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  1. an early finish today prompted a visit to the former colliery site at manton and the sidings at manton wood after parking the car in manton pit wood park trying to look like an afternoon stroller and not an urban explorer a circuitous walk through manton pit wood was required to reach my goal and avoid the security cameras in the car park. after much huffing and puffing uphill through the trees i gained the main path about half wayup the pit tip another path led me around the side and down to the old trackbed when i discovered a flatter way and the tree cover was enough to hide what i was up to. climbing down the bank with a few choice oaths i gained the old trackbed of the former manton colliery. opened in 1898 manton was a 3 shaft colliery fully operational in 1907 in 1947 it was part of south yorkshire area not nottinghamshire closing in febuary 1994 manton was the 29th pit to close and the 8th pit in bassetlaw . the majority of mantons coal went to the CEGB power station at cottham but after the privatisation of of the electricity industry in 1990 and the dash for gas led to the pits demise. today the site is now owned by diy giant B&Q some bits of track still exsist as far as the other side of the retford road bridge the bridge itself is now fenced off as a dangerous structure and will possibly be removed at some point for scrap severing forever the former track into manton colliery i dont think that B&Q are really intrested in products being shipped in or out by train as the bridge over retford road would possibly have to be replaced ruling out trains ever running again at this location on cost grounds. the sidings at manton wood are still extant but see little use apart from the monday to saturday 17.35 east midlands trains service from nottingham which stables then runs round here to allow the northern rail sheffield to lincoln and lincoln to sheffield services to pass and use the platforms at worksop. 58029 prepares to leave manton colliery with a coal train to cottham power station the cripple wagon on the left awaits attention the same scene today looking towards manton colliery sees only bright orange B&Q trailers parked up awaiting loading for another journey sleepers and ballast litter the former trackbed near manton colliery two views of the former railway bridge that used to connect manton colliery to the main line along with its bridge board i doubt the safety of trains would be affected seeing as a train hasnt crossed this bridge for 24 years a security fence and padlocked gate declare retford road bridge an unsafe structure the rails end at a mound of ballast behind the camera the single to double track points still in place having done the batman routine (above) and ducked around the security fencing a small section being available here is the bridge decking with the track still in place not having seen a train for 24 years the bridge from the other side batman time again !!! the bridge from the main line end shows the track still connected but covered by a mound of ballast a rusty rail in the undergrowth beyond the trees a rusty rail in the grass continues towards the main line with another ballast pile just short of the main line continuing beyond the ballast the rail has either sank or collapsed at this point dolly signal wp270 protects the main line from phantom coal trains A 2 ..2car set passes manton wood signal box heading for sheffield possibly from cleethorpes via gainsborough the colliery access tracks in the foreground of the hut and the rear of the DMU. now overgrown and unused looking towards retford apart from the monday to saturday east midland trains 17.35 from nottingham which stables here then runs round to allow 2 northern services to pass...looking towards worksop and the occasional network rail train the signal box was where the boxes are now on the bankside the former manton colliery line turns right here the sheffield to lincoln main line is on the left and finally the network rail access board
  2. 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 28 tubs 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 blocked adit 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
  3. Afternoon, Thought i had lost these pictures forever, but alas numerous devices raided for pictures and i managed to rescue enough to warrant a report. Had my eye on this place from the moment it closed, situated in a village with most of my family in it. Infact often looking out across the fields from the garden of their home wondering when it would actually close eager to have a look around somewhere that had not on shaped the surrounding landscape, but employed relatives over the years.. then it did... time for a look. History; Thoresby Colliery was a coal mine in north Nottinghamshire. The mine opened in 1925, and closed in 2015, then Nottinghamshire's last coal mine. The first two shafts in 1925 were sunk to 690 metres (2,260 ft). The shafts were deepended by 109 metres (358 ft) in the 1950s. After privatization of the National Coal Board in the 1990s the mine was taken over by RJB Mining (later UK Coal as UK Coal Thoresby Ltd). In April 2014 it was announced that the pit would close July 2015. The colliery's 600 employees had been reduced to 360 by the time of the closure in July 2015. The wander; Visited this place with non member xcon2icon/Frankie Jaeger - not sure what he wants to be referred to as. We had spent the last few nights camping in the Peak District, climbing and venturing into mines, so knowing i could count on the family to put us up and have a much needed shower we headed here. A few beers and roll ups later we decided that the big sprawling colliery we had been staring at for the last few hours while drinking needed to be done. Gaining access to the site was so very simple, however we soon saw a few vehicles on site and heard the beautiful sound of ravages barking in the distance. Not easily put off, we pressed further into the huge site. Looking round the corner of the explosives store building, a white 4x4 was parked up with a man slumped behind the wheel and a dog in there too. Thinking that was it we retreated back round the corner listening to the possessed dog go full retard, barking away. Thankfully the bloke was having a nap until his dog woke him up, we hid up watching mr security wake up and go for a drive as if he was doing his job properly. Leaving us to venture deeper onto the site. Enough waffle, on with the pictures... hours spent in here ducking and diving from at least 3 security vehicles, and hounds, cracking fun. Unfortunately didnt have time to collect the crew hoodies we had ordered for the group shot so none of them this time. Cheers for looking..
