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.
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