I live near and worked at Hatfield Main Colliery. These are from
my own collection of photographs.
The first of many...
A misty morning.
Hatfield Colliery on a snowy day.(229k)
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The following were taken at Hatfield during the troubled summer
& Main Offices
Shaft & Coal Prep
prep plant 1
prep plant 2
prep plant 3
Inside the Winding House
Winding engine 1
engine and gauge
Winding engine 2
/ generator house 1
/ generator house 2
/ generator house 3
These are some of the earliest pictures of Hatfield Main
sod ceremony 1
sod ceremony 2
Dawn & Dusk at Hatfield
August 2005 1
August 2005 2
August 2005 3
August 2005 4
August 2005 5
The following photographs were sent to me by Stuart
Tomlins of the Shropshire Mining Trust.
Stuart has traveled the length and breadth of Britain, recording
images of the last moments of doomed collieries as their surfaces
were demolished and crushed .
The Shropshire Mining Trust acquired Bersham and set up a museum
which is open to the public
Some of the original colliery buildings, including the headgear,
are still intact at the site of the former mine.
The Trust has also managed to save and restore some of the machinery
from the colliery.
In March of '84, Ollerton was the first major picket attended by
the Yorkshire Area's flying pickets. We were pushed and battered
by police as the Notts men demanded to go to work.
The result of not remaining a unified union. The UDM sold out to
the Tories and this was their reward...
3 - Twisted and torn
4 - A winding engine is all that remains amid the rubble.
The headgear at Clipstone, a remnant of the Notts mining industry.
Another view of Clipstone's headger.
- Daw Mill
2 - Daw
Three views of this Coventry mine.
The last of the North East's pits.
The No.2 winding engine at Ellington.
Once the Doncaster based home of RJB Mining, Harworth is now under
the control of UK Coal.
Two views of this colliery's headgear.
My memories of Kiverton Park are of misty mornings and police on
horseback. This photograph shows the colliery during happier times.
Once the pride of the Derbyshire coalfield
The demise of Markham
Pit top buildings at Penalta Colliery
of Ayre (POA)
Shafts 1 & 2
POA Number 3 shaft
Pumps? at POA
This portion of the POA headgear was retained to serve as a memorial
for all who gave their lives to the mine.
Another of UK Coal's troubled coal mines.
A building disappears in a cloud of smoke and dust.
Looks like this was taken in the mid-70s, during the time of British
A collection of various mining views in Yorkshire
Donated by Richard Walker.
Unusual views from Hatfield and early views of Thorne, from Bill
Three excellent photographs, donated by John Burrage:
Other Donated Images
Please see above for list of those who have contributed to this
collection of photographs..
Bettws (Deep) Mine
This small colliery is located in the Bettws Mountain, which is
near the villages of Ammanford and Bettws in the beautiful Welsh
countryside of Carmarthenshire.
Blenkinsopp and Wrytree
Blenkinsopp and Wrytree coal mine which are both connected underground
are located in the village of Greenhead, two miles from the town
of Haltwhistle, halfway between Newcastle and Carlisle on the A69.
James Findlay says he is taking as many photographs as possible
before the pit is closed later this year.
car - signpost
Blenkinsopp is now closed.
This is a small selection from the huge photographic record assembled
by James Findlay & Peter Bridges.
The last days of Blenkinsopp
In 1939 Penalta earned the European Record for windings of coal
in a single week. Penalta ceased production and was closed in 1991
Ricall - The Selby Complex
Ricall Colliery is located a couple of miles to the north of Selby
and just east of the A19 York road.
These photographs were taking during the sinking of the shafts and
show the platform, from which the men worked, and the shaft sinkers
themselves. Does anyone recognise any faces?
Rossington is located some 5km south east of Doncaster, and was
taken over by RJB Mining in 1994.
The mine has recently had a turbulent time due to man-management
memorial dedication 1
memorial dedication 2
memorial dedication 3
memorial dedication 4
memorial dedication 5
Tower Colliery, established in 1864, is located near the village
of Hirwaun, in Glamorgan, South Wales.
Many thanks to Alg L. for these pictures and information.
the first sod
headgear - Sinking the shafts
the pit top
Frickley, Manvers & Corton Wood
A collection of photographs, sent to me by Phil Dyson, ex-Frickley
& Manvers blacksmith.
Frickley & Manvers
All that remains of No 2 Shaft
Photograph - Gray from Armthorpe
Andy Ashworth sent us this panoramic view
of the demolition of the Manvers Coking Plant
Martyn from Pooley sent these pics of Baddersley
and a group photo of miners at Pooley: