SO6076 : Old coal workings near Doddington

taken 3 years ago, near to Doddington, Shropshire, Great Britain

Old coal workings near Doddington
Old coal workings near Doddington
The gorse in the foreground is filling hollows left by bell pit working.
The nearer of the spoil heaps in the background is at Jewstone Colliery. The more distant spoil heap has not been identified with a specific Colliery. It is thought that it could be a second shaft of Jewstone.
Clee Hill coalfield :: SO6077
A significant coal seam underlies the dolerite cap of Hoar Edge and Clee Hill, outcropping on the southern slopes of Titterstone Clee Hill, on the hillside between Cleehill and Doddington and on Catherton Common.

Being easily accessible, it was worked from the medieval period, initially by working into the edge of the seam, and later with bell pits. As these became worked out, and with improving technology, deeper shafts were sunk, largely along the top of Clee Hill. This phase occurred in the mid to late 19th century, with the final stage of pits using steam power to wind coal. These pits were hard won, as the shafts had to be sunk through the hard cap of dolerite on the hill. Most of these pits had closed by the end of the 19th century, but one or two continued into the 20th, the final closure occurring in 1927.

The isolated nature of the coalfield and its location on top of the hill meant that there was no other development than the pits themselves. The result is that the remains continue largely undisturbed. For this reason, the areas of the older workings, both on Clee Hill and Titterstone Clee Hill are designated scheduled monuments.

The remains are easily accessible for those with an interest in early mining. The areas are all open access land, still crossed by the trackways used to transport the coal from the mines, mostly designated rights of way. Detailed information about the mining remains can be found on the Archaeology Data Service website, as follows:
Early coal mining LinkExternal link
Later coal mining LinkExternal link
Stone quarrying: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 6 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
Former (from Tags)
Colliery Tip 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6083 7616 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:22.9238N 2:34.6136W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6081 7613
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Bell Pits  Scheduled Monument  Coal Mining 

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