  4. Went for a mooch about with @-Raz- History; The first shafts at Maltby Main Colliery were sunk in 1910, and the first coal produced four years later. Situated in a wooded area on Tickhill Road the colliery was some distance from the township of Maltby and in order to gain a workforce the colliery company commissioned the building of Maltby Model Village, an estate of 1,000 houses. The colliery was opened by the Maltby Main Colliery Company, a subsidiary of the Sheepbridge Iron and Coal Company.[1]Before nationalisation the owners were given as Amalgamated Denaby Collieries Ltd. An explosion in the pit occurred 28 July 1923, resulting in 27 deaths. The two shafts were deepened in the ten years from 1951 and this allowed horizontal access to the Barnsley seam. This also gave access to a new Swallow Wood seam. By 1969 the Barnsley seam was considered exhausted and production went over to Swallow Wood. In 1981 a major project commenced to mine the Parkgate seam. Costing £180,000,000 the first coal was brought to the surface just one year later. The colliery was mass picketed during the 1984–1985 miners' strike during attempts by contractors to carry out building work at the pit. The colliery was bought by RJB Mining, later renamed UK Coal, in 1994. Silverwood Colliery, the adjacent mine, closed in 1994 but had good reserves which could be worked from Maltby. Uncertainties with contracts, notably with the electricity generators, production was stopped in 1997. The pit recommenced operations and coal was gained from both the Parkgate seam, which is estimated to be exhausted by 2014, and the Silkstone seam, which will extend the life of the pit beyond that date. In 2007 Maltby Colliery was sold by UK Coal to Hargreaves Services plc for £21.5 million, resulting in the continued employment of 500 people. Access to the reserves is gained by two shafts, No.2 984m deep and No.3 991m deep, with the capability of winding up to 1,500 tonnes of mineral an hour to the surface. In May 2012 unusual and dangerous geological conditions (oil, water and gas ingress) were discovered in workings of the T125 block that was to be exploited in 2013, resulting in abandonment of the tailgate for that block, and was expected to cause an gap in production of 1.5 to 3 months. In late 2012 the 540 employees were given redundancies notices, and the pit owner announced it was to mothball the colliery due to dangerous underground conditions. On December 2012 Hargeaves announced that the colliery was to close due to the geological problems... ...Convenient right? The mine was closed in 2013, and most of the above ground structures demolished in 2014 The explore; We arrived and parked miles away which left us with a long walk over what could quite possibly have been the moon? More slag mountains than slag heaps. Avoiding the spinning rather angry cameras we decided to leave the power house till last, as we didn't want to miss the main attraction, so to the Baths we went. We popped our heads into the power house on the way out but decided it wasn't really worth it so it was time to leave or "offskie" as Raz fondly says. Here's the rest of the set; Some real sign porn here... As always, thanks for looking
  5. End of an era. An era which has been on the decline for a number of decades. An era that made Britain truly great. An era that saw many prosperous moments. An era that couldn’t sustain itself. The era I’m talking about was Industrial Britain and the closure of Kellingly Colliery, the last deep level mine in the UK not only signifies the end of the UK coal industry, but puts a final end to the great industrial times Britain used to know. 1. External with one of the two winding towers. Coal. The life-blood of the industrial revolution was mined in great quantities from the plentiful seams throughout the North of England. Powering everything from a blacksmiths forge to the immense power stations that are now seeing out their final days, coal was solely responsible for powering the industrial past of the UK. It’s no surprise then, that the decline of the coal industry and the downturn in heavy industry have gone hand-in-hand. No longer do we need to burn vast quantities of highly-polluting fuels, so the closure of the last coal mine is the final milestone of Industrial Britain. A point where we can look back at everything we have achieved, and celebrate the greatness of Britain. A moment to look to the future with wonder. Britain may have had a change in direction, but we are still world leaders in many, many sectors. We develop modern techniques and move with the times. It may be a sad day for the workers of Kellingly, but with a nod of respect to the past, we see the future of the nation in this closure and look towards a bright, clean future. Long live Britain. Visited with @SpiderMonkey. 