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    Now to anyone who has ever visited CHATTERLEY WHITFIELD you will know it`s a fantastic complete colliery complex and with a huge nasty spiky fence around it !, Myself i live a stones throw away so i know the site very well indeed. Here is some history..

    Chatterley Whitfield colliery in North Staffordshire was the first pit in Europe to mine a million tons of coal in a year. The colliery site is full of listed buildings and the site itself is protected to the same level as Stonehenge - it's a scheduled ancient monument.

    Chatterley Whitfield was one of Britain biggest collieries in its heyday. Documents I have seen give a broad brush peak employment of 4000. An accurate figure for 1947 when the mines were nationalised was 2778. In 1937 it achieved the distinction of being the first British colliery to produce a million tons of coal in a year. It opened in 1838 and finally closed down in 1977, three years after linking up underground with Wolstanton Colliery, a more modern colliery which could exploit the remaining reserves more efficiently. Two years later it was opened as an underground mining museum. However in 1986 the closure of Wolstanton whose workings and pumps had kept the mine from flooding and provided a legally required emergency exit (all the other shafts at the mine had previously been closed down) meant the museum had to close. It now stands derelict yet secure surrounded by high steel fences awaiting funds to regenerate it as a surface museum and to extend the existing small industrial estate. The Friends of Chatterley Whitfield, a group set up to promote its preservation, describe it as the most complete record of colliery buildings in England. The site is a scheduled Ancient Monument and most of its 34 buildings are Grade 2 listed. A very high chimney seen any towers above the area and can even be seen from the opposite side of the tip. This was to the boilerhouse which supplied the steam mainly for driving the shaft winding engines, one of which was still being used when the mine closed.


































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    Great pics, Steve. Looks like a rather interesting one to explore and I enjoyed the history behind it, too.
    What are those bendy, concrete-looking things, btw? Are they something to do with the props/tunnels?

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    I... have... to... go... there...!

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    Great stuff Steve, I've got to get up those headstocks!

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    Its a great place, though can be tough to get into. I stabbed my hand there last year and now have an inch long scar on the palm of my hand!

    The headstocks are a good climb even if they are in quite poor condition.

    Dave has some posted from one of our visits here: https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/foru...read.php?t=817

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    Im glad you guys liked it and appreciated it,
    It really is the jewel in the crown of the colliery`s left standing in the uk today.
    If you would like to visit please pm me and i`ll be glad to show you the site.
    And all the recent posts are a taste of what can be expected on the staffs meet. more to come soon... steve

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    My Dad went there when it was open to the public, & got me a ceramic coaster, which I had for years until I dropped it one day & it shattered. :o

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    Ooooooooooooooooooooh, i definitely want to go there. looks great. Foxy, those concrete bendy thing are what they use in some tunnels. (they had them at Welbeck Colliery when they used to have the training centre based there, and also had a museum as well, but thats sadly all gone).

    Brilliant pics Steve, and Dave too. thank you. cant wait for the stoke meet now lol.

    Cheers,

    :) Sal

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela;13727;
    I... have... to... go... there...!
    So... have... I.....................Now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Al;13770;
    So... have... I.....................Now!
    Me..............too...............PLEASE.......... ..can.............we................have.......... ...a............guided.................tour?:D;)

    Wow, that it a big site. Must be pretty rare to have what looks like a site pretty much intact. Loving your photos -in particular the Lamp Room (me Grandfather worked in the Lamproom before he retired from the Haig Pit in Whitehaven (think you had to earn your way to this job, as it must have been better than working underground!!)

    Thanks again SR :)

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