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 who achieved the King's Award for Voluntary Service in 2023.

The association which manages 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. It hosts the village library, which is open 5 hours a week, and a Post Office also opens 5 hours a week.

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

Our varied clubs include Woodturning, Art, 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 and Tea Dance.

The community centre has plenty of off-road car parking.

Free WiFi is available throughout the bigger building.

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