Coal Mining [USED] South Staffordshire Coalfield

[USED] South Staffordshire Coalfield

[USED] South Staffordshire Coalfield
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Nigel Chapman, 235 x165, SB, 96pp,

The book is illustrated throughout with colour and sepia photos, surface and underground some modern and many archive is very well produeced and of high quality. Collieries and mining areas include
Oldbury, Halesowen.Oldhill, Smethick, Himley, Hilton Main Featherstone, The cannock Chase Coalfield, West Cannock No 5, East cannock Colliery, Littleton Colliery
Publishers comments - Reading some of the descriptions of the Black Country in the nineteenth century, one could be forgiven for believing the area stood at the gates of Hell. Much was made of burning heaps of coal and coke, with mining waste burying agricultural land and slag tips at the furnaces glowing red. The noise of hammers and machinery filled the air. Gradually, these industries have been replaced with warehouses and retail parks. These much quieter and cleaner industries have changed the landscape beyond all recognition along with the spread of housing over the West Midlands.

Some twenty to thirty years ago it was possible to find odd corners of the Black Country that reminded one of the mining past. Most of these scenes have now gone, often replaced by housing and land reclamation schemes. However, in some locations, such as New Hawne, Warrens Hall and Himley Woods, something of the old Black Country remains, but without the blackness of colliery waste tips; most of which is now hidden under a carpet of greenery. We have, over the last century, lost an amazing amount of our industrial heritage to light industry and housing.
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