Apedale Mine

Apedale Heritage Centre - Apedale Colliery


Useful Information

Location: Newcastle Under Lyme.
M6 exit 15, follow Queensway around Newcastle Under Lyme, exit Longport, follow Porthill Bank, Dimsdale Parade West, and Wolstanton Road to Chesterton. At roundabout turn off into Loomer Road, follow road to the end.
Open: All year Sat, Sun 10-16.
[2007]
Fee: Adults GBP 4, Children (5-) GBP 2, Children (0-4) not allowed, Seniors GBP 2.
[2007]
Classification: ExplainCoal Mine
Light: electric.
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Address: Apedale Mine, Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7RR, Tel: 01785-813417. E-mail: contact
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History

1850 Burley Pit opened.
27-MAR-1878 explosion at No.1 Burley Pit, Apedale colliery.
02-APR-1891 mine explosion kills eight men and two boys.
1926 Burley Pit closed.
1947 nationalisation of the coal industry.
NOV-1969 Apedale colliery closed.
1971 reopened as a licensed mine under he control of Hampton Gold Mining Areas Plc.
1999 Apedale Footrail colliery closed, after pumping was stopped at nearby Silverdale Colliery.

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Description

The Apedale Heritage Centre is primarily a museum for the coal mining heritage at Staffordshire, or better Apedale. There are displays about pre historic and Roman mining, with remains from an first century building discovered in 1998 at nearby Holditch. The more recent parts include mining artifacts like pit tools, mine lamps, maps, photographs, and pit desaster memorabilia. There is a complete mine rescue van and a detailed model of a drift mine. The authentic reproduction of a miners cottage shows everyday family life of the coal miners. A display on the Holditch Colliery Disaster is planned.