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  1. 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..
  2. 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
  3. A large complex with several buildings. Partly the middle of demolition, so that workers prevented the exploration of the remaining area. 1 2 3 4 5
  4. Putting this in here due to it being a live site and possibly part owned by Network Rail and i do not wish them to find me lol... SK/Admins if this needs to be in public forums please feel free to move it and remove this top bit, ta Explored with Raz A bit of History; Selby coalfield (also known as the Selby complex, or Selby 'superpit') was a large scale deep underground mine complex based around Selby, North Yorkshire, England, with pitheads at Wistow Mine, Stillingfleet Mine, Riccall Mine, North Selby Mine, Whitemoor Mine and at Gascoigne Wood Mine; all coal was brought to the surface and treated at Gascoigne Wood, being distributed onwards by rail. The primary purpose of the pit was to supply coal for electrical power generation; much of it was used in the nearby Aire valley power stations. Mining peaked in 1993–4 at 12 million tonnes. The mines were acquired by RJB Mining in 1997 after the privatisation of the coal industry; loss of subsidy, geological problems, and low UK coal prices made the pits unprofitable by the 21st century. Closure was announced in 2002, and mining completely ceased by 2004. The Explore; We started by trawling google maps and after a series of fails we came across this old mine. Now at first glance it appears to be almost flattened on maps but apon closer inspection (over 4 rolls of razor wire and a chain link fence) we found there to be quite a bit more. So a bit of ninjering about was in order. The site itself is connected with no barriers to a large and very regularly used rail sidings and there is a hell of a lot of movement on there for a "derelict site". The site also plays host to a haulage company and a ton of diggers and LATV's so there is possibly some mining work going on here on the small scale however further research has uncovered nothing to support this so im really just guessing. And then our luck ran out and half way through an exposure Mr Secca fancied a fag 20 ft from us which prompted our hasty retreat... How unthoughtful of him Cheers for looking
  5. The North West like many parts of the country is riddled with old coal mine workings, and in these parts if you do your research you can turn up some absolute gems. This beaut is a fine example of a mid 19th Century coal and fire clay operation that would of fed into the insatiable demand for coal and fire clay during the height of the Industrial revolution. As you move around the miles of workings and wagon roads, it's quite a humbling experience to think that where you are crawling over 200 years ago children as young as eight put in twelve hour shifts!!! In 1842 a royal commission investigated the employment of children in mines. The result was an act in the same year forbidding the employment of women and children underground.
  6. Hello, this is my First Urbex location. This mineschaft is very Vandilised, but still much details. Hope you like the pics.
  7. Harworth Colliery is a mothballed coal mine in the Bassetlaw area of north Nottinghamshire. It has recently been abandoned due to troubles at the seam. History Work began on sinking the shaft in 1913, when the Northern Union Mining Company was set up. This was with an investment in German equipment and men, but with the start of the First World War (1914-1918) the German workers were interned and the company's assets were impounded by the Government, and so construction was halted. Later in 1917 the pit was bought by Messrs. Barber, Walker & Co. for �80,100, becoming full owners in 1921 after the war repayments scheme. The sinking of the shafts was started with preliminary works in 1919, but the first real sinking started in 1921. Water problems were encountered but this was overcome with the solidification of the ground with liquid cement grout. On 29 October 1923 the shaft sinkers eventually reached the Barnsley coal seam at 848 metres (2,782 ft) although there were problems with underground faults. The second shaft also reached the Barnsley seam on 15 November 1923. In 1924 the colliery was connected with a 4.2 km railway line to connect with the LNER-owned East coast main line. The ECML became very congested and a connection the South Yorkshire Joint Railway was considered, also linking the new Firbeck Colliery (sinking started in 1923) near Carlton in Lindrick. A triangle junction would lead to another triangle junction near Styrrup with lines going to Harworth and another going through Oldcotes and Langold to reach Firbeck. The forecast for Harworth was 5000 tons per day; this would have meant more congestion, so the opportunity was taken by the new owners on the SYJR (LNER and the LMS) to build the line to connect both collieries. This was completed in 1928. There were also several Coke ovens at Harworth, and like Maltby Main Colliery it was decided to modernise the pit in the 1950s. Rebuilding with the concrete headgears began in the late 1950s. These structures were replaced with the current headgears in 1989 (No 1 Shaft) and 1996 (No2 Shaft). Shortly after the No1 Headgears were built the new surface main mine fan was also commissioned to efficiently ventilate the workings. In more recent history, Harworth reached the one-million-tonnes-in-a-year figure in 1993. The pit's closure was considered in November 2002 when owners