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Seaton Colliery (HIgh Pit), sinking began 1845, coal first produced in 1852, Seaham Colliery (Low Pit) sinking began 1849 a few years later the two collieries were amalgamated (1864) In the first weeks of working at Seaton Colliery there were 3 explosions as 40 years after the invention of the safety lamp, candles were still being used in the pit. In the explosion of 6th of June 1852, 6 men & boys were killed the youngest, Charles Halliday, was officially stated as being 10 years old but was actually aged between 8 years and 2 months and 9 years and 2 months.