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Report - Clipstone Colliery, October 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Midnightman, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Midnightman

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    On my to do list for a while, so with hearing the bad news of demolition being granted i thought id get off my fat lazy ass and have a look. Unfortunatly my visit was cut short when i heard "what you doing" could not see anyone so i said "what you doing" Out of the dark a gurning wide id pikey appeared. They seemed ok, but after finding a new lock knife close by, one of them following me around, the noise they were making i thought id pushed my luck enough and left. Respect to them both really as the amount of bags scattered all over full of tools and scrap, im surprized they could manage it all, maybe more were coming to give them a hand, wasnt hanging around to find out, so be carefull me amigos.

    Its a fasinating place and i have unfinished business there, so contact me if you want to meet. Here is some history copy and pasted from various sites.

    In 1922 the shafts of Clipstone Colliery were sunk to exploit the Top Hard seam. In the 1950s the shafts were deepened to their current 920m depth to provide access to other seams.

    After being closed by British Coal in 1993, the colliery was reopened under the control of RJB Mining in April 1994.

    In the past the mine worked the Top Hard seam and the High Hazles seam.
    The most recently worked seams are the Yard, at an approximate depth of 870m, and the Deep soft, at an approximate depth of 760m.

    The IMC report of 1998 tells us that the current licence held by RJB Mining applies only to the Yard seam. This seam thickness varies from 1.1m - 1.3m and has a sulphur content of 2.0% and a chlorine content of 4.0%
    The reserves of this seam lay within a block, the boundaries of which are defined by geological conditions to the north, and by abandoned mineworkings and surface constraints to the west and south.

    The Blackshale seam, laying approximately 11m below has not been mined, nor is it likely to be due to it's high dirt content.

    Clipstone Colliery is a coal mine situated near the village of the same name on the edge of an area of Nottinghamshire known as “The Dukeriesâ€￾ because of the number of stately homes in the area. The colliery was owned by the Bolsover Colliery Company and passed to the National Coal Board in 1947.

    The colliery was sunk to exploit the Barnsley seam or “Tophardâ€￾, as it known locally. In the 1950s the shafts were deepened to over 1000 yards (920 m) to exploit other seams.

    The colliery was closed by British Coal, as the National Coal Board had become, in 1993 and reopened by RJB Mining (now UK Coal) in April 1994, the licence to dig for coal being limited to the Yard seam which is located at a depth of 957 yards (870 m). The colliery was finally closed in April 2003.

    The headstocks of the colliery are regarded as the tallest in Europe and the third tallest in the world. They are Grade 2 Listed structures and can be seen all over the district. They are expensive to keep in good repair and there have been a number of appeals, as yet to no avail, to demolish them. But however the clipstone headstocks are nearly demolished now and no one knows what will happen in the future.

    We now know the future : (
    http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/E...stocks-lined/story-17072930-detail/story.html

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    I know this has been done a lot lately, but i hope you enjoyed the report anyway :thumb
     

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