Kellingley Colliery, Yorkshire, UK

Kellingley Colliery was the last deep-level coal mine in the UK. It’s closure in December 2015 marked an end for the UK coal industry.

Kellingley Colliery Coal Mine, Yorkshire
 

The end of an era.

An era which has been on the decline for a number of decades. An era that made Britain truly great. An era that saw many prosperous moments. An era that couldn’t sustain itself.

The era I’m talking about was Industrial Britain and the closure of Kellingley Colliery, the last deep level mine in the UK not only signifies the end of the UK coal industry as we know it, but puts a final end to the great industrial times Britain used to know.

Kellingley - Winding towers viewed from main entrance
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Kellingley – Winding towers viewed from main entrance

Coal.

The life-blood of the industrial revolution was mined in great quantities from the plentiful seams throughout the North of England. Powering everything from a blacksmiths forge to the immense power stations that are now seeing out their final days, coal was solely responsible for powering the industrial past of the UK.

It’s no surprise then, that the decline of the coal industry and the downturn in heavy industry have gone hand-in-hand. No longer do we need to burn vast quantities of highly-polluting fuels, so the closure of the last coal mine is the final milestone of Industrial Britain. A point where we can look back at everything we have achieved, and celebrate the greatness of Britain. A moment to look to the future with wonder. Britain may have had a change in direction, but we are still world leaders in many, many sectors. We develop modern techniques and move with the times. It may be a sad day for the workers of Kellingley, but with a nod of respect to the past, we see the future of the nation in this closure and look towards a bright, clean future.

Long live Britain.

Kellingley Colliery - Masses of coal conveyors
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Kellingley Colliery – Masses of coal conveyors

Kellingley Colliery - Winding towers
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding towers

Kellingley Colliery - The "Big K" workers entrance
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Kellingley Colliery – The “Big K” workers entrance

Kellingley Colliery - Workers entrance
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Kellingley Colliery – Workers entrance

Kellingley Colliery - Café area
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Kellingley Colliery – Café area

Kellingley Colliery - Locker rooms
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Kellingley Colliery – Locker rooms

Kellingley Colliery - Miners clothing
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Kellingley Colliery – Miners clothing

Kellingley Colliery - Locker rooms where the miners would dress
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Kellingley Colliery – Locker rooms where the miners would dress

Kellingley Colliery - Showers
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Kellingley Colliery – Showers

Kellingley Colliery - Lamp charging area
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Kellingley Colliery – Lamp charging area

Kellingley Colliery - Each lamp still has the miners name displayed
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Kellingley Colliery – Each lamp still has the miners name displayed

Kellingley Colliery - Search yourself
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Kellingley Colliery – Search yourself

Kellingley Colliery - Clocking in cards
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Kellingley Colliery – Clocking in cards

Kellingley Colliery - Workers shaft entrance
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Kellingley Colliery – Workers shaft entrance

Kellingley Colliery - Workers shaft entrance
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Kellingley Colliery – Workers shaft entrance

Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 2 head - where the coal reaches the surface
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Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 2 head – where the coal reaches the surface

Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 1 railway truck entrance
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Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 1 railway truck entrance

Kellingley - Locomotive at shaft 1
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Kellingley – Locomotive at shaft 1

Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 1 railway
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Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 1 railway

Kellingley Colliery - Locomotive
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Kellingley Colliery – Locomotive

Kellingley Colliery - Local control booth
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Kellingley Colliery – Local control booth

Kellingley Colliery - Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1

Kellingley Colliery - Winding gear
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding gear

Kellingley Colliery - Winding house No. 1
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding house No. 1

Kellingley Colliery - Winding house control room and wheels
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding house control room and wheels

Kellingley Colliery - Winding house control room
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Kellingley Colliery – Winding house control room

Kellingley Colliery - Maintenance/porn room
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Kellingley Colliery – Maintenance/porn room

Kellingley Colliery - Tank room
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Kellingley Colliery – Tank room

Kellingley Colliery - The site viewed from winding tower
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Kellingley Colliery – The site viewed from winding tower

Kellingley Colliery - External with one of the two winding towers.
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Kellingley Colliery – External with one of the two winding towers.

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