Elliots Colliery - New
The shafts at Elliots Colliery were started in 1888 but it was to take twenty four years before the colliery would hit peak production. By 1912 the mine employed over 2800 men and was producing in excess of 1m tons per year.
However, this production did not come cheaply. The colliery was plagued with problems caused by flooding and powerful pumps had to be installed. The pumps had to clear 8 tons of water for every ton of coal the mine produced.
The colliery was closed in 1967, despite the fact that the mine was still producing over half a million tons per year.
Ray Harris wrote to us and included the following
information on these collieries:
The colliery closed in 1929 because the side of a mountain
fell, and practically buiried the colliery, the fall of mountain badly
damaged 2 of the shafts and as a result the company decided to abandon
the colliery and there it stood until 1965 when the N.C.B. decided to
fill the shafts and knock down the remaining buildings.
Phillip S. Price sent the following information in
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