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Report - Maltby Colliery, May 2016.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Amateur Wanderer, May 3, 2016.

  1. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Maltby Colliery - May 2016

    Introduction:

    Finally, I feel a sence of completion with this place, Maltby has been my nemesis for the past year. I don't really understand why either, the place is practically a walk in the park compared to some of the other places we've hit recently. In May 2015, I arrived after seeing @Speed 's report, I had a lesuirly stroll around the entire site, photographing the powerhouse before blatently wandering into the bath house and enjoying a 15 minute walk around taking in the atmosphere, before deciding it had gotten a little too dark for further photography and leaving. What a mistake that was, little did I know it'd be an entire year before I'd get another look in that fantastic bath house.

    I returned the day after, to take the photo's I'd failed to take the night before, only to be rumbled by some blatent bell end who'd walked past the most visable camera on site setting off a recorded voice annoucing a security officer was on his way... I hid in an upturned boiler located on a mound and waited to see if a security officer would turn up, needless to say he did, with a police escourt meaning exploing for that day was now over. Two weeks or so later I returned this time almost bumping into a pair of police officers in the bath house it's self! A quick sprint out of there and back to hiding in my upturned boiler! A further 3 attempts where foiled by workmen loitering around the bath house area and tractors working between the power house and bath house in a fashion that might rival the M62 at rush hour, even at 06:00am on Sunday mornings and bank holidays! Maltby, clearly had it in for me.

    Fast forward 3 or 4 months and I had pretty much given up with the place, I'd not been caught once, but I was getting sick of making the 50 minute journey to Maltby only to call the explore off with no reward. I couldn't understand why I'd not been more successful here, it was getting beyond a joke having hit some seriously tightly secured and live places in the time I'd been pissing around here.

    It's now May 2016, a lovely evening and after a nice permission visit around RAF Homplton (R3 ROTOR) I decided I'd have another pop at my old mate Maltby. Maybe I'd get in, what? Sixth time lucky... What do you know? Just like my first visit in May 15, I walked straight in, like I owned the place. Unbelievable, just goes to show how important a role luck plays in this game!

    And the moral of the story is, always take your pictures when you have the opprotunity to, even if the conditions are shite!

    History:

    Anyway a little bit of history now after that rather amusing story...

    The first shafts at Maltby where sunk in 1910 and the first coal to be mined from these seems reached the surface four years later in 1914. The Colliery was opened and operated by the Maltby Main Colliery Company who were a subsidiary of the Sheepbridge Iron and Coal Company. In 1923 an explosion at the pit sadly resulted in the deaths of 27 employees.

    The colliery was purchesed by RJB in 1994 (later known as UK Coal) and was then sold on again, in 2007 to Hargreeves. In 2013 the colliery was closed and demolition comenced in 2014 (sadly before I had the means to get out there and see it in it's entirety). Fortunatley today the Bath House, Lamp Room, Control Room and Power House remain to be explored.

    If you've not been here yet, and you're into your industry, then go. I can't recommend it enough, soon Caphouse will be one of the only places where you'll be able to see this sort of thing in all it's glory.

    Providing you don't get the curse of Maltby cast on you like I did, it should be an easy one :D

    Pictures:

    Power House:

    Let's start off in the power house, these pictures were taken during my May 15 visit, there's not much to see in here now sadly, the compressor is long gone and all that remains is the gantry crane and a lone boiler. Still it's worth a look in.

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    Bath House:

    Now for the part of the report which I presume you clicked on this link for, the bath house. The showers themselves in here are disapointingly modern in appearance compared to some of the others I've seen. Fortunatley the showers are the only disapointing part of this building, the rest of it is beautifully aged and work worn, and is a pleasure to experience.

    Sadly since my first visit sombodys had a good old go at ragging the showers out, the room and framework still remains however. The rest of the site is still, relatively untouched so I'm guessing this is the work of Hargreeves rather than vandals.

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    One of the many good things about pits, the copious amounts of old signage.

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    The lockers, the nice old style ones too, rather than the modern variants.

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    As expected, there are some lovely opportunites for detail photo's within the locker room...

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    Let's head upstairs and take a look at the lamp room and corridors leading through to the now demolished No.1 Shaft.

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    And don't forget your 'T Card'!

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    The Lamp Room.

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    MALTBY

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    Self Rescuer's...

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    And of course, lamps!
    Thanks to @mattdonut for arranging these... :D

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    Heading out in the direction of No.1 Headstock...

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    To where our tour sadly concludes...

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    Thanks for reading,
    TAW :)​


     

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  2. Speed

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    Great photos. I guess the showers have gone for ss scrap
     
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    Nice set of shots there mate! Always loved colliery lockers for some gritty shots.
     
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    Really nice report is this. Great photos indeed :thumb
     
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    Lamp room looks lovely in the evening sunlight.
     
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    Fantastic set of photos and report;)
     
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    Collierys are awesome - Love the job you have done on this :thumb
     
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    A lovely set of pics.

    Maltby was the last pit where I went underground. Come to that, it was the last working pit and last longwall face that I visited. At the time I had no idea... Back in 2005 I think.

    Fiendishly hot working conditions hence the shorts hanging on the locker. Is there any other industry that has high viz safety shorts?
     
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    Quality photos mate, really enjoyed seeing them :thumb
     
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    Cheers fellas, the few bits that remain are pretty awesome
     
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