Pit baths under threat

THE Pithead Baths at the former Lynemouth Colliery has been identified by English Heritage as an under threat site.

The bathhouse, built in 1938, is on the organisation’s 2011 Heritage at Risk Register along with a range of other industrial facilities across the North East.

Owners, volunteers and local groups are working hard to save these sites and English Heritage is launching a national action plan in response to its research.

This includes a new guide to keeping buildings safe from decay or in ‘meanwhile’ use until better economic times and help for heritage rescue groups where commercial re-use is an unlikely option.

It will also part-fund an Industrial Heritage Support Officer to set up a network of support and advice for trusts and voluntary groups.

Carol Pyrah, North East Planning Director at English Heritage, said: “Britain led the way in global industrialisation and as a result we are custodians of the world’s most important industrial heritage.

“It is, however, one of the elements of our heritage most at risk.”