NZ1365 : Level crossing, Clara Vale

taken 10 years ago, near to Crawcrook, Gateshead, Great Britain

Level crossing, Clara Vale
Level crossing, Clara Vale
The level crossing provides access over the railway line to Ryton Golf Club.
There was never a railway station at Clara Vale although the colliery had extensive sidings beyond the current track where coal could be loaded from an overhead conveyor for transport to staithes on the River Tyne to the east and eventually to Stella Power Station itself in the 1950s.

Close to here, just south of the railway, before Clara Vale colliery was built, was the location of Crawcrook East Mill and its mill-pond fed from NZ1364 : Edington Well, Clara Vale. The flour mill was out of use for some years before the pit was sunk and the village built in the 1880s.
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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Thursday, 30 December, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 31 December, 2010
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Level crossing   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1333 6510 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.8197N 1:47.5954W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1335 6506
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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