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
By he who must rome
Well went for a smootch round this place but on getting there we was told this working museum had shut about 10 years ago and no longer open to the public !!!, The MD from the council came out of his on site office to see what we wanted as we were armed to the teeth with camera gear then told under no circumstance was we getting on as (get this shit !) "due to H n S regulations the site is heavily polluted with asbestos from the roofs and some walls" Hmmmmmmm don't think he liked my reply of " Oh you mean over there where the work men are well working without any breathing apparatus on or protective equipment of any type"...hahaha I had to laugh as me and r lass then started to walk the outside of the parameter fence shooting away as he went bright pink foaming at the mouth !....although we found no way in "the bloody Liverpool lads had made one hell of a nice steel fencing and concrete job" pic's are below of what we could get with as little fencing as possible been in shot........me thinks this will have to be better looked at in the future.......
By he who must rome
Although an open cast mine its good that some guards will let you roam the site for a photo shoot......cheers m8 what ever they call you !.
visited late feb 2011 the 2nd out of three collieries on this date. didn't expect to get into the buildings so that was a bonus.
history part below written by some one else as this is only what i can find with eyes as big as saucepans !
Borne from the Derbyshire coalfield in 1980 the disposal point was utilised during opencast mining of the immediate area, although there was a drift mine across the road for many years before that. UK Coal, or RJB Mining before that, or the National Coal Board before then were able to supply customers coal tailored to their particular field of business.
Running a coal fired power station for instance require coal to be crushed to a fine dust, the disposal point had the facilities to provide exactly that. The same can be said for companies in the cement business, where they require crushed coal that can be blown into their rotary kilns, this place was set up to deliver the goods.
It is essentially a crushing and screening plant, similar to many quarries that frequent Derbyshire, just a different mineral.
However, mining and mines have a finite life, and Oxcroft closed in 2006. In fairness it's actually mothballed, and I read something somewhere that UK Coal have plans to re-open the place, although given the fact there are no working collieries in Derbyshire these days it's difficult to imagine in what capacity.
There was a brief respite in the working life of Oxcroft in 2007 when UK Coal started a coal recovery operation to sift through nearby pit tips and recover around 14000 tonnes of coal. It's all been quiet since then.