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Report - Thorne Colliery

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, May 12, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    Thorne was mothballed in the 1950's, and has not mined coal since. In the late 70's and early 80's the buildings were demolished, and the pit was kitted out with state of the art headstocks and buildings. But because of the strike and the events afterwards the pit never saw use. In 2004 the 'brand new' headstocks were blown up, and the shafts filled.

    Me and Turk had been once before, but had not been allowed in the buildings. Walking down the long road was an eerie experience, a proper two lane road just empty and overgrown, very strange. I thought I'd try my luck and it was up as I met a fella who not only helped build the headgear but also pushed the button to blow them up! Talking to him was great, I learnt alot about the colliery and mining in general. His office was a treasure trove of NCB epemera, as the pics show. The log book showing the last 4 men who went underground at the pit was good to see, and I left with a full donkey jacket... It was like Christmas!!

    The entry to the village still has the headstocks on the sign
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    straight out of 28 days later
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    The shift log, from the last 4 men to ever go underground at Thorne. That book is proper history
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    Tallys used in case of a mine emergency
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    Happier times...
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    Oldham lamps
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