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Report - CWM Coke Works September 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Cloth Head, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Cloth Head

    Cloth Head 28DL Regular User
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    Visited with Host and Oldskool early 1 September morning. Nice straight forward in and out accept from slipping on my arse and banging my head

    History Stolen from another report.

    Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway.


    By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep.


    In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain.

    Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail.

    By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986.

    The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined.

    CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since.

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  2. dirge

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    Some cracking shots there! Never tire of seeing this place
     
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  3. Camera Shy

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    Good one Gloth, shame i couldn't make it.
     
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    Some very nice shots there.

    Host & Oldskool out exploring again..Only good things can come of that :)
     
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    Great work mate.
     
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    Stunning
     
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    Excellent shots mate, it was a good day indeed. When you went flying i thought Oh no not again...
     
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  8. Mr Beady

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    Nice pictures, wouldn't mind going back here.
     
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    Is there any asbestos or anything we need to know about e.g security and unstable floors/buildings ?
     
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    Fantastic Pics mate. Do you know if it's still there?
     
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