EAW015502 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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    Title [EAW015502] 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 EAW015502
    Date 14 May 1948
    Place name BILLINGLEY
    Parish BILLINGLEY
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 443205,  403679
    Longitude / Latitude -1.3481676823516,  53.527747524765
    National Grid Reference SE432037
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     The bottom word here looks to be Sheffield.

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    Class31
    Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 10:42:21 AM
    Like your work on this. I note that there are a few LIMA excavators at work. Also, in one of two of this set it is just possible that the top layers have been stripped away and then a dark layer (coal?) is being loaded into small lorry/lorries. Is it possibly an open-cast coal site?


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    ewnmcg
    Monday 8th of September 2014 10:43:59 PM
    I think it says "Smith Excavator", then lower down Thos.W.Ward, Albion Works, Sheffield.

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    Brick Collector
    Monday 1st of December 2014 11:02:37 PM

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    User Comment Contributions

    same spoil heap and diggers as EAW015490

    TomRobin
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 02:24:31 PM
    EAW015495 covers the same area.

    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:24:27 PM
    EAW015504 is of Selby Abbey taken on the same day, 14th May 1948.

    Class31
    Saturday 18th of October 2014 08:03:56 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 10:34:26 PM