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Report - Pemberton Colliery, Wigan, 1970

Bovine

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This was a site that I had often seen from the train. Normally when a colliery closes, it is rapidly bulldozed out of existence, but this site seemed to be just left, complete with railway track!
Towards the end of the eighteenth century, the first shallow mine was opened by the Blundell family and after 1865, when two 18 foot diameter shafts were sunk over 600 yards to the Orrell seams, a large complex grew up which included coke ovens. By-products included coal distillates, bricks and tiles. The last coal was wound in 1946, but the washery was retained into the 1960's for opencast workings in the area.
There was re-working of colliery waste on part of the site, but most of it was derelict when I visited. Ignoring the usual signs, I made for a tin shed with the doors open, but was accosted by an old bloke who wanted to know what I was doing. After explaining, he produced a booklet about the colliery, which I photographed.
The shed contained a steam and a diesel loco and the lads that were working in there kindly pulled them outside for a picture. It seems that they were stored for a project. The rest of the site seemed to be gently decaying, so after a few pics and a climb of the waste heap, with one of the train lads, I departed.
I only remembered these pics recently and thought that it would be nice to share them. Enjoy.

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From Pemberton Station

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Old miner with book about the pit

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Old Engine Shed

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Elderly Avonside loco

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Fowler diesel loco, with Blackpool Corporation on it

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Old footbridge and a triangle to the main line

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Looking towards the washery

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Towards Pemberton and a bit of rail sculpture!

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Ascent of the muck heap

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King of the hill! Westwood Power Station in background


Now no trace remains
 
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