Web
Analytics
Report - - Harworth Colliery, Jan 2015 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk
  • Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections, plus Private & Local Groups and a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. However, creating an account allows you to search, post replies, start new threads, use bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems. Also, it removes some ads.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Harworth Colliery, Jan 2015

dweeb

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
#1
It would be romantic to say that my interest in the UK coal industry stemmed from my family's connection with the industry, or of the fascinating and frankly largely understood conflicts of the 80's which took place just as I came into this world, but to be honest neither interest me as much as the engineering behind winning earth treasures from below the ground...

It seems a good time to reflect on what I have seen over the past ten years. Really I owe a great debt to Dave and Joe, who opened my eyes to the fact that despite what my old man had said (as he had about cutlers, shipyards and cotton mills) there was in fact still things out there left to see.

One of my first meetings with D & J was at the Selby Complex. I didn't really understand what I was looking at, having very little knowledge of the workings of a pit back then, but I loved it. I was hooked.

Since that day I have scoured the country looking for every remaining headgear, bath house and winding shed that has managed to survive. With each pit closure a new challenge, and usually a race against time was presented to me. I think those who really understand what has happened to the coal industry since the strike cannot help but feel saddened by the recent state of the industry, but I think between a few core individuals in the scene what has gone in the period since 2005 has been recorded in far more depth than the pits that were demolished prior to it. My own understanding of the industry, both technically and socially, has been widened far beyond what is available to the general public... a few faded "coal not dole" badges behind a glass screen or the ghastly "national coal mining museum" are frankly a poor representation of both.

Over the last decade I've climbed head stocks large and small, explored virtually mint collieries and scratched round some fetted holes too. There have also been the attributed industries, smokeless fuel plants and coke works. I also acquired the British Coal jacket many of you will recognise from many photos on here, a gift from the head electrician at Hatfield Colliery. -

With just three deep mines left in the UK, and two of which looming ever closer to closure, it looks like the time will soon be upon us where there really is nothing new left to see. I would urge you not to miss this.

Having said that, I do not have the time I once did, and by the time I got my arse there a headstock had already gone. That said we did pretty well, seeing the remaining tower, former winding house, compressor house and a few other little bits.

Cheers to my lighting assistant for the help with the photos!

DSC_0002_zps31bea384.jpg


DSC_0008_zps62a10e95.jpg
DSC_0147_zps1aa9f9dd.jpg


DSC_0022_zps459106ce.jpg


DSC_0018_zpsd2c51670.jpg
DSC_0021_zps060faf5f.jpg


DSC_0030_zps9d1f99ab.jpg


DSC_0023_zps7c47df93.jpg
DSC_0027_zpsba180cbf.jpg


DSC_0028_zps00259371.jpg


DSC_0037_zpsae73925b.jpg
DSC_0042_zps6f396e98.jpg


DSC_0054_zps51a446a8.jpg
DSC_0065_zps163103b7.jpg


DSC_0062_zpsc86a51e5.jpg


DSC_0080_zpsc984c8f5.jpg
DSC_0093_zps71b84dbe.jpg


DSC_0095_zpsca040ae9.jpg


CSC_0098_zpsd8732653.jpg


DSC_0102_zps8339dd24.jpg


DSC_0105_zps6adb4c1c.jpg


DSC_0107_zpsf97978d2.jpg


DSC_0111_zps21f409e7.jpg


DSC_0120_zpsebda173b.jpg


DSC_0124_zps7ae5a96e.jpg


DSC_0032_zps503c3722.jpg


DSC_0130_zps7cb2cc06.jpg


DSC_0132_zps47e387eb.jpg
DSC_0068_zps82dd2334.jpg


DSC_0133_zps772afef8.jpg


DSC_0139_zps24ea7f27.jpg


DSC_0143_zpsc5331a0e.jpg

 

dweeb

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
#5
Good stuff

I particularly like this old poster, safety is paramount gone mad these days
There is nothing like the really gory ones from the 70's, I'm sure they would say they would cause distress these days!
 

The Lone Shadow

Industrial Fanatic!
28DL Full Member
#7
That is awesome! The engineering fascinates me too mate. Industrial explores are my favourite and right now... Collierys are top of my list.