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Clipstone Colliery - May 2013

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Clipstone Colliery was a coal mine situated near the village of the same name on the edge of an area of Nottinghamshire known as “The Dukeries” because of the number of stately homes in the area. The colliery was owned by the Bolsover Colliery Company and passed to the National Coal Board in 1947.

The colliery was sunk to exploit the Barnsley seam or “Tophard”, as it known locally. In the 1950s the shafts were deepened to over 1000 yards (920 m) to exploit other seams. The colliery was closed by British Coal, as the National Coal Board had become, in 1993 and reopened by RJB Mining (now UK Coal) in April 1994, the licence to dig for coal being limited to the Yard seam which is located at a depth of 957 yards (870 m). The colliery was finally closed in April 2003.

Finally got around to having a proper look around this place after visiting briefly in December. The ground level stuff is past its best, metal fairies have had a field day, but it's still definitely worth a good mooch. Then to top if off you've got the head stocks, something pretty damn special. Most of the shots are from t'other day but there's a couple of externals from back in December.

The view that greeted us on arrival. The two amazing head stocks. Inside one of the winding houses. No. 2 winder control panel. There was some amazing switch gear in here. The winder operators control panel. The two operators booths, one for each head stock. One of the winches. Warning sign. The metal fairies have done their work here. An overview, the gantry crane gave a lovely view of the whole room. One of the sets of coils from a large electric motor. Machinery in a state of disrepair. The seat of power. Wonderful machinery now lain to waste. Relays. The suitably grimey cranes hook. Silhouette of the gantry crane. More dismantled equipment. The cage, where the men would have began their decent. Onwards up one of the head stocks. Roughly 2/3rds of the way up. Below one of the huge wheels, they really don't seem that big from the ground. Almost at the very top, it was incredibly windy! Looking at the village below. An overview of the remains of the colliery. I just think these are beautiful feats of engineering. It would be such a shame for these to be consigned to the history books.