SD4606 : The Railway Tavern, Blaguegate

taken 13 years ago, 3 km from Westhead, Lancashire, Great Britain

The Railway Tavern, Blaguegate
The Railway Tavern, Blaguegate
Railway Tavern on the corner of Ormskirk Road and Railway Road, Blaguegate where there was once a railway line to Ormskirk and St Helens. (See LinkExternal link for information.)Commencing around 1850 and in the course of some 75 years, Skelmersdale became a fast growing mining town and the population grew 8 times as miners came from other parts of the country to exploit the coal reserves. Over this period there were at least 50 coalmines and around 1918 there were some 2,000 people working in local mines. Water was a perennial problem with mines in the area, many having been sunk through the moss lands to reach profitable seams, and this indirectly led to the catastrophic decline of the coal industry in Skelmersdale. Industrial relations were not good in the latter part of the 19th Century and there were several strikes, during which time conditions underground deteriorated as it was often many weeks before a mine could begin production again. The real “coup-de-grace” of the industry was the National Coal Strike of 1926, which resulted in severe flooding of the unattended workings and led to the closure of most of the remaining pits. Thus ended a major epoch in the growth of Skelmersdale, and it is sad to say that the New Town has been built with no acknowledgement of the town’s mining past.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 15 October, 2005   (more nearby)
Monday, 17 October, 2005
Public house > Public house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 463 062 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.9803N 2:48.7176W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 464 064
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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