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Sisters' Pit, exposed shaft

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Undated. View shows an exposed pit shaft on the site of the old Sisters' Pit, which was found at the rear of Safeway supermarket (now Tesco), seen in the background. The shaft was 18 feet deep and in diameter. On the left is a beam from a pump engine which was discovered wedged in the shaft. The shaft was filled by throwing down timber until it jammed then topping with concrete. Sisters' Pit had been mined for coal from 1843 until 1922. Photograph courtesy of Mr. David Leroy.

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Jack Mitchell

Not exactly the safest way to seal a mine shaft, but obviously the CHEAPEST. What happens when the timbers eventually rot. The 18 feet deep referred to, will have been as seen here, other wise the coal would have been mined OPENCAST. Therefore i would suggest that, the shaft was originally 100s of feet deep. Therefore the timbers referred to would have been many feet deep, and to suggest that when the timbers jammed in the shaft,means there was a lot of empty space below. Therefore, an accident waiting to happen. 18-May-10.




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