Kellingley Colliery, Yorkshire, UK

Kellingley Colliery Coal Mine, Yorkshire

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.

Visited December 2015 Kellingley, Yorkshire, UK Closed

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
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
Kellingley Colliery – Masses of coal conveyors
Kellingley Colliery - Winding towers
Kellingley Colliery – Winding towers
Kellingley Colliery - The "Big K" workers entrance
Kellingley Colliery – The “Big K” workers entrance
Kellingley Colliery - Workers entrance
Kellingley Colliery – Workers entrance
Kellingley Colliery - Café area
Kellingley Colliery – Café area
Kellingley Colliery - Locker rooms
Kellingley Colliery – Locker rooms
 
Kellingley Colliery - Miners clothing
Kellingley Colliery – Miners clothing
Kellingley Colliery - Locker rooms where the miners would dress
Kellingley Colliery – Locker rooms where the miners would dress
Kellingley Colliery - Showers
Kellingley Colliery – Showers
Kellingley Colliery - Lamp charging area
Kellingley Colliery – Lamp charging area
Kellingley Colliery - Each lamp still has the miners name displayed
Kellingley Colliery – Each lamp still has the miners name displayed
Kellingley Colliery - Search yourself
Kellingley Colliery – Search yourself
 
Kellingley Colliery - Clocking in cards
Kellingley Colliery – Clocking in cards
Kellingley Colliery - Workers shaft entrance
Kellingley Colliery – Workers shaft entrance
Kellingley Colliery - Workers shaft entrance
Kellingley Colliery – Workers shaft entrance
Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 2 head - where the coal reaches the surface
Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 2 head – where the coal reaches the surface
Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 1 railway truck entrance
Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 1 railway truck entrance
Kellingley - Locomotive at shaft 1
Kellingley – Locomotive at shaft 1
Kellingley Colliery - Shaft 1 railway
Kellingley Colliery – Shaft 1 railway
 
Kellingley Colliery - Locomotive
Kellingley Colliery – Locomotive
Kellingley Colliery - Local control booth
Kellingley Colliery – Local control booth
Kellingley Colliery - Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1
Kellingley Colliery – Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1
Kellingley Colliery - Winding gear
Kellingley Colliery – Winding gear
 
Kellingley Colliery - Winding house No. 1
Kellingley Colliery – Winding house No. 1
Kellingley Colliery - Winding house control room and wheels
Kellingley Colliery – Winding house control room and wheels
Kellingley Colliery - Winding house control room
Kellingley Colliery – Winding house control room
Kellingley Colliery - Maintenance/porn room
Kellingley Colliery – Maintenance/porn room
 
Kellingley Colliery - Tank room
Kellingley Colliery – Tank room
Kellingley Colliery - The site viewed from winding tower
Kellingley Colliery – The site viewed from winding tower
Kellingley Colliery - External with one of the two winding towers.
Kellingley Colliery – External with one of the two winding towers.

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