2. Masses of coal conveyors 3. Winding towers 4. The "Big K" workers entrance 5. Workers entrance 6. The cafe area provided us with nice chilled refreshments 7. Locker rooms 8. Locker rooms 9. Miners clothing 10. Showers 11. Lamp charging area 12. Each lamp still has the miners name displayed 13. Clocking in cards 14. Search yourself 15. Workers shaft entrance 16. Workers shaft entrance 17. Shaft 2 head - where the coal reaches the surface 18. Shaft 1 railway truck entrance 19. Shaft 1 railway 20. Locomotive at shaft 1 21. Locomotive 22. Comfy controls 23. Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1 24. Winding gear electric motor 25. Winding house No. 1 26. Winding house control room and wheels 27. Winding house control room 28. Maintenance/porn room 29. Tanks 30. The site viewed from winding tower
  6. A personal favourite of myn. Had two visits here, one with no camera and another quick visit, due to pikeys being in here stripping it and one following me around, i valued my camera gear and my life so i left with only a handful of snapshots. Now well secured, with intercom warning if you get within a few metres of the perimeter. Clipstone Colliery was a coal mine situated near the village of the same name on the edge of an area of Nottinghamshire 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 headstocks and powerhouse are grade II listed buildings. The colliery was sunk to exploit the Barnsley seam or “Tophardâ€, 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. Thanks for looking guys and gals
  7. Living in Castleford, Yorkshire, you can't really go anywhere without seeing evidence of the once booming coal mining industry in the area. This old girl, locally known simply as "The Iron Bridge" is just one example. Ive put July 15 on the header simply because that is when i took these photos when in reality i've been going down to it for years from 14 to get pissed. Classy. A little back ground on the mine; Wheldale Colliery was located on Wheldon road, Castleford. Sinking operations began in 1868, two shafts, both 13 ft dia. Were sunk to the Beeston seam at a depth of 564 yards. Production started in 1870. One of the main investors was a Dr Holt and for a number of years the colliery was known as the doctors pit. In 1899 the Wheldale coal company and Fryston coal company amalgamated. In 1919 Wheldale coal company amalgamated with Allerton Bywater collery to form Airedale Collieries LTD. Initial manpower was around 1000 men and boys and produced around 200000 tonnes of coal a year. On the 22nd Febraury 1923 9 men were killed in an underground explosion. Wheldale had no coal washing plant. In the 1930's a mineral line was laid from Wheldale to Fryston so that coal that required washing went to Fryston colliery. In 1947 the Wheldale colliery was nationalised. In 1949 major investment was undertaken. Skips were installed in the downcast shaft. There were 2 skips, each with a capacity of 6 tonnes giving a capacity of 350 tonnes per hour. The Downcast shaft had an electric winder which had two 475 H.P. motors. The upcast shaft was the men and materials shaft, this had 2 single deck cages. Each cage could hold two tubs. The winder had a 180 H.P. motor. The colliery was completely electrified. The shafts at Wheldale had 6 insets, Warren House seam at 183m, Haigh Moor seam at 258m, Flockton Thick seam at 346m, Middleton Little seam at 400m, Silkstone seam at 436m and Beeston seam at 516m. When the colliery was modernised in 1949 conveyor belts were installed, gate roads were 30 inch belts, trunk conveyors were 36 inch in width. The flockton seam had two bunkers, pit bottom bunker of 250 tonnes capacity and an inbye bunker of 200 tonnes. Dirt from repairs in the return gates were transported to the pit bottom in tubs. Material supplies and man riding was carried out using diesel locomotives. Coal was mined using AFC mounted trepanners. There was no coal preparation plant at the colliery. Coal smaller than 1 inch was sent to Glasshoughton Coking plant or to powerstations. Coal above 1 inch was sent to Fryston colliery for treatment. Wheldale produced around 400000 tonnes of coal a year from a manpower of 650 men. The coal was transported by locomotive to Fryston or by barge to Ferrybridge powerstation. When Fryston colliery closed in 1985 a barrel washer was set up to clean coal at Wheldale. In 1982 Wheldale broke its yearly production record with an output of 500000 tonnes for the year. Wheldale colliery closed in October 1987 after producing coal for 117 years. The colliery site was then cleared after salvage operations were complete. The shafts were never filled. A methane capture plant was built to convert the methane gas from the old workings into electricity. This power station generates 10MW of power and provides electricity for about 8000 homes. Hickson & Welch Chemical Co. in the background Thanks for looking
