Pleasley Colliery web site
I worked at Pleasley Colliery back in the 1960s, first as an apprentice, then as an underground electrician. As an apprentice on the pit top I spent a fair amount of time in the engine-houses, particularly on the back shifts and grew to love the old steam engines, especially the big Markham engine which moved so smoothly and effortlessly.
Whilst visiting my parents in January 2005, my Dad told me about the restoration work that was going on so I decided to have a walk along and see what was happening.
The last time I was there in the mid 1980s, the downcast shaft had been capped and the old upcast shaft was supplying air for a link with Shirebrook colliery. Things were in a very poor state however. The engines were still in-situ but the roof was missing from one side and the vandals were busy on the other. The rest of the surface buildings had already gone to the knackers yard. Very depressing. Thanks Maggie !!
This time I was amazed at the transformation. I took as many photos as I could and when I got back home and discovered there was no web site I decided to knock one up. So here we go. (JST Jan 2005)
After many subsequent visits during the year I have discoverd much more information especially about the early development of the pit. I became a member of Friends of Pleasley Pit in the summer which gave me access to historical documentation. I’m now trying to assemble this to give a coherent picture of the pit’s development over the years. (JST Dec 2005)
I’ve had access to lots more technical info and photos over the last year which has provided a clearer picture of the early years and corrected several misunderstandings. The site is being updated to reflect this. Further investigation is planned for the next 12 months. (JST Dec 2006)
Membership of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers has given me access to their extensive library and has opened up a new, highly productive seam of information. This is now being mined intensively and is yielding some very interesting data. (JST April 2007)
During the last year, visits have been made to several libraries and county records offices where documentation has been identified which can shed considerable light on the early years and which has the potential of resolving a number of long standing puzzles. References to articles and papers by one of the early colliery Agents, found in journals and mining books from the end of the 19th century, are now offering another avenue of investigation whilst inspection of abandonment plans in the Mines Records offices in Mansfield has shown that a detailed examination of these will be most rewarding. (JST July 2008)