Crumlin Navigation Colliery - Sept 21

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BikinGlynn

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Navigation Colliery

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Footnote The site is now in the hands of a preservation group (I didnt know this at time of visiting) & they are doing an excellent job of preserving / restoring & have big plans for a carbon neutral future. How a historic coal mine is transitioning from fossil fuels to carbon zero

The Navigation Colliery in Crumlin, Caerphilly, came into being in 1907 with the sinking of the mine shafts by the mine owners Partridge, Jones & Company Ltd, and was in full production by 1911.
It was taken over by the National Coal Board in 1947 when nationalisation was introduced by the Attlee Labour Government and carried on producing coal for another 20 years until the mine closed production since 1967.

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The Navigation colliery is a nationally important, nearly complete, complex of both Grade II* and II buildings. Listed buildings in the complex include the winding engine house, colliery baths, and chimney. Built in the early 20th century, Navigation Colliery was one of the earliest collieries in South Wales to be built in brick rather than local stone and was a show-pit of the period with high quality buildings and up-to-date machinery.

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Havent seen this place for a while & its really quite nice indeed. Unfortunately the moggies have long gone just a selection of bonnets survive (Im sure a minor bonnet would survive the apocalypse)

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I found this place very photogenic so on with the pics.

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Time to leave, but we wont be going that way!

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Really good to see the site again. I'm surprised at the amount of plantlife and how much more derelict it is now and am wondering if the preservation group have stopped caring for it. Great photos as always, Glynn. Cheers. :)
 

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Really good to see the site again. I'm surprised at the amount of plantlife and how much more derelict it is now and am wondering if the preservation group have stopped caring for it. Great photos as always, Glynn. Cheers. :)

think they are still tehre, I saw somewhere they had a big open day thing recently even had a DJ in the main hall lol
 

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dunno it appears to be a river running straight under the road!
Not natural I assume maybe it is an old tunnel to do with the mines?
I didnt go down for a look.
From years ago I think I recall a gated adit down at that level – there was a strong smell of hydrogen sulphide (rotten eggs) so I didn't investigate. Amusingly a busybody from the preservation group turned up on site demanding to know how I got in – the gate was open, and a local dogwalker was also wandering around…
 

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I live about ten miles from there. Years ago, after it closed as a mine, the red brick building in the first photo was used as a car scrapyard, hence the morris bonnets..
 

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