  8. Checked this school out on a bit of a whim with a non member whilst doing something else in the area, we wasn't sure what to expect having not done any proper research on it, first impressions weren't good as it's looking very knackered outside, however inside it was a real treat, heavily boarded but despite this what light there is inside was spot on and seemed to add to it making it really photogenic, hence the overkill on the images (sorry) Mucho dead pigeons and their shit everywhere but to be expected the length it's been shut. The School was opened in 1913. According to Kelly’s Directory for 1914 “Easington Colliery School for boys, girls and infants when completed will have cost £21,000 for 1296 children; average attendance 320 boys, 310 girls and 325 infants. However further records show that the sexes were separated with the girls’ school opening 2nd March 1914 and the boys school, a year later on 26th May 1915. In the separate schools the seniors were upstairs and the younger ones downstairs,The boys building was at the top of the bank separated by two yards from the girls’ building which was further down the road, nearer to the colliery. Each department had its own yard with outside toilets. In the senior boys’ yard was a special building,tucked in the corner for woodwork with a matching one for cookery in the girls’ yard.** This arrangement continued until 1938 when the “New School†(always known as this even when it was about to be demolished in the 1990’s) was built. This building was between the colliery and the village in an area known locally as the ‘Waterworks’. The Schools closed mid 90's from what i can gather. .. .. .. .. .. .. Cheers for looking
  9. Another great place to visit as most of you will know by now, Visited in may of 2013 with urban witness & urban sentry. It seamed like ages to walk over the field so we could approach from the rear of the place then finding the way in was also not such an easy task !! .... but needless to say we carried on looking and as you can see the rest is history HISTORY Clipstone Colliery was a coal mine situated near the village of the same name on the edge of an area of Nottinghamshire 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 “Tophardâ€Â, 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.
  10. The first stop of my recent England road trip, having driven through the night to try get here for the sunrise, I arrived very early in the morning with JFR (my Scottish exploring buddy). The goal of this trip was too conquer the roadside headstock, after climbing to around 20feet from what I thought was the entry point to the roadside platform I was greeted with a vertical shaft with no more ladders. Having squeezed up what must have been 100+ feet of bird shit, nests, dead pigeons, buckets of grease and debris, it was obvious it was not going to be possible with my backpack on. Another visit will have to be made. So it was decided to climb to the easier headstock, but was also too late once we got there for proper sunrise pics. As the weather was much nicer than the last time we visited, I took the tripod up and whacked on the fisheye to have a bit of fun up top As this was JFR's first trip here we took a quick wander around the buildings, see if you can spot him creeping around Thanks for looking
  11. Quite a bit late with this report, but finally getting round to posting up some pics. After completing a early morning adventure at a nearby hospital Scattergun, Proj3ct M4yh3m, Lowri and two friends from Spain headed for this here. It was a bright sunny day, but it was also freezing cold, high winds and the distinct lack of sleep having been awake for some 30 odd hours SG and I wearily took on this place. I won't go into the history as it has been done a few times before. Under the expert guidance of Proj3ct M4yh3m and Lowri we left the ole fart SG in the car to catch 40 winks whilst we made our way into the site in broad daylight. Not a care in the world was given by passer-bys, thankfully! Access was fairly simple and we soon were inside wandering around the beast with the wind howling through, it was bloody cold but exciting place to be! Soon SG joined us and it was decided to head for the Headstock, in a mild gale with snow showers! Mr Vertigo himself crawling back down Very cool Spiral staircase Back inside it was time to grab a few more shots and try get some warmth in us. Couple externals before retreating to a hotel and some much needed sleep!
