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    Default Snowdown Colliery, Kent, October 2007


    Had a look around this place in October 2007. Most of the buildings are intact, but as the site's been empty for 20years, nature has taken over very effectively in a lot of places.

    Little bit of history:
    Snowdown was the deepest colliery in Kent reaching well over 3,000 ft (915 metres). It was also the hottest and most humid pit in Kent and was given the name 'Dante's Inferno' by the miners. Regarded by many as the worst pit to work at in Britain, most Snowdown miners worked naked because clothes became too uncomfortable. The miners could consume around 24 pints (14 lires) of water in an 8-hour shift. There were frequent cases of heat stroke.
    (Information from http://www.dover.gov.uk/kentcoal/exh...n/snowdown.asp)

    Buring the 1980s/90's when the channel tunnel was constructed, Snowdown colliery was used to dump a lot of the spoil from the tunnel borings. It's location right next to the mainline railway, and vast amount of land attached to the colliery made it an ideal location.

    The current plans for the colliery are for redevelopment, but there's conflicting information out there as to what it will eventually become. To date nothing appears to be happening on site. I believe some of the buildings are listed structures, so hopefully they will remain.

    I'm not sure what each building is/was, so I'll just post up the pics!






















    There were a few items remaining in the office block




    Found one of the capped shafts, each one had a pillar beside it with two plaques, and two identical plaques set into the ground as well.


    I found the second shaft on a return visit, but didn't have my camera. Never have found the 3rd one which is the deepest one.

    More photos Here

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    That's a really interesting site. Some very nice buildings there and I like the rusty pulley and the plants growing inside. Excellent history info...enjoyed your report. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    That's a really interesting site. Some very nice buildings there and I like the rusty pulley and the plants growing inside. Excellent history info...enjoyed your report. :)
    Why thankyou foxylady. I don't think my photos show the place off to its best, the buildings are lovely, even though they were only built as industrial buildings there are some really nice details on some of them. I spent several hours there wondering round in and out of the different buildings, shame there's not more left, but then what do you expect after 20 years of dereliction I suppose.
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    Shaft number 2 was the deepest Maniac, there is a thread on 28DL that shows the winding house etc for 3 which might give you a bit of an idea about where the cap is, hopefully should help you find it:

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=16022

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shepy View Post
    Shaft number 2 was the deepest Maniac, there is a thread on 28DL that shows the winding house etc for 3 which might give you a bit of an idea about where the cap is, hopefully should help you find it:

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=16022

    ~Shepy
    Cheers Shepy, I always thought the deepest shaft was number 3 for some reason, although admittedly there's not a lot in it lol. I know roughly the area it's in, but some areas of the site are very overgrown making it difficult to find anything easily! May take a wonder back up there later this year, just to satisfy my curiosity.

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    Well according to that report i linked, there is another of the obelisks right next to it, so that shouldnt be too difficult to find.

    One thing that should help is people tend to post photos in the order they are taken, so i would presume that if you get yourself here:



    Should find the shaft fairly close:



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    Wow I was just trying to remember what this place was called the other day, there was a report on 28DL maybe from Dweeb about a year ago. There's a couple of good period pics on google I think of what it was like in the 80s. Great report!

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    There's a lot of photos on the net from snowdown colliery, it was one of the last working pits in Kent, the last one being Betteshanger which closed in 1989. I don't normally like posting photos that arn't my own, but these are on the dover.gov.uk website;

    One of the sadest pics I've found was this one showing the pit head gear being demolished.:(


    And one of my favourites is this one showing miners in the lamproom at snowdown waiting to go down with the 'target board' in the background.
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    Excellent report. :) I love old machinery mixed in with nature. Wish I lived closer! It must have been a really bad place to work.

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    There is a mistake in the artical describing the use of Snowdown to dump Channel Tunnel waste, the traffic was in fact in reverse, Stone from the Colliery Tip was taken by train to build up the terminal at Cheriton. Snowdown tip was in fact 50/60 Ft higher and filled all the flat area in the middle.
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