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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge.  This seems too obvious but what the heck, it has been a long week 🙂 .  Not only am I being lazy in thought, it is also a near copy of an image my eldest took from almost the same spot in 2011, facing the other direction. This is the road from Branch End to Langley Dam and to the left of the image is Stublick Chimney – the silhouetted outline also converges as it reaches for the sky.

Lonesome road ...
Stublick Chimney ...
(click on the images to enlarge – this website has more information on the chimney and its flues.  The first image appeared on Blip today under the title Lonesome Road and the second image was actually taken in 2011).