Author Topic: open cast coal mining - fence/swallownest  (Read 8018 times)

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open cast coal mining - fence/swallownest
« on: October 09, 2010, 05:55:59 PM »
Just thought I post this pic of a coal seam being opencast at Fence (between swallownest and Woodhouse). There use to be a Fence Colliery near to this site and it's being redeveloped as an industrial  estate. Looks like a bit of it is being financed by a spot of opencasting!

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Re: open cast coal mining - fence/swallownest
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 05:55:47 PM »
I've looked in the text books and this is more or less the site of the old Fence Colliery. The 1927 'Sections of Strata of the Coal Measures of Yorkshire' has it listed, but doesn't give a sinking date. And it's still there on the 1950 map. I don't recall it being there from the 1980s on so presumably it closed about then? Anyway, the coal seams listed for the shaft at Lat 53 22 00 N Long 1 20 27 W are:

Fox Earth Coal at 2 yards depth (5ft 6in thick)
Sough Coal at 17 yards (2ft 6in ft thick)
Furnace Coal at 31 yards (nearly 8ft thick but with about half of that being 'Clunch')
A series of 3 thin seams
High Hazels at 71 yards depth

So I'd hazard a guess that the picture shows the Fox Earth seam.
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