EAW015503 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 [EAW015503] 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 EAW015503
    Date 14 May 1948
    Place name BILLINGLEY
    Parish BILLINGLEY
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 443076,  403735
    Longitude / Latitude -1.3501060570292,  53.528261492643
    National Grid Reference SE431037
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     Rose Valley

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    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:56:48 PM
     The A635 can be seen through the gateways.

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    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:56:08 PM
     Billingley Green Lane

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    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:55:10 PM
     An ambulance? a military one?

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    ewnmcg
    Monday 8th of September 2014 11:16:41 PM

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    User Comment Contributions

    We are looking north

    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:59:02 PM
    This photo covers the same area as EAW015494

    Class31
    Saturday 1st of November 2014 12:47:01 PM
    EAW015504 is of Selby Abbey taken on the same day, 14th May 1948.

    Class31
    Saturday 18th of October 2014 08:03:29 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 10:33:42 PM