The rich history of Thornley finds its foundation in the sinking of the colliery in 1835 and also includes the founding of the Durham Miners’ Association in 1869. The development of Hartlepool as a port city wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of Thornley Colliery. The shutdown of the mine in 1970 left many workers unemployed, but their legacy lives on through the individuals who call Thornley their home.
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