Some Lancashire Industrial History


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Jan 21, 2010
Bolton, UK
A walk this afternoon along the Bridgwater Canal brought me to the Astley Colliery Museum. The pictures just seemed to beg to be in B&W so here goes:

The Pit Headgear is the only one left in Lancashire - started in 1908, the pit only lasted 62 years and closed in 1970

Another view

Inside the Winding Shed - there is still a massive steam engine, one of the largest ever built for coal mine use, and definitely the largest still in existence - this is a detail from the windig drum

And it was all there so pairs of these could be wound up and down the shaft at maximum speed - 26 feet per second over a depth of 801 metres (thats half a mile in real money!), and capable of moving 8 tons of coal every two minutes!

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