Our History

Seaton Sluice is situated half a mile north of, and formed part of, the old village of Hartley, of which the earliest records date from 1097, when it was in the possession of the monks of Tynemouth. Hartley was the name given to the whole of the area between the Brier Dene at Whitley and the Seaton Burn on the Blyth coastal road.

In the early years, apart from the Rivers Tyne and Tweed, there were no natural harbours along the Northumbrian coastline and so, with the growth of the coal trade, it became a necessity to develop new ports. Although Seaton Sluice was mentioned in 1565 in a drawn-up list of Northumbrian ports, it was then just a natural harbour.

Just over 200 years ago, Seaton Sluice became the centre of a flourishing coal and glass trade, exporting to Western Europe. For its size, Seaton Sluice was the centre of greater commercial activity than any other town on the North East coast, with ships of up to 300 tons burden visiting the tiny harbour. It was from the 30-odd pits in the district near Hartley Township where the coal was mined. Employing hundreds of seamen, and providing a living for miners, rope makers, sailmakers, shipbuilders, insurance brokers, and also investment opportunities for numerous shareholders, trade at Seaton Sluice once rivalled that of North Shields and Blyth, and its success was entirely due to the entrepreneurial and engineering skills of the Delaval family.  (From the Seaton Sluice and Old Hartley Local History Society)

Seaton Sluice Community Centre

Seaton Sluice Community Centre is a community owned building that has been located in a former primary school since 1971. The centre is run entirely by volunteers.

The association which manage the centre, is a charity and a limited company and was formed on 22 March 1963.

The volunteer management committee meets six times a year and these meetings are open to residents to attend.

The centre is accessible to all and is dog friendly and hosts the village library that is open 5 hours a week and a Post Office that is also open 5 hours a week.

The eight differing sized rooms in the centre are rented out to over forty clubs, all of which are run by volunteers.

Our clubs are Educational including: French, Spanish, Woodturning, Act, Craft, Camera Club, Rug Making, or Activity based: Table Tennis, Yoga, Pilates, Armchair Exercise and Social: Monday Café, Luncheon Club, Parent and Toddlers, Community Film Club, Tea Dance.

The community centre has plenty of off road car parking.

Free WiFi is available throughout the bigger building.

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Coffee Morning – 7 May 2022

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Friends of the Church of Our Lady AGM – 17 May 2022

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Coppergate Allotments Flower and Plant Sale – 21 May 2022

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Coppergate Allotments Plant and Flower Sale – 22 May 2022

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Seaton Sluice Jubilee Afternoon Tea – 2 June 2022

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Jubilee Pie and Peas Quiz Night – 3 June 2022

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Seaton Sluice Jubilee Family Fun Day – 4 June 2022

Jubilee Under 12s Craft Sessions

New Hartley Jubilee Street Party – 4 June 2022

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