PHOTO: G. H. Edwards.

Solway Colliery in 1950


Solway Colliery in 1950. The tin sheds (pictured between the sets of headgear) were there to provide a "black-out" over the coke-ovens during WWII.

I discovered this photo in an old file at my Parents' house. It was taken and developed by a young George Edwards, from the attic window of his parents' house on Moss-Bay Road. The more observant reader (webophile?) will have spotted:
a) The slag-engine puffing its way up the slag-bank, and b) That this image abuts onto the similar picture of the Derwent Blast Furnaces - which was taken at the same time - to form a panoramic view of industrial Workington.

Solway headgear, just before demolition

The last set of headgear awaits demolition at Workington's last deep coal-mine. Sunk in 1937 by the United Steel Company, It was taken over (nationalised) by the NCB in 1947 and eventually closed in 1973. Beset by damp, underground geological fault conditions and poor-quality coal, It was not the most profitable pit in the county.

Silhouette of Workington's industrial past.

The workshops and anciliary buildings still stand, and are given over to private enterprise. Note the similarity of the architecture to the coke-ovens over the other side of the railway line. - Hardly surprising, as they were all built to be an integrated unit, with a conveyor from pit to coke-oven. tally


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