Learn about the history of the coke ovens, which were the last to operate in Britain up until 1958 and enjoy a guided walk towards the tunnel at Victoria Garesfield,
Learn about the history of the coke ovens, which were the last to operate in Britain up until 1958 and enjoy a guided walk towards the tunnel at Victoria Garesfield, spotting other archaeological remains along the way.
Join Penny Middleton, Northern Archaeological Associates built heritage and conservation specialist, as she leads a guided walk around the coke ovens and surrounding area. Penny was involved in preparing the first detailed survey of the coke ovens, in preparation for the Land of Oak & Iron restoration project which is now underway. Find out the history of this nationally significant site. Discover how the coking battery worked when all 193 ovens were in operation and hear about the state of the art ‘structure through motion’ technology which was used to record the monument.
After the tour of the ovens, walk along the route of the former mineral line towards Victoria Garesfield Colliery, learning about other archaeological sites, before returning to the start.
The site itself includes some steps to access the ovens, however there is a more accessible path leading through the woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the ovens. The walk along to Victoria Garesfield is on a narrow, unsurfaced path which isn’t suitable for wheelchairs; please wear suitable footwear.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Whinfield coke ovens
End of Highfield Road, Whinfield Industrial Estate, Highfield, NE39 1EN
Land of Oak & Ironlandofoakandiron@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883