Ansley Hall and Ansley Hall Colliery :: Shared Description

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.'
by John Brightley

6 images use this description:

SP3193 : West View, Ansley Common by John Brightley
SP3093 : Course of old railway by John Brightley
SP3094 : Line of old railway, off Oldbury Road by John Brightley
SP3193 : Victorian houses, Coleshill Road, Ansley Common by John Brightley
SP3193 : Old railway embankment by John Brightley
SP3094 : Old railway bridge abutments, Ridge Lane by John Brightley

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Created: Sun, 23 May 2010, Updated: Sun, 23 May 2010

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