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Report - Tower Colliery, Glamorgan - Apr 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by WhoDaresWins, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Visited with @Boba Low & @Seffy

    This turned out to be a very good little place to explore having scoped out a few other places in region previously. Lots of stuff still there but our explore was cut short a little given that a van turned up on site, so we made made our exit. Shame really as I was looking forward to seeing more of it.


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    Cool, was gonna take a look myself shortly.
     
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    Nice work. The owners - i.e. the miners themselves - usually are pretty friendly and sometimes will open up the bathhouses and so forth. I think they are now doing open cast mining on the otherside where the wash plant used to be.. then they'll regenerate the site. It's a wonderful story and a fuck you to the goverment proving these mines could be profitable for many years after their earmarked closure.
     
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    Nice. This ones the forgotten colliery, couldn't believe it when we went back last year and it was all wide open and deserted. Why i've hardly seen another photo in 5 years i do not know! No doubt things will change after this report and every goon and his blinkered dog will be there next week but hey ho!

    Make sure to go back for the bath house when you get a chance its a cracker and definitely dont need to ask anyone to get in anymore, pure abandoned!
     
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    We wanted to do the bath house too. But there were two caravans on site near the gate. They looked lived it as well. So I think there are people in site. Might be a recent thing though. If I'm back in the area again I'd like to see more of it though, the bath house in particular.
     
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    The caravans were there when we were last there but no sign of anyone in them. I think some of the workshops are used by the opencast mine during the week so maybe they use them. Tbh we just walked down the drive and in the door on a Saturday afternoon.
     
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    I was thinking about it as well, it's only about 25 mins away from me.
     
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    To be fair there are open bags of tools everywhere- this one will probably go the way of clipstone in the next year or so.

    I know a few other people used to just call up and get security to let them walk around, certainly more than have posted reports on here before. I think we went assuming if we were approached we'd try that route but in the end we'd been checking other stuff that day and we couldn't really be bothered once we saw the van come home, considering they are based next to the bath house with at least 2 long line of sight stretches to get to it whichever route you take... Call me short-sighted but it's really all the machinery and badges that get me excited.

    That said, 24mm full frame isn't wide enough for this place, it's a really nice compact environment but I pretty much failed to get a shot I'm happy with! Should have gone the other way and gone 50mm exclusive.You nailed this! Lovely shots man.
     
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    Oh right. We didn't go too near them. It was when a van came through the gates we decided it was time to leave.

    None at all?
     
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    Really sad, the miners pooled their money to buy it, steal is going to go the same way as there is talk about a buyout at Port Talbot, welsh coal is the best but cheap foreign imports killed the industry, welsh coal to run the local steelworks made sense rather than import crap, it's history repeating itself, before long the uk steelworks will be on here known as derelict hope I'm wrong
     
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    I hope you're wrong too, but if not, I live two streets away from there, so I'm aiming for the first report!
     
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    Its not that sad because it actually went quite well. They bought it out, mined it for another 13 or so years until the seam ran out and now they opencast it so really they are still winning coal there. You're probably right about the steelworks tho, can't go on unless something changes in government policy really.
     
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