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ONE YEAR OF HELL

The true story of the 1880 Seaham Colliery Disaster

 

“This is one awesome story of a terrible mining disaster”

On a tranquil Tuesday evening 231 men and boys went down the mine to begin their shift. Four hours later a fiery explosion ripped through the Hutton and Maudlin seam destroying everything in it's path. Only 67 survivors were brought out of the pit. This book is a riveting account of the stories of the victims, survivors, widows and orphans and the trauma and heartache experienced in the pit village of Seaham Colliery.

 

 

 

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THE 2nd DURHAM (SEAHAM) ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS

The crack artillery Corps that history forgot

 

“This book is a record of many men from the colliery districts who voluntarily gave their time to prepare for war. The old 2nd Durham’s and their descendants have a right to be proud of their record and achievements”

 

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A HISTORY OF THE CHURCHES AT SEAHAM

Everything you need to know about the twenty-four churches built at Seaham

 

“This book provides the answers to many questions about the twenty-four churches, past and present, that were built at Seaham”

 

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SPORTING PASTIMES AT SEAHAM HARBOUR

The development of sport and recreation in the colliery districts

 

“This exploration of sporting pastimes at Seaham Harbour covers the period from 1835 to the mid-20th century when sport and recreation were woven into the very social fabric of everyday life in the town”

 

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A HISTORY OF THE LONDONDERRY LITERARY INSTITUTE, SEAHAM HARBOUR

The finest building and the social hub of a Victorian town.

 

“This Literary Institute evolved into a focal point for public and social groups that bound the fabric of the community together”

 

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HISTORY OF THE SEAHAM INFIRMARY

A local health service for the 19th century

 

“The 18th and 19th century was a torrid time for the sick, elderly and maimed. The time was right for some form of medical, surgical and nursing provision at Seaham Harbour.”

 

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SHIPBUILDING AT SEAHAM HARBOUR

The forgotten history of a maritime town

 

“The thirty-six ships built at Seaham Harbour are here no longer. They either sank or were sent to the breakers yard many years ago. This book documents the fine history of shipbuilding at Seaham Harbour.”

 

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A MASTER MARINER’S TALE

The Adventures of a Reluctant Secret Agent

 

“Richard Raine is the master of the collier brigantine “The William Thrift” that enters Seaham Harbour in April 1881. Richard could never have imagined the adventure that was to unfold when he sailed out of the harbour and the part he would play in maintaining the fragile peace that existed in Queen Victoria’s empire.”

 

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THE HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

A study of seafarers and ships visiting Seaham Harbour during the Victorian era

 

“This book introduces the reader to the port of Seaham Harbour on the lovely North-East coast of England. Previously unknown maritime information and facts are revealed and issues are considered about the hard-working life of mariners on board sailing ships.”

 

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