EAW015492 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 [EAW015492] 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 EAW015492
Date 14-May-1948
Link
Place name BILLINGLEY
Parish BILLINGLEY
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 443145, 403810
Longitude / Latitude -1.3490547800794, 53.528929993404
National Grid Reference SE431038

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Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:54:27 AM

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:54:04 AM
This could be a fairly high railway embankment.

Class31
Monday 6th of October 2014 11:57:25 AM
The Darfield to Wath upon Dearne railway.

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:55:03 AM
Is this some sort of spoil heap in the distance? I think I can see it on some of the other pictures too.

Tony D
Friday 26th of September 2014 12:32:59 PM
LIMA excavator.

ewnmcg
Monday 8th of September 2014 10:47:38 PM

User Comment Contributions

For my money this is opencast coal mining somewhere in Yorkshire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire.

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:58:09 AM
This was located today as Billingley near Barnsley in Yorkshire

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:58:09 AM
We are looking west.

Class31
Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:57:01 AM
EAW015504 is of Selby Abbey taken on the same day, 14th May 1948.

Class31
Saturday 18th of October 2014 08:07:08 PM
This looks like hard work!- to locate as well as on the ground. I think that I'll try some more likely ones for now.

Class31
Monday 6th of October 2014 12:08:20 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
Monday 6th of October 2014 12:01:08 PM
I think that you are on safe ground in thinking that this is an open cast coal mine. There are however an awful lot of coal mining areas in Britain and most of the evidence is removed when the ground is reinstated after the coal has been extracted.

Class31
Monday 6th of October 2014 12:01:08 PM