EAW015490 ENGLAND (1948). Billingley, Open Cast Coal Quarry south of the village, 1948. This image has been produced from a print marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.

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Details

Title [EAW015490] Billingley, Open Cast Coal Quarry south of the village, 1948. This image has been produced from a print marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.
Reference EAW015490
Date 14-May-1948
Link
Place name BILLINGLEY
Parish BILLINGLEY
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 443163, 403810
Longitude / Latitude -1.348783226414, 53.528928514813
National Grid Reference SE432038

Pins

This excavator matches an excavator in EAW015495

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 05:32:16 PM

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:11:59 AM

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:11:36 AM
See eaw015498, this hut and tree are visible

TomRobin
Monday 13th of October 2014 11:22:45 PM
Railway embankment.

Class31
Monday 6th of October 2014 12:14:42 PM
Darfield to Wath upon Dearne railway

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:11:10 AM
LIMA excavator.

ewnmcg
Monday 8th of September 2014 10:45:36 PM

User Comment Contributions

We are looking broadly west.

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:13:03 AM
EAW015504 is of Selby Abbey taken on the same day, 14th May 1948.

Class31
Saturday 18th of October 2014 08:06:15 PM
I wonder if the material being excavated is more likely to be something like Fullers Earth. How dark does that get? The overburden from coal tends to be shale, but this looks finer and "cleaner", like the Lower Greensand beds.

GrahamC
Monday 15th of September 2014 10:57:28 PM
A bit of an educated(?) guess but I’m thinking that this is an open-cast coal mine site.

My reasoning is:

(a) Appearance in some of this set of images of a dark seam well below the original ground level and this dark material (coal?) being removed by lorry;

(b) LAING contractors sign on some earthmoving equipment (John Laing & Son had a contract for some such work round about 1948.

The location is far less certain but one POSSIBLE area is Heanor/ Carrington Farm/ Shipley Hall/ Mapperley/ Smalley area, west of Nottingham. There were a few open-cast mines being worked here in the late 1940s. One of them – Carrington – used a very large dragline excavator, on two ‘feet’ rather than caterpillar tracks. To see these, search BritainfromAbove using “opencast” as the key word.

ewnmcg
Tuesday 9th of September 2014 10:34:52 PM