  12. This site was second on my list of places to visit. The History. East Holywell Colliery, D Pit, opened in 1872 during the early expansion of the South East Northumberland coalfield, and closed in 1973. In the 1850s the owners were Plummer, Taylor, Clark and Lamb, later Hugh Taylor & Co, and then East Holywell Coal Company Ltd. Most of the surviving buildings on the road from Earsdon to Backworth appear to be of 20th century date and include a brick-built horizontal engine house, baths, offices, workshops and stores.. The Visit. Pictures I'd seen of the place made it look just my type of site - very fooked... but somehow still appealing to me and with a fair bit of graf - some of it fairly reasonable. This was NOT an explore to do solo if of a nervous disposition or fairly new to urbex/solo explores. there were plenty of loose iron panels and a fair amount of wind around. Consequently there was a constant racket throughout the whole place during my whole time there lol. The Pictures. - 1 - - 2 - - 3 - - 4 - - 5 - - 6 - - 7 - - 8 - - 9 - - 10 - - 11 - - 12 - - 13 - - for some reason I didn't fancy walking through this room 14 - - 15 - - 16 - - I decided that the footwear I was wearing for the explore was not really suitable so I decided to ditch it. 17 - - 18 - - 19 - - 20 - - 21 - - 22 - - 23 - - Ta for looking _
  13. Having some time to kill on one of my recent jaunts up north, we popped into this place as it was close by and got shown round by a very knowledgeable chap who used to work down the pit. He certainly knew his stuff and was fascinating to listen to, so much so I almost forgot to take any photos. Pleasley was sunk in the 1870s and produced coal until 1983. By some miracle it escaped complete demolition after closure and it still retains its headstocks, engine-houses and steam winders, one of which was installed in 1904 by Lilleshall Co. Ltd. and the other in 1922 by Markham & Co. Ltd. Pleasley Colliery is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is in the process of being developed into a mining heritage site. The engine-house roofs and the chimney have been renovated and now the winders have been restored by members of the Friends of Pleasley Pit preservation group. Now I know this isn't urban exploration strictly speaking, but it might be of interest to some because the winding house here houses not one, but TWO very fine examples of steam driven winders in excellent condition and being restored currently to a very high standard. Infact they think given time and money they may eventually get them to move under steam again at some point in the future. This was all still in use up utill 1983 when the pit closed, which quite frankly was amazing as most had been converted to electrically driven winding gear by that time. It's worth noting if you want to pop up here that there's a fantastic little cafe on site which do great tea and bacon cobs. Just a few pictures for those who are interested. Outside Inside This winder is in the process of being restored And this one has been restored There's a whole load of mining artifacts and other interesting bits and pieces there to look at, but if you want to see that then you'll have to pop in yourself. :-) More information on the Pleasley Colliery Website http://www.pleasley-colliery.org.uk/ Thanks for looking Maniac.
