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Black Country Museum 1/7

On 4th.September last year 12 of us bloggers, plus assorted friends and partners, gathered at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, for a get-together and since then quite a few of have shown images from that day. Somewhat belatedly this week is a small selection of those I took of the place itself starting with the Coal Mine. The ground beneath the Museum site was once mined for coal, limestone, fireclay, and ironstone. More than 40 old mine shafts are shown on old plans and around one of these shafts, Racecourse Colliery has been built as a typical small Black Country coal pit. The colliery was so named because the land on which it stands was originally the Dudley Racecourse which was closed when the railway line from Dudley to Wolverhampton was built in 1846. Racecourse Colliery is shown as it would have been in about 1910 and represents a typical Black Country coal, or fire clay mine. The wooden pit frame stands over a shaft 30 metres deep and a cylinder outside drum steam powered winding engine would wind the cage up and down the shaft.

We are away at the moment, I will catch up with you when we return.

Black Country Museum 1/7

On 4th.September last year 12 of us bloggers, plus assorted friends and partners, gathered at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, for a get-together and since then quite a few of have shown images from that day. Somewhat belatedly this week is a small selection of those I took of the place itself starting with the Coal Mine. The ground beneath the Museum site was once mined for coal, limestone, fireclay, and ironstone. More than 40 old mine shafts are shown on old plans and around one of these shafts, Racecourse Colliery has been built as a typical small Black Country coal pit. The colliery was so named because the land on which it stands was originally the Dudley Racecourse which was closed when the railway line from Dudley to Wolverhampton was built in 1846. Racecourse Colliery is shown as it would have been in about 1910 and represents a typical Black Country coal, or fire clay mine. The wooden pit frame stands over a shaft 30 metres deep and a cylinder outside drum steam powered winding engine would wind the cage up and down the shaft.

We are away at the moment, I will catch up with you when we return.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Sep 2012, 00:58
Excellent! I am looking forward to your version of this excursion, Brian.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Sep 2012, 04:25
Oh, how fun to go back to a year ago, Brian. The memories are as alive as though they were from yesterday!
Brian Walbey: Yes it was a good day out wasn't it. I'm glad you are both back home safe and sound, your blog, part 1, sounds as though you had a lovely time at the farm with your family.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Sep 2012, 08:25
I remember this well Brian
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 10 Sep 2012, 08:58
Enjoy your away ness Brian, I have fond memories of this trip.
like the various colours here. good to see there is so much greenery to combat what could have been dreary black industrial scene
very good composition to see it all
A fine composition Brian smile
It was a good day out. nice time to remind us!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is just around the year isn't it.
A very nice composition Brian!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Sep 2012, 19:43
Interesting, Brian
Memories of a cracking day out
with the gang and the best fish and chips since childhood.
Good contrast, Brian.
Have an enjoyable break wherever you are Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred, we had a fine time down in Dorset, staying at Wareham and going out and about from there.
  • Alan
  • Vancouver Airport
  • 11 Sep 2012, 22:00
It was a shame I missed this trip. I think I was away on holiday at the time. The museum looks more developed than when I was last year; I don't recall the pit gear before.

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