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Report - Chatterley Whitfield Headstocks 16/05/10

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Rookinella, May 28, 2010.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Jul 16, 2006
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    Visited with Speed.

    Oh my, we felt the need-to the max!! It took us ages to find a way past the crazy fence but eventually, we were in! There were people crawling all over the site so we had to be careful but one by one, we toppled them like chess pieces.

    My god, this place reeked! I don't know what it was but it was borderline sick central. Blurghhh! It was like a combination of poo, dead animals, stagnent water and just general blurgghh.

    Either way once we'd climbed one, it would be rude not to climb the rest of them!

    Chatterley Whitfield Colliery is a disused coal-mine in Stoke-on-Trent. It was the largest in North Staffordshire, and was the first colliery to produce 1,000,000 tons of saleable coal in a year.

    In 1974 it was decided that Chatterley Whitfield coal could be more easily worked from Wolstanton Colliery and an underground roadway was driven to join the two pits. In 1976 coal drawing at Chatterley Whitfield came to an end. Two years later, a Trust was formed to establish the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. The Museum, which offered an underground tour to visitors, operated for twelve years, but finally closed in August 1991 because of drainage problems.

    The Chatterley Whitfield Partnership was set up in 1999 between English Heritage, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Advantage West Midlands and Joan Walley MP to find a way to restore the derelict colliery.

    Here's the photos!


















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