Again while working in Stoke , inspired by other intrepid explorers, though i would check out Chatterly Whitfeild Colliery. I dint get up any of the headstocks due to the thunder and lightning and i got totally soaked cool
Mining started at Chatterley Whitfield less than 200 years ago. But the area is known for its coal since the 14th century, when the monks of the Hulton Abbey came to nearby Ridgeway, less than a kilometre to the east, where eight seams crop out. Around the 1850s several mines existed in the area and the first shafts had been lowered. Seams were mined underground. In 1854 the local coalmasters planned to build a railroad through Biddulph Valley to be able to transport the coal to the markets. This forced the North Staffordshire Railway Company to construct the branch, as they did not want a private railroad around. After its completion in 1860 mining boosted.
In 1867 two collieries were bought by a group of investors known as the Gentlemen of Tunstall, who founded the Whitfield Colliery Company Limited to work them. They modernized the mines, built new shafts and widened existing shafts. But after only a few years, in 1873, the company was bought by the Chatterley Iron Company Limited. They were owning blast furnaces, an oil distilling plant, and a mine for ironstone in the Chatterley Valley, but needed coal for the furnaces. They immediately started to develop the mine and its production.
Seems to be a lot of history allready here about the site... if you want a good infromative read go to Host report
1~Winstanley pit (1913)
4~ Not sure if this is Engine pit (1863); Middle pit (1863) or Institute Pit (1874)
5~ as above
6~ Platt pit (1883)
9~ Hesketh pit (1914).
12~ I work for these now
Odds and sods
Archive photiographs and here more info too
Thanks for looking