A HISTORY OF HANLEY DEEP COLLIERY

By Jim Worgan


The Colliery was so named because at one time it was the deepest coal mine in North Staffordshire. It was originally sunk in 1854 and by the turn of the century was owned by the Shelton Coal and Iron Co. Ltd. under the 2nd Earl of Granville, Granville George Leveson Gower. The Company was purchased by John Summers of Shotton, North Wales in November 1920.

Following the decision to carry out a major reconstruction scheme at Wolstanton Colliery (see Sneyd Colliery) an underground connection was subsequently made; all coal drawing activities were concentrated at Wolstanton. Coal Winding at Deep Pit ceased in July 1962 and the shafts were filled shortly afterwards. The site is now Hanley Forrest Park and a number of Buildings remain as an Industrial Estate and the last remaining Winding Engine House was demolished as recently as 1994. An explosion occurred on the surface after the shafts had been filled; due I believe to voids being left after the site was over tipped which allowed a large build up of methane. I think that 1 or 2 men were killed.

See also Old Pits By Geoff Mould

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