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Tanfield is a former mining village in County Durham, Englandmarker near Stanleymarker and is the location of Tanfield Railwaymarker and the Causey Archmarker. It is also the location of Tanfield Schoolmarker.



  • Tanfield Lea Colliery, Tanfield Lea. Closed 25 August 1962. Owners:- Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd; (1947) NCB. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ188544, 54° 53' 2" N, 1° 42' 25" W, SW of Newcastle.

  • Tanfield Moor Colliery, Tantobie. Opened before 1828. Closed Oct 1948. Owners:- Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries Ltd. Location:- (Sheet 88) NZ169545, 54° 53' 6" N, 1° 44' 12" W, SW of Newcastle.

  • East Tanfield Colliery, Tantobie. Opened 1844. Closed January 1965. Owners: - James Joicey (from 1844), East Tanfield Colliery Co. Limited (from 1917), South Derwentside Coal Co. Limited (from 1929). National Coal Board (from 1947). Location: - (Sheet 88) NZ194552, 54° 53' 28" N, 1° 41' 51" W, SW of Newcastle

Religious sites

The village church of St. Margaret of Antioch dates back to 900 AD, but the present structure was built in the 18th century. It was the parish church of Beamish Hallmarker, former home to the Eden, Joicey and Shafto families. There is a Methodist church in Tanfield Leamarker.

Notable people

Tanfield was the home of Tommy Armstrong (1848-1919), the "pit-man poet", whose grave is in the village cemetery.

See also


  • - Durham Mining Museum

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