This is a well-preserved colliery, essentially the 1950s or 1960s state of an 1890s building. I have previously visited some much older ones and some more recent collieries, but this was genuinely more interesting. There were the "old-school" touches such as marble insulators throughout, but also some true "technical masterpieces", incl. very powerful compressors to power the pneumatic drills a mile away (500m below and then some through the level), hot showers, washing machines, elaborate hanging systems for the laundry, and many "artistic features", especially in stained glass and inscriptions. A lovely site.
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