By Britain's Decays
We visited St John's Hospital in Lincolnshire on Sunday, here is our video. Although we were told the security at the hospital was extremely tight we didn't actually come across any security at all! They must have been having a day off lol.
Visited with RJ & Shadow
History can be found http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/d/draycott_cross_colliery/index2.shtml
Looking deep into the tunnel, about half way down
Compresser/pump of some sort...?
16 & 18 tubs, narrow gauge track in deep mud
No road + 2 drill bits
Looking up a small side air shaft
Sand pilled to the roof and an earth mover
Looking back towards the sand mound. metal hoops, many of which are now badly distorted.
Pulley on the cable haulage system
Behind blocked off adits
Looking down to the flooded adit
Some of my other photo's can be viewed http://s68.beta.photobucket.com/user/Zoot337/library/Urbex/Dray
Thanks for looking
By Banshee =}
This is my first ever report so please bare with me
Payed a visit to this beauty last Sunday ... after an hour of scawering the fence ... we were in
Now for a bit history on the joint
Colliery known as “The Dukeries� because of the number of stately homes in the area. The colliery was owned by the Bolsover Colliery Company and passed to the National Coal Board in 1947.
The colliery was sunk to exploit the Barnsley seam or “Tophard�, as it known locally. In the 1950s the shafts were deepened to over 1000 yards (920 m) to exploit other seams.
The colliery was closed by British Coal, as the National Coal Board had become, in 1993 and reopened by RJB Mining (now UK Coal) in April 1994, the licence to dig for coal being limited to the Yard seam which is located at a depth of 957 yards (870 m). The colliery was finally closed in April 2003.
The headstocks of the colliery are regarded as the tallest in Europe and the third tallest in the world. They are Grade 2 Listed structures and can be seen all over the district. They are expensive to keep in good repair and there have been a number of appeals, as yet to no avail, to demolish them. But however the headstocks are nearly demolished now and no one knows what will happen in the future.
Now the good bits ... hope you like
Have driven past here on many occasions but have always seen security lurking around so when I got a call from Space Invader saying he was gonna go take a look I though yeah why not, Lets go join Him, Explored With Space Invader, Obscurity and Storm
A bit of History about the place ;
Snowdown was the initiative of Arthur Burr's Foncage Syndicate in 1907, but it had early sinking problems, with 22 miners drowning when the first shaft was sunk. Snowdown was the deepest pit in Kent, reaching a depth of 3,083 feet (940 m). The colliery was served by the Faversham to Dover railway, and a halt(Snowdown and Nonington) was provided. In 1945 the workforce was 1,876, with 1,523 being employed sub-surface and 353 above. The colliery closed in 1986 and the shafts were capped in 1988
And my Pics,
And a few of the Admin Building
Was a good "mini explore" and luckily no security in sight any where
By he who must rome
I Think I have just about run out of BIG Engines for steam powered stuff !!!! so sorry for this post as I have had to go BIGGER !!!.
This place has one huge Engine which we didnt expect to come across as we found this place by accident, a main drum of over 120 tons in weight and could bring coal to the surface at a crazy rate of 86 feet per second !. She no longer runs on steam but instead on compressed air (once the batteries have been replaced for the generator as the pikey's have nicked them). Thats one ride i would not want to be on, there's all sorts of goodies within the grounds too.....on with the pic's
The Engine house and Engine.
as no one is in the building but us 2 time to use the ladders and get below.
for the full history write up and more pictures press http://nick-myurbex.blogspot.com/2011/06/astley-green-colliery-museum.html