  14. 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
  15. One of my local haunts,been 3 times now,and still great..
  16. I feel like an idiot that this didnt get done sooner, I just never got round to it. Its really good-one of the best I have done....only 40 minutes away. If you haven't been then I recommend it, the size is unbelievable-something you cant really see in the pictures. A good day out with a solid crew-fun times. A bit of history: "Clipstone Colliery, is at Clipstone village in Nottinghamshire. The new village of Clipstone, was built on the site of Clipstone Army Camp in 1926 by the Bolsover Mining Company. It was built as a model village with the latest housing and facilities to provide accommodation and recreation for the mines workers. In 1912 the Bolsover Colliery Company leased 6,000 acres of mining rights form the Duke of Portland. A test bore found the 6ft Tophard seam of coal present at a depth of 640yds below surface. At the outbreak of war in 1914 the work on sinking of the shaft was suspended at a depth of 50 ft however the surface buildings such as the winding house went on to be completed. In 1919 work on the shaft recommenced and by 1922 the two 21ft diameter shafts were complete. Mining on the Tophard seam began in 1927. By WWII, the seam being worked was becoming exhausted, so deeper needed to be developed resulting in a programme of reconstruction/reorganisation being drawn up just after the war. The National Coal Board (NCB) implemented the scheme upon nationalisation in 1947-48. At surface, work had started fully by 1953. All the old equipment including the old steam winders, boilers, and fan, were scrapped and the winding houses, headframes, boiler house, fan house and heapstead buildings etc were demolished. They were replaced by new heapsteads, headframes, a fan house, and a winder/power house located between the two shafts, with two electrically powered winders. In the case of the winding system, a different form was used, this being a system already adopted in Europe named 'Koepe' or Friction winding. This uses a single loop of wire rope, or two or more ropes in parallel, and a powered pulley or 'Koepe' wheel to wind rather than the standard drum. The system is thus balanced, needing less power for operation. It was invented in Germany in 1877 by Frederick Koepe, the first British example being installed at Bestwood Colliery, Nottinghamshire, in the 1880s. It was not successful, and was soon removed. The system was installed at a few more collieries up to the 1930s, but did not enjoy widespread use. Clipstone was one of the first post war examples of this system, but surprisingly, here the NCB went for ground based winders, rather than the by now more usual system of winders installed in towers over the shafts. This required the use of headframes, and the ones at Clipstone have pulley wheels or 'sheaves' located one above the other being designed specifically for the Koepe winding system. The winding house contained the two electrically driven Koepe winders, and two motor generator sets to convert the local AC supply to DC. This configuration remained virtually unaltered until closure in 2003. The heapsteads are the two brick buildings beneath the headframes. The central winder house is a modern design of brick and glass. The two magnificent headframes, which were the tallest in the UK when built, standing at approximately 65m high, and act as local landmarks as they can be seen for a miles around dominating the skyline. The 1950s headgear and winder house were listed in 2000 as an "early example of the 'Koepe' system". Whilst they are not the first built, it seems that they are the earliest in situ example left in the UK. The architecture of these buildings is excellent for a post war twentieth century colliery. This technical interest has not stopped demolition proposals. In 2003, a referendum in Clipstone was held and the villagers voted for demolition of the whole site. The Coal Authority has made a listed building consent application for demolition, and everything except the tallest all metal headstocks in the country and the winder house and other immediate buildings have been demolished including the baths and coal hoppers. Even though the colliery never recorded a loss it was closed in 1993 and mothballed. It was re-opened in 1994 by RJB Mining (now UK coal) but finally closed in April 2003. This was one of 31 mines named for closure by British Coal but was to be the first to restart production under licence arrangements a full year ahead of the privatisation of the NCB. Production re-commenced in 1994 with six to seven years of reserves. After nine years the colliery had produced nearly four million tonnes of coal, but the other reserves remaining were not viable based upon their quality, high sulphur content and cost of accessing them." My pictures..... Full set on my Flickr+more HDR to hate on! thanking you.
  17. Snowdon colliery situated between the dover and canterbury railway line , it was used for digging up coal , The 1st shaft at snowdon colliery hit water at 260ft and flooded , drowning 22 men after this the colliery became the 1st commercial pit in kent and also being the deepest colliery in kent it was also known as ( dantes peak) due to it being so hot down in the pit , the workers would sometimes consume 24 pints of water during an 8 hour shift frequent cases of heat stroke , unfortunitly the snowdon was closed to the miners strike and less people needing coal meaning the end of the mininig at snowdon colliery
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.......
  21. 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.
