NZ1365 : Former Pit-head Baths, Clara Vale

taken 13 years ago, near to Crawcrook, Gateshead, England

Former Pit-head Baths, Clara Vale
Former Pit-head Baths, Clara Vale
Although not itself a listed building, it is the only surviving example of a pithead baths in Gateshead and forms an integral part of the Clara Vale Conservation Area. It was constructed in 1959, eight years before the mine closed in 1967. Although it had several uses since then, it was finally vacated in 2003 and has deteriorated considerably as a result of several acts of vandalism and arson NZ1365 : Former Pit-head Baths, Clara Vale
In the light of local complaints, Gateshead Council were seeking permission in July 2010 to issue a Section 215 Notice which will require the landowner to improve the condition of the building by implementing a comprehensive scheme of remedial works. However, in the event that a successful conversion of the building cannot be secured, the Notice allows for demolition and reseeding of the site for grass. The time limit for action is 12 months from issue of the Notice. Future demolition appears more than likely.
Tyne and Wear HER (5098): Clara Vale, Pit Head Baths LinkExternal link

Further down the road is NZ1364 : Numbers 13 & 14 Edlington Gardens, Clara Vale.
Clara Vale :: NZ1364

Clara Vale came into existence as a purpose built colliery community in the late C19th. Built by the Stella Coal Company, it thrived next to the nearby pit of Claravale. However, by the 1960s, the mine closed down. So too had many other nearby pits such as Emma, Greenside and Stargate.
The village was one of those listed as Category D (no development, property to be acquired and demolished and the population relocated to new housing) by Durham Council in the 1960s but the community remained and have retained a vibrant and active spirit although with employment elsewhere. Clara Vale became incorporated into the new metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear in 1974 and later became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.
The village is now one of 22 Conservation Areas ("areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance") designated by Gateshead Borough Council.
The essence of the model colliery village has been retained from the lack of new development in the immediate area, unlike neighbouring Ryton and Crawcrook, and from the few remaining colliery and community buildings.
There are few local amenities in the village, no shop or pub, but there are three golf courses nearby, and a wide range of community-led social events and clubs.

Clara Vale in Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
The 'model' colliery village of Clara Vale is described here Tyne and Wear HER(5156): Clara Vale, Colliery Village LinkExternal link
Clara Vale Colliery on Durham Mining Museum's site LinkExternal link
Category D villages in County Durham LinkExternal link
Ryton & District Local History Society: Archive LinkExternal link
Old photos on Gateshead Local Studies: LinkExternal link

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Category: Colliery
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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 30 December, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 30 December, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1328 6500 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.7659N 1:47.6425W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1337 6500
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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