Colliery: then & now

Colliery: then & now

Above: A small stile from the Old Macclesfield Road, just on the outskirts of Burbage, leads down to the site of what was once a busy colliery. The inset map dates back to the late 1890s and shows the colliery was already disused at this time. I find it fascinating to...
Goyt colliery

Goyt colliery

Above: It’s difficult to imagine today, but this area was once a busy drift-mining colliery. Coal was unloaded from small canal boats at the head of a drift tunnel in the hillside, just a short distance from this bridge, and loaded onto railway wagons, as...
Goyt’s Moss mines

Goyt’s Moss mines

Above: The best place to see evidence of coal mining around Goyt’s Moss is from a lay-by beside the A54, heading west from Buxton, just before the junction to Congleton. There’s a sign beside a stile warning walkers to take care, but the...
Coal mining in the Goyt

Coal mining in the Goyt

Above: I’ve often wondered about these dark deposits on the exposed hillside beside the road from the Cat & Fiddle to Derbyshire Bridge. It certainly looks like coal, but if it is, why hasn’t anyone carted it away to warm their homes in this exposed...
Castedge Coal Mine

Castedge Coal Mine

Above: Castedge  Mine Manager, Jack Hewitt, pictured in 1922 sitting on one of the coal tubs with his daughter Phyllis. Jack’s wife, Mary stands beside him, with the small mine entrance behind. Information on Castedge Coal Mine is taken from Kevin...