Inside the UK seaside town where boarded up homes sell for as little as 20k

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    Properties in a deserted seaside town are being sold for half the value they held just a few years ago, with some as cheap as £20,000.

    YouTuber David Burnip, who goes by the screen name Wandering Turnip, explored the Durham seaside town of Horden – one a thriving mining community but now completely hollowed-out by the loss of the mining industry.

    “Horton is an ex-mining town,” he explains. “The coal mine here was sunk and opened in 1900 and operated all the way through the 20th century.

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    “At one point the mine boasted 4,000 workers," he said. Now most of them have moved away and entire streets are deserted and boarded up.

    “Four thousand people were working at the coal mine,” he emphasises. “Living here, spending their money, and bringing up families."

    David explains that the mine at one point held the European record for the most tons of coal removed in a single day from one mine.

    “The town held that record for 30 years,” he said, “so it was it was the real deal…a real powerhouse of industry."

    But then in 1987 the mine was shut down and all those workers – and people working in shops and service industries that relied on the miners’ income had to go elsewhere to find work.

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    That’s led to a dramatic drop in house prices.

    One house, on Sixth Street, was listed at £30,000 in April last year. The last time it was sold, in February 2008, it went for £65,000.

    Another, on the same road, was put on for £29,000 in October 2021. Its previous sale price, in April 2007, was over twice that at £60,000.

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    David spoke to one ex-colliery worker who hadn’t moved away, who said there was “a lot of the younger generation on the drugs now".

    He added: “Not just the younger generation… some of the older ones as well."

    The pits were hard work, he added, but at least it was a job.

    Horden’s plight is symbolised by a statue of a miner, called “marram – the local dialect for “mate” who stands on a plinth with his heart ripped out, in the sway that the loss of many industries in the region has torn out the heart of these once-thriving communities.


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