colliery

There is a pleasing circularity to this arrangement.  Turn 180 degrees and on the horizon is Stublick Chimney. A large flue system ran up the hill to the chimney from the nearby Langley smelt mills to vent noxious fumes produced by the furnaces.  The chimney is visible on the horizon across Stublick Bog.

Stublick Chimney as seen from the colliery.

OS Map of Stublick and Langley

Stublick Chimney and the flue are marked on this version of the OS map while the long gone smelt mills were north of the larger reservoir in Langley.

The colliery is unmarked but is adjacent and immediately south of Stublick Farm.  The farm is also abandoned but with planning permission for restoration and development to create three dwellings.

Stublick Farm, Langley, Northumberland

Stublick Farm outbuildings

At any time this ‘development opportunity’ would demand significant vision and optimism. On a bleak, snowy January, it just seems impossibly daunting.

Apropos of nothing, here is another snowy video from Beaufront Woodhead:

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  1. Tish Farrell · January 22, 2018

    Wonderfully atmospheric, Robin.

  2. Maureen Sudlow · January 22, 2018

    nice shots

  3. Kelly MacKay · January 22, 2018


  4. J.D. Riso · January 23, 2018

    You find the most offbeat places, Robin. Thanks for keeping these ghosts alive. Love the tinting on these photos. And the video is so serene.

  5. restlessjo · January 24, 2018

    I feel like I’m flying while standing still, watching the video, Robin 🙂 🙂 Saw this the other day and didn’t have time to stop but I loved the chimney.

    • northumbrianlight · January 24, 2018

      Many thanks Jo – think you might need to be tested for banned substances 🙂

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