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Carringtons Coppice Opencast Colliery JLP01_08_001293

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Carringtons Coppice Opencast Colliery JLP01_08_001293

CARRINGTONs COPPICE OPENCAST COLLIERY, SMALLEY, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE. A small team of men at work in the opencast mine at Carringtons Coppice as an excavator looms overhead.
John Laing and Son Ltd had started opencast mining operations in 1942 to meet wartime needs. The work was expanded by the company after the war. Carringtons Coppice was the largest site that the company worked and was the deepest opencast site in Britain. Work started in 1947 and by 1949 the seam was worked out after 523, 623 tons of coal had been extracted from the site. By August 1950 the land was reinstated for agricultural use. this photograph was published in October 1949 in the Laing monthly newsletter Team Spirit

Media ID 23838218

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1940s Coal Excavator Mine


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