UK Coal warned the 400 workers the pit was in trouble unless yearly losses of �8 million could be reversed. Three years later, to save the pit, the only possible solution for the 450 workers was to invest �50 million to access a new seam. If that was to happen the pit would have up to 25 more years worth of coal. The pit is now known to be never opening again and the latest news is that the Towers are soon to be demolished. THE VISIT. Having lived local to the place all my life I just Had to get up the 85M high tower again ( having done so previously on a visit when they first opened ) The site is pretty well protected by a surrounding fence and infared cameras all over the site. I figured that last nights poor weather (the secca there dont like rain) and activity else where on the site where houses are being built was my chance, so a quick entry and head straight for the towers happened, there are no cameras that I saw and just a nesting pair of peregrine falcons for company. It was dark and dusty and im not the best photographer in those conditions so I apologise for some poor quality pics
  8. Visited on a very rainy afternoon with Voorhees. Really wasn't expecting the huge scale of this place! CWM coke works opened in 1958 in the coal producing town of Beddau. The coke works would process the majority of the hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal produced per year, into high grade coke, suitable for foundry use. The coke works was closed in 2002 and has been abandoned since. Thanks for Looking
  9. Hi explorers! I'm glad to share with you this strange place. A coal factory full of cosmetics. Anyone can imagine the expression of my face at the moment when I discovered that place. Hope you enjoy! PD: as usual, the video's in spanish. If anybody had a question, just ask! Cheers!
  10. CRE industries, i know nothing about this place nor can i remember where it is other then in a tiny village in the middle of absolute nowhere! Visited with Maniac and Craig. Sorry about image quality, i think i was still on the sony at this point! WAY back in the day!! From what i remember this was one of my first and only ever attempts at HDR.....LOL ^^ I had to take this, just because it was funny..... Again apologies for image quality........cheers for looking, Frosty.
  11. The North Wales Hospital (locally known as Denbigh Mental) was a hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses located in Denbigh, North Wales. Designed by architect Carl Johan Aru to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the building dates back to 1848, and originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell from the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. Anyone who knows me will be aware that I more or less live in this place and probably spend more time here than I do in my own house. I never had the guts to climb up the coal silos until recently due the the awkward way up and the cut off ladder. It was well worth it for the view of the whole hospital site though, here is what I saw:
  12. on the way back from visiting family in sunderland i saw this old factory building (now used to store bingo trucks ) and i had my camera and i really wanted to go in but secca was sitting at the front gate.it was impossible to get in another way so i had to go ask very nicely to see if i could wonder around and he was polite and said he was a temp so couldnt take the risk. i really didnt want to live empty handed so i settled for a railway would loved to have got more photos but the secca temp was getting twitchy so i decided to call it a day as i had better things todo than explaining why im taking picture of abandoned stuff *(if there's any spelling/grammar mistakes sorry about that but is my dyslexic )* fullset: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samcain/se ... 959718578/ so many abandoned building around the area but i didnt have time to even go in one
  13. The history will have been done on here before i guess so ill go straight to the pictures and some you will not have seen before i hope !. now for the bitz i think you have not seen ! hope to get alot further soon.....VERY SOON !!!
  14. A nice fireclay and coal mine dating back into the 1800's several entrances go into this system, the roof in most places is in average condition for its age but crumbly wallieeeeee is all over stemples rotting all over but with some nice rails for the carts and a few very nice carts as well, this place is very special as there is not 1 but 2 rare items not of any money value but historic value for mining they are drill stands which the hand drills were positioned on then the miner could drill the holes for blasting.... I am still drawing out a map of the full system which I will tag on to this post.....it will be some time though as bad weather means more collaps !. Adit 1..... not a good way into the mine.. Anyone for a go at caplunk !... Time to get out and enter via another .. Adit 2... looks good but once in drawn another blank !... Again too much crumble but looks better further in just a shame pushing this adit will lead to collaps... Time for the true way in..... Drill stand... Another part to the drill... A tree fossil in the roof.... Looks like the way out... Miners deads... A very nice passage... One of the turn table plates to send the carts off on different passageways... Pick marks..... Det cord... Mold growth... The only hole found todate for blasting... Time to look above the stemples and collaps... Hope you like the pics...
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