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Snibston Discovery Park 1/10

My Camera Club had the run of the outside area at Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville, particularly the old coalmine area, closed in 1983, having been opened in 1832, for a shoot one evening recently.

Between 1832 and its closure in 1983 Snibston Colliery underwent many changes. In 1947, the coal industry was nationalised under the control of the National Coal Board (NCB), and the colliery embarked on two decades of mechanisation and expansion.
Some important buildings were demolished after the Colliery closed, especially the coal washing and screening sheds. However, the remaining buildings are considered nationally important and were scheduled as an ancient monument in 1999.

Snibston Colliery is important because it is one of just five complete or substantially complete collieries that have been preserved for future generations and are subject to statutory protections. It is also unique within this group because it represents the large number of collieries modernised by the NCB from the 1950s to the 1970s and some of the buildings include a number of technological innovations.
Thanks very much for all your comments whilst we were away last week in  North Wales, there are so many I cannot possibly reply to them all so please accept this as my acknowledgement.  Maureen quickly recovered and we left on Sunday for Porthmadog and had a great time, despite a few showers now and then.  I now have precisely 598 images (after deletions) to work through for future postings after Christmas.

Snibston Discovery Park 1/10

My Camera Club had the run of the outside area at Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville, particularly the old coalmine area, closed in 1983, having been opened in 1832, for a shoot one evening recently.

Between 1832 and its closure in 1983 Snibston Colliery underwent many changes. In 1947, the coal industry was nationalised under the control of the National Coal Board (NCB), and the colliery embarked on two decades of mechanisation and expansion.
Some important buildings were demolished after the Colliery closed, especially the coal washing and screening sheds. However, the remaining buildings are considered nationally important and were scheduled as an ancient monument in 1999.

Snibston Colliery is important because it is one of just five complete or substantially complete collieries that have been preserved for future generations and are subject to statutory protections. It is also unique within this group because it represents the large number of collieries modernised by the NCB from the 1950s to the 1970s and some of the buildings include a number of technological innovations.
Thanks very much for all your comments whilst we were away last week in  North Wales, there are so many I cannot possibly reply to them all so please accept this as my acknowledgement.  Maureen quickly recovered and we left on Sunday for Porthmadog and had a great time, despite a few showers now and then.  I now have precisely 598 images (after deletions) to work through for future postings after Christmas.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Sep 2010, 00:42
Interesting collection of rusty old junk, Brian...call Steptoe & Son...
Brian Walbey: It never crossed my mind you would be aware of Steptoe out there, amazing.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Sep 2010, 06:03
I am glad to hear Maureen is well again and you were able to go away.
This place looks like 'heaven' to me, so much to see and capture, I love the composition here, and a lot of junk... smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, we had a good time. This is setting the scene for the series to come.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Sep 2010, 06:32
Nicely treated Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tony.
Great capture, Brian. This slice of our industrial and social history is well worth protecting. (:o)
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Rosalyn, thanks.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Sep 2010, 07:23
Definitely a photographer's paradise, Brian. I'm so glad Maureen recovered and that you had a a few dry spells. Now you have your work cut out for you as you tackle those 598 images. I know the feeling. smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, we had a great time. This sets the secene for the series to come.
I like the industrial look
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
Only 598? In a week?? grin

There must be some mono in this lot.
Brian Walbey: Sorry Bill, I didn't have time to take more smile The series is all colour apart from the final one which is both mediums.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Sep 2010, 08:07
Interesting isn't it Brian: these places were commonplace not all that long ago
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Chris although by the time we moved to the Midlands in 1989 most of the pits had gone.
  • Tracy
  • UK
  • 13 Sep 2010, 08:37
I have friends who live close to here Brian, but i've never got around to visiting this place. Fine shot.
Brian Walbey: Well worth a visit if you are at your friends Tracy and near enough for a days run out from you I would think.
Very nice capture Brian. Thanks for the interesting information!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 13 Sep 2010, 11:03
Good heavy industry photo Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
Oh, this one screams HDR!
Brian Walbey: It had a touch of Topaz but the bald sky doesn't help here. Layer shots in the series show up the psuedo HDR a bit more.
Great collection of rusty metals Brian, pleased you had a good holiday and Maureen recovered quickly, mum and dad are in North Wales for their holidays smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda. Had we have known your parents were going to the same area we could have arranged to meet them for a touch of lunch somewhere.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2010, 12:51
What a wonderful collection of machinery, Brian! It's good to see that it's beeing kept and not swept away. I like the old mine trains and cola tugs and then the larger coal wagons beyond. Looks like you could spend days there.

I look forward to seeing your North Wales photos later on; glad to hear that you ahd a good time away.
Brian Walbey: It is an interesting place to shoot photos Alan and we had it all to ourselves, no screaming hordes. You will see some North Wales photos later, probably the new year, I am currently posted almost up to Christmas with my Suffolk stuff.
seems its all just been left to go rusty, does make a good photo though
Brian Walbey: Some of the plant is actually well looked after derek, it certainly is an interesting place to visit.
This site looks like an excellent subject to explore.
Brian Walbey: It is John and we had it all to ourselves for a couple of hours.
Very familiar to me, Brian, growing up in County Durham and going to school in a pit village smile
Brian Walbey: I grew up far away from coalfields Tom but it is good that this one has been preserved.
'' ... Any old iron...''
Brian Walbey: Plenty of that around Richard.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2010, 20:14
A grand place to look for some industrial heritage imagery Brian, I am trying to persuade my club to put on some outside events but not too much enthusiasm at the moment.
Brian Walbey: They have a short railway and run steam here twice a year but I have yet to go. We have very little enthusiasm in my club for outdoor summer events but decided to go for it this year. The two evening events were quite well attended but the two Sunday afternoon events, including wives etc.only attracted 4 members plus ladies but we had a good social time ending up with cream teas all round where we went.
Phew, I'm glad your holiday turned out okay after a worrying beginning. Look forward to seeing some of those 598 images!

This one, for today, is a rustaholics dream.

(PS Did you know that if you give each of the pictures in a series the same title they're automatically numbered, then put into a folder of their own.)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie, especially for the tip about image numbering.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2010, 23:15
Looks like an interesting place for a photo shoot - lots of abandoned industrial machinery.
Brian Walbey: We had a good evening here Ingrid, hopefully you will enjoy some of what I took, especially tomorrow.

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