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    I must admit I saw Hughie D's superb report on this place and quite fancied it myself. So me and Janovitch and man gone wrong were out and about and popped in here. We ended up spending far longer than we expected. there was several buildings to see here. I actually went back a few weeks later on the way to Scotland, as I had missed the clocking in area, and winding house two. I took some more shots around the place too. There is the engine house. with a winding house either end. an old loco shed, bath house, admin house, lamp room and the clocking in area and foremans offices. yeah the place is trashed to bits. but look between the trash there is quite a complete set of colliery buildings on site, with lots of retaining features. And to top it off some great graffiti from the likes of Coloquix and BrayK.
    Firbeck colliery was first constructed in 1923 by the firbeck main colliery company ltd. it started drawing its first coal in 1925. The company changed hands in 1934 and again in 1940. The colliery was finally taken over in 1947. The colliery finally ceased production in 1968, a few years later the shafts were filled in. So in terms of life this colliery had quite a short life. but its amazing these old buildings have been stood there for over forty years now. There is a memorial in the village. Sixty miners lost here lives at this colliery.

    The engine house and winding house is still quite in tact. There was two winding houses either side to power the headstocks. There was two steam compressors originally in the engine house. there was also a boiler room at the far side of the building near to the No2 winding house.

    The main engine house with winding house one at the front and house number two to the foreground



    Some nice graffiti here







    Boiler house looking in to the winding house two.









    Looking from underneath the engine house through to the winding house two, into the boiler house.



    Bottom of winding house two.





    Looking across the old engine house.







    On top of winding house two.





    Some sort off engine mounts in the winding house



    Up in winding house one. this winding house was in a much more decayed state. But far more photogenic.

















    As you first enter the site this is the point the miners would have entered before going into the pit area, here would be the clocking in area and were you would pick up a token so the mine foreman would know who is down the mine. This block was situated next to the first aid block as well.











    The first aid block was in a bad burnt state.



    Next is the bath house which was a later addition in 1934. there would be a clean side with lockers, and a dirty side. There are still the old tiles on the walls in places. The conditioning tower is situated to the rear of the bath house.

    The dirty side.



    There is some good graffiti in here.





    Original urinals.





























    The lamp house would be the place to get your head torches. I would think they were maybe still gas powered then, not sure. and all the other safety equipment. This was another quite badly burnt building.













    To the side of the site is the admin house, This is were most of the office work was done by the NCB, mostly general admin and payroll, etc.















    At the back of the site sits an old loco shed, there are still some of the old rails about from when the coal was transported from the colliery.







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    That is a pretty cool place.
    Its amazing how some nice graff can make a place more appealing as easily as rubbish scrawl can degrade!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    Love the Coloquix artwork

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    The buildings may be photogenic but the artwork seems to score here.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Yep, really comprehensive and the Coloquix pieces are great. It's both surprising and sad that Firbeck is one of the last derelict collieries left in the UK - considering how many were explorable over the past 15 years, and almost all of them have gone now.

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    That certainly looks worth a visit.
    Thanks for the comprehensive report :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    Man...that's one epic report. You did a proper job there mate.
    Thank you mate. I actually made another trip last week for some new graffiti
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    That is a pretty cool place.
    Its amazing how some nice graff can make a place more appealing as easily as rubbish scrawl can degrade!
    Yeah it has deffo added to it
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One eyed Spaniel View Post
    Love the Coloquix artwork
    It's lovely ain't it. I just won some prints and stickers of the artist
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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