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.
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