SP3193 : West View, Ansley Common

taken 10 years ago, near to Oldbury, Warwickshire, Great Britain

West View, Ansley Common
West View, Ansley Common
A small street off the main road. Until recently it consisted of just one long terrace of small Victorian houses, dating back to 1891. I believe they were built for the workers at Ansley Hall colliery (see shared description). Some still survive -those in the background of this photo- but half of the terrace has now been demolished and replaced by the new houses seen on the right. The work was done by North Warwickshire Borough Council and Waterloo Housing Association. An aerial view of the terrace how it was can currently be seen on Google Maps, and a view of the work in progress can currently be seen on Google Streetview.
Ansley Hall and Ansley Hall Colliery :: SP3093
Ansley Hall dated back to 1720-1730, with Ansley Park being enclosed by John Ludford in the 1750s.
Ansley Hall Colliery opened in 1878. Shortly afterwards the Hall and Colliery were taken over by the Phillips family.
The Ansley Hall Coal & Iron Co. Ltd was founded by William Garside Phillips (great grandfather of Captain Mark Phillips, first husband of Princess Anne). The company also operated a nearby brickworks.
When the pit closed in 1959 the coal that it contained was mined from nearby Haunchwood.
(Details from LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link - text on the latter by Peter Lee)

Old photographs of the hall and colliery from the County Record Office collection can be found on the Windows on Warwickshire website.

The colliery was served by the Stockingford Branch of the Midland Railway which ran from near Stockingford station on the Nuneaton to Birmingham railway line. The track of the railway was lifted in 1963, but its course can still (in 2010) be seen clearly in many places. Part of it is used by the Centenary Way public footpath.

An article about Baddesley Colliery from the Industrial Railway Record of September 1966 published on LinkExternal link states 'It is interesting to note the position of this MR branch in relation to the same Company’s branch from Stockingford (on the Nuneaton - Birmingham line) to Ansley Hall Colliery. With the termini being less than two miles apart and at similarly high levels, it was no doubt the intention to link the two and form a through route. The fact that the Ansley Hall branch terminates in the middle of a field with a trailing connection into the colliery yard - the colliery itself having been passed about half a mile back - lends weight to this supposition.'
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 May, 2010
New housing   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3141 9361 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:32.3669N 1:32.2993W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3139 9358
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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