  22. After seeing the recent reports and the fact that Maniac was up in Notts we decided to finally get our asses over to Clipstone Colliery. Not much of site remains however what does remain is very impressive. History - http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Clipstone-Colliery-Coal-Mine/ On with pixz0rz (photobucket boarderz ftw) Guestbook Maniac Maniac at the top of one of the headstocks Well thats all folks, its a great little site, well worth the visit Peace Out, Shadz
  23. Awesome place with perfect weather, another place I haven't seen before so it was good to have a look around Hope you like the pics
  24. Me and my brother, littlewide had a really nice explore this morning onto the site of the now closed Snowdown colliery. Loads of building left standing easy access into most of them, this is the deepest mine in Kent at 3000m at its lowest point, apparently at that depth the rock is hot. We started having a nose around in a couple of the larger building, there are loads of bits and pieces laying around everything from cranes to miners boots. In the admin building there are contracts of employment laying every where dating from around 1930 until the mid 80's. There is one small problem.....security, as we came out from the back of the building marked "opening" we saw them pull up, so after a hasty and covert move away to the slag heap we made our way back toward the buildings on the left, then more security pulled onto the site so we decided to make an exit and plan our next visit a little better. Sorry about the pic's my Box brownie is shagged and then half way round the battery's also died. Not sure what all the cloud effects are....maybe the ghosts of past miners. I will add some notes to the pics later. Bit short on time at the mo.
  25. Saw Captain Slows report on Broken Britain about this site and thought to myself "gotta get myself there" Hood_mad and I parked in the little village just past the layby with the broken 5' pipes in it. Walked down the path from the layby and entered the main site. We got a bit spooked by the abundance of security cameras and I spotted a guy in the distance (inside the site) getting into his car. We dove behind a couple of the bags of coal and he drove past us. By this point, we were really spooked and thought about binning the explore. But then we grew some Bo***cks and followed the direction of the car down across the river to the other site. We had a quick shifty around, taking a couple of pictures and then we saw the guy again. We approached him and had a chat. He told us the colliery side is shut, but that the washery side of the complex is still open, they import the coal from abroad as it's apparently cheaper than getting it out of the ground 100M away. (They can't get insurance - Health and safety looking after British businesses). We got permission from the guy in the yellow shirt (Kevin) to have a walk round, we asked about security and he said there was none at all. We were over the moon. On the bridge over to the washery Kevin Short Vid of inside the washery. http://s222.photobucket.com/albums/dd290/jhfozzy/UE/Betws%20Colliery/?action=view&current=08052008031.flv The unwashed coal store. Little Bobcat. Loading Shovel. After we'd had a chat with the workers, we made our way over to the site of the colliery. Light Tower. Conveyor. Belt. Big washing container. Inside the top hut to the left in the previous picture, containing the motor for the washer, there was a nice shiney plaque. Another conveyor. Start of the main conveyor, this is the way to the mineshaft. ****BEWARE - VERY RUSTY WALKWAY****. Old Mondeo and BMW. Collapsed office buildings. Hollow Cathode lamp. Loads of them!!! Another high one. Coal dust. After doing a full loop round the building, we decided to go in. Inside, I realised the major fault with my N95, the flash is very, very poor. It was ok if I was within 1M of the item or we could get a lamp on the area, useless otherwise. DSLR on the christmas list then. dark pics from now on. We kept in line with the warnings and kept out hard hats on. Hilti staples? Left my mark. Hood went one further. Equipment dampers. Spare belts right at the top of the building (4 flights of stairs up, about 100ft in pitch darkness) Going back down. Shot outside. Some coal. On our way to the next building. Dust dampers. On our way down. Mmmm, nice. Communications. Notices. Bags of coal. This is my kind of place, loads of sparky kit, panels and panels of leccy stuff, heaven. 8) 8) Main Comms panel. Backup batteries galore. More leccy kit. Right at the top of the rotten walkway, across the bridge which is next the the main gate, we found the main mineshaft. We only went about 20M in, the shaft walls and roof were in great condition, the ground was a bit slushy, and the air was a bit stale. We will be back, with BA kit though. Looking back, out of the mine. Above and to the right of the shaft was another building, containing the main switches and breakers for the whole site. Two 400KVA transformers and a smaller 14.4KVA one were just to the far end of this Moving back over the bridge, there's some more circuitry here. Into the third building, acroos the bags of coal. Some more stirrers. Upstairs in this building. Site electrical schematics. More panels. I hope you enjoy the pics. J.