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Report - Thoresby Colliery, Nottinghamshire - November 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Bent Nails, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Bent Nails

    Bent Nails 28DL Regular User
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    In July Thoresby became the UK's third-last deep colliery to close.

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    Shafts were first sunk in 1925, then deepened in the 1950s to access more seams. At this time nearby Cockglode House was demolished and buried under the pit tip / slag heap. Exotic plant species can be found in the remaining parts of Cockglode Wood, a legacy of the Victorian gardener.

    The pit produced up to 100,000 of coal per week, making profits of up to £50m a year. Following privatisation in the 1990s, ownership transfered from British Coal to RJB Mining, then UK Coal, before closure this year.

    The clearup is ongoing. The site is covered in thick slime which is precarious to walk on. Not sure if it's hazardous but in an adjacent wood a British Coal sign reads "Tip restoration experiment utilising digested sewage cake & digested liquid sludge" - wellies are recommended, my trainers are done for.

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    Likely a victim of anionic solution in the chemical dosing tank behind.
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    The headstocks are identical to those at Hatfield. Having climbed the concrete clad one there (downshaft?) it was decided to head to this one.
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    Conveyor and fitting shops
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    Looking back down over the workshops area
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    A grease covered locked grille blocks access to the very top.
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    At this point a man shouted and a dog barked - it was time to descend.
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    Thanks for viewing!
     
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  2. BoroLad

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    Nice report :)
     
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    Nice, i hear all the power is off now? Any trouble with the doggies or have they gone too?
     
  4. Bent Nails

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    Cheers. There's electrical humming in places. And paw prints. Barking heard but no dogs spotted.
     
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    Yeh, seems hit and miss. I need to go back for the washery really.
     
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    Fair play for the daylight visit, very impressive!
     
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    Nice work getting this done early, and in the daylight !
     
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