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Pleasley Colliery

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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2007

1873-1983. The Pleasley area was found to be very rich in coal reserves. The colliery was initially installed with wooden headgear which was obsolete by the turn of the century and so it was planned to replace them in 1901. The replacement with iron headgear was started on a Friday and completed by the Sunday, all within forty eight hours. The colliery at Pleasley was by 1947 working The Top Hard, Dunsil, First Waterloo and Deep Hard seam, producing half a million tons of coal per annum. In 1979 it was proposed to link the mine to the nearby Shirebrook colliery in a seven million pound scheme authorised by the National Coal Board. This was to make it possible to surface Pleasley coal at Shirebrook; but in 1983 the plan was to merge reserves of Pleasley coal reserves with those at Shirebrook. Thus resulting in the closure of this one hundred and ten year old colliery.

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