EAW015497 ENGLAND (1948).  Billingley, Open Cast Coal Quarry south of the village, 1948.


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    Title [EAW015497] Billingley, Open Cast Coal Quarry south of the village, 1948.
    Reference EAW015497
    Date 14 May 1948
    Place name BILLINGLEY
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 443459,  403648
    Longitude / Latitude -1.3443401717332,  53.527447921292
    National Grid Reference SE435036
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     Carr Dike

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    Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:40:10 AM
     These look like temporary fuel tanks for the lorries.There appears to be fuel delivery pipework below the tanks.

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    Saturday 8th of March 2014 09:40:15 PM
     Does this sign say Laing, like the ones at Smalley

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    Friday 10th of January 2014 02:51:02 PM
    Does look like LAING. The same name appears on quite a few as yet unidentified images. The firm of Jogn Laing & Son did work on some open-cast contracts.

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    Wednesday 10th of September 2014 10:52:26 PM

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    User Comment Contributions

    The large shed is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6inch map published 1950.

    Saturday 1st of November 2014 11:42:43 AM
    See EAW015486 for aerial shot

    Monday 6th of October 2014 08:40:06 PM
    Given the other locations on this flight, I think that we have a good chance that we are looking at sandpits in the area just to the south of the North Downs, possibly Runfold, Surrey. This is just to the east of Hale. The features seen will no longer be there, so a contemporary photo from local archives may be the only chance of confirming it. The sand worked in this area is Folkestone Beds of the Lower Greensand.

    Saturday 2nd of August 2014 11:51:42 PM
    Face shovel & draglines on these 3 pictures are quite small but then the date is quite early. Was there much open cast coal mining in 1948? Not much coal in evidence, mainly light-coloured top hamper, but there does seem to be a dark seam/stratum in the background.

    Tuesday 10th of June 2014 10:11:38 PM
    This appears to be an ironstone mine or some other quarry extracting minerals,but not coal as the ground is not dark enough for that. Could be sand,gravel etc.

    Tuesday 25th of March 2014 11:07:13 AM
    I'm sorry Cabby but I can not agree with your comments about the activity taking place in this series of photographs. If we accept that these three or four photos are of the same place it is almost certain that the activity is open cast coal mining. There is a line of lorries waiting to be loaded with the black stuff in one of the other photos. Even in this photo there is a band of black to be seen. There is every probability this is a Laing open cast coal site. It could even be in the Smalley area but we can't prove it, yet.

    Tuesday 25th of March 2014 11:07:13 AM
    This series of three photographs are of the same location. EAW015497 EAW015498 EAW015499 There is an overlap with the same information on each of the three photographs. EAW015500 is probably of the same location but I cannot identify anything positively as being at the same location, apart from a very large hole in the ground!

    Sunday 5th of January 2014 06:06:43 PM