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Report - CWM Cokeworks, Beddau, South Wales, Feb 2013


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Yet another fantastic road trip. We went to visit an old mate of Magpie's and decided to do a tad of exploring whilst in the area. This place was rather impressive and was a massive site. It was a tad smelly and dirty but lots to see. Visited with Magpie423, Trooper (who hopefully will be joining 28 soon) and 3 non members.
History -
The site of CWM dates back further though to 1909. When the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway.
It wasnt until 1914 that coal was actually produced on the Colliery. All of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred. Which where over 750 yards deep.
In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd. took over the colliery which then employed around 1000 men. It continued production under their name until 1947 when the
National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain.
Between 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent a £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail.
By the 1970s some 1,500 men where 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 where and estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which where never tapped into.
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. CWM Colliery was closed by the National Coal Board in 1986 and the coke works ceased production in June of 2002.

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