SJ7099 : Astley Green Colliery Museum - Winding Headgear

taken 9 years ago, near to Astley Green, Wigan, Great Britain

Astley Green Colliery Museum - Winding Headgear
Astley Green Colliery Museum - Winding Headgear
The headgear is an impressive lattice steel riveted structure nearly 30 metres high. It was built by Head Wrightson of Stockton on Tees and completed by 1912. The two winding pulleys are 6.4 metres in diameter.
Astley Green Colliery Museum
Astley Green Colliery Museum is in the heart of the village of Astley Green on the edge of Chat Moss, in an area once full of collieries. Astley Green Colliery began its life in 1908 to exploit coal reserves in the south Lancashire Coalfield. The colliery had a lifespan of only 62 years, finally closing its gates in 1970.

The museum, which occupies fifteen acres of the Astley Green Colliery site, houses Lancashire's only surviving headgear and engine house, both of which now have listed building status.

Apart from the steam winding engine and headgear the museum houses many exhibits, not least of which is the collection of 28 colliery locomotives, the largest collection of its type in the United Kingdom.

The museum is now run and maintained, on behalf of the community, by the Red Rose Steam Society Limited, a registered charity.

LinkExternal link - Astley Green Colliery Museum web site
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Saturday, 19 March, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 March, 2011
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Equipment > Winding gear   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7045 9993 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7051 9993
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