chapter  7
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Politics and Housing in a Durham Mining Town Ellis Thorpe

This chapter presents two case studies of industrial change, carried out in Spennymoor to south-west Durham in 1969 and 1970, in an area which until the middle of 1960s was still one of significant coal-mining employment. It discusses that in 1969 of Tudhoe Park Colliery on the northern edge of the town, was the latest of a number which signalled the approaching end of coal mining in the Spennymoor area. This contrasted with the position five years previously, when there were nine pits within four miles of Spennymoor town centre. Tudhoe Park was the seventh colliery to close in the local area in just over four years. After its closure only two collieries in the locality, Whitworth Park and Metal Bridge Drift, remained, employing 520 men. The next nearest collieries, East Hetton and Fishburn lay six miles to the east; neither had the long-life future of the east Durham collieries on the coast.