Stanley Crook is a tiny rural village which used to have two collieries. It is not to be confused with the town of Stanley, 12 miles away.
Stanley Crook In The 1960s
The Billy Row Club trip is one of the items included in this vintage home movie filmed in and around Stanley Crook in the 1960s.
“Historic Video of Stanley Crook Circa 1963” – YouTube channel Karl Utley
End of an Era 1963
This video from 1963 shows us glimpses of the local coal mining industry coming to its end.
Stanley Cottage No1 Drift was closed in 1963. This film opens with the miners leaving their final shift at the pit.
Next we see pit ponies from the Stanley Crook area, enjoying their retirement in relaxing green fields, very different to their dark and heavy work underground.
Finally we see another pit that closed in 1963, the Wooley Colliery
“Durham Coal Mining Vintage Film 1963” – YouTube channel Durham Telly
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