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#James#
22-10-2010, 19:40
I am working on continuing a photographic project documenting marks that industry has left and is leaving within the land around the Humber region, and I'm looking to extend my project to areas of Sheffield, Wakefield, Doncaster and Leeds, focusing on coal in the area primarily. I've found it hard to find out the details and locations of surface coal mines around the region. Is anyone able to help me with locations of mines that are either still active, or closed but still standing as structures? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
James

#James#
22-10-2010, 19:41
I am working on continuing a photographic project documenting marks that industry has left and is leaving within the land around the Humber region, and I'm looking to extend my project to areas of Sheffield, Wakefield, Doncaster and Leeds, focusing on coal in the area primarily. I've found it hard to find out the details and locations of surface coal mines around the region. Is anyone able to help me with locations of mines that are either still active, or closed but still standing as structures? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
James

Bilge
22-10-2010, 19:52
Maltby, Hatfield and Kellingley are still open:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collieries_in_Yorkshire_1984-present_with_dates_of_closure

Longcol
22-10-2010, 19:54
As far as I know the only working mine left in the region is Maltby. I don't think there is a huge amount left in the way of structure at most of the old pits - although most of the pit tips (slag heaps) are still there.

I'll see if I can dig up a list of the old collieries - google earth might show you if there's anything worth looking at.

Added - Bilge has given you the list - thanks mate - some memories there from a lad born 200 yards from the pit gates.

sibon
22-10-2010, 19:58
I think that Harworth is still open. The winding gear was still there last time I went past.

chem1st
22-10-2010, 20:07
Doesn't Stoke have a preserved pit?

Bilge
22-10-2010, 20:09
I think that Harworth is still open. The winding gear was still there last time I went past.

Notts though. Another place altogether.

Accrding to this recently closed or 'mothballed':
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harworth_Colliery

So still intact on the surface I guess.

Longcol
22-10-2010, 20:11
I think that Harworth is still open. The winding gear was still there last time I went past.

Harworth won't be on Bilge's list as it is just over the border in North Nottinghamshire - I think it was mothballed about 5 years ago although there has been talk of it re-opening and yes the infrastructure is still there. It also used to have an interesting system of getting the slag from the mine to the tip by means of buckets on an overhead cable pulley which used to cross the Blyth road.

chem1st
22-10-2010, 20:12
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=13263

melthebell
22-10-2010, 20:14
whats orgreave these days?

Longcol
22-10-2010, 20:17
whats orgreave these days?

Industrial estate.

chem1st
22-10-2010, 20:19
Industrial estate.

'Dore' industrial estate,

I recall it having 3 units open this time last year.

melthebell
22-10-2010, 20:19
Industrial estate.

long long long time since i went down that way

but

i will always remember going to have a look during the miners strike at dinner time at school
and walking back from rotherham over orgreave to woodhouse mill after a conflict gig

Longcol
22-10-2010, 20:24
Doesn't Stoke have a preserved pit?

This one? (Mining Museum)

http://www.showcaves.com/english/gb/mines/Chatterley.html

melthebell
22-10-2010, 20:31
deja vu???

pacman123
22-10-2010, 21:05
This might be interesting for you:-

http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/home/

Also:-

http://www.ncm.org.uk/

cat631
22-10-2010, 22:04
What do you mean by 'surface coal mines'? Are you looking for information on opencast mines or deep mines?

#James#
22-10-2010, 23:12
Opencast, please.

#James#
22-10-2010, 23:14
Thanks for the replies guys. Very useful! :)

chem1st
22-10-2010, 23:19
This might be interesting for you:-

http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/home/

Also:-

http://www.ncm.org.uk/

That would be the one ;)

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=50944

chem1st
22-10-2010, 23:23
A brilliant piece of writing in the above link;

It was a battle between brains and brawn, money men and grafters. Margaret Thatcher and the Tory Government of the time were insistent that coal mining in this country was uneconomic and expensive and could be imported for less, and that deregulation of financial markets would make everyone rich.
They were wrong, on both counts. Maybe the coal industry was uneconomic at the time, but that was a short-term view, whilst financial freedom has simply led to polarised communities, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. On election in 1997, Tony Blair vowed to eradicate poverty, but this has proved nigh on impossible thanks to the untamed monster that Thatcher and her friends created, allowing financial experts to create more ingenious ways to make money. Maybe the pain that they are currently suffering is some form of social justice.
Margaret Thatcher and her Government may have had valid points, and ultimately an argument that could have been won. Deep down though, she believed that the strike was unjustified, and it presented her with an opportunity to flex her political muscles and hone her Iron Lady image. And that she did.
However, what has caused most damage and hurt was the virtual abandonment of coalfield communities that followed, communities that were raised on coal, that relied on the industry for their living. Told to “get on their bikes” to find new sources of employment, such communities became alienated from mainstream life, with the now recognised social ills of such public policy (drug and alcohol abuse, health issues, housing problems) spiralling out of control.

cat631
22-10-2010, 23:45
The only opencast site I know of locally is between Woodhouse Mill and Swallownest, at the bottom of Fence Hill. It's not a very big one but is easily visible from the main road.
If you would like to visit more in other parts of the country, please let me know and I will get you their addresses.
Orgreave OCCS has now finished but it may be of interest to you to see what an opencast coal site looks like when the land is reinstated.

happyhippy
23-10-2010, 00:33
Threads merged

Mikewilson
04-01-2012, 18:59
I worked at a few collierys in the Yorkshire areas. Happy days but by it was hard graft. I have finally just been paid for my White finger services which really has come at a good time. Its only took them 15 years.

RickyO
05-01-2012, 03:45
My father worked at Tinsley Park colliery which closed I think in the 40's or 50's. In fact he was buried by a roof fall in the early forties but was rescued and survived the ordeal. He died in 1991.

raymondo1952
01-04-2012, 17:40
thinking back 50yrs remember playing on the pit hills top of woodbourn road, they were the spoils of the pit, also near there was a farm called cowlyshaws that was the entertainment of the day The pit was called something nunnery

xenia
02-04-2012, 14:03
A brilliant piece of writing in the above link;

I think this lad is just wondering where the pits were, maybe he can work out for himself why they arent there anymore.

If he does research it I hope he will come back on here, look at the drivel you have spouted and correct you.

Cookingfat
02-04-2012, 21:29
there are dozens in sheffield alone there was one at manor top where the fire station is, one further down near traffic lights on mansfield rd on the left hand side by the noahs ark pub, one at handsworth, like i said dozens of them i heard of many men digging their back gardens up to find coal as for yorkshire goodness knows how many there were