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Re: Snowdown Colliery
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2010, 20:23:08 »
Kent miners were also refused Jobs on the Channel Tunnel also.

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Re: Snowdown Colliery
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2010, 19:54:42 »
Kent miners went on strike during WW2, as well.

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010, 09:51:54 »
I think it had a lot to do with WW2 and the Bevan Boys, when coalminers were brought down to the Kent coalfields from the North. My recollection of the Kent coalfields was during the Miners Strike. I was then in the Police and for twelve months we patrolled Tilmanstone, Bettshanger and Snowdown collieries as there was a fear of damage and/or reprisals. 12 hour shifts wandering around grim, black places wishing the time away. In the Winter, we made big fires using many new pit props we found lying around. The cost!   


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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 00:49:02 »
I worked at Bettshanger for a few month in the 70's only contracting for a civil engineering job.
We were building a new loo for the wheel house staff and a road over a slag heapI was amazed by the fact that so many spoke with a northern accents yet were born in Kent, and was due to the fact they lived in a tight community and the generation before had moved here.
One of, if not the Best bunch of blokes I ever worked for.

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 19:12:33 »
This is a wider view of the shaft capping. As you can see all you need is a manhole key for the nine covers...And 3/4 of a mile of rope!
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 22:11:49 »
Shaft No.1

Shaft No.2

Shaft No.3
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Re: Snowdown Colliery
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 21:53:05 »
Snowdown colliery i believe was the last colliery to be filled in. The square shaped building i believe was the winding shed for shaft 2 and shaft 1 was behind the long building.


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Snowdown Colliery
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 20:49:34 »
Stopped of at Snowdown Colliery whilst out today. This place is so photogenic in this winter light so sorry for all the pictures.
Here's a bit of info from the Dover council website and a photo of what it looked like in 1986

The Colliery, situated alongside the main Dover to Canterbury railway line, near to Ackolt which lies between Womenswold and Nonninton, was begun by Arthur Burr's Foncage Syndicate in 1907, and the first sod was cut by Mrs Weston Plumptree. The first shaft at Snowdown hit water at 260 ft and flooded and 22 men were drowned. There were few sinking problems after this and Snowdown became the first commercial pit in Kent, and the first coal was brought to the surface from a depth of 1370ft, on 19th November, 1912. In January 1913 the "Beresford" seam was reached, and at 5" 6" thick it enabled 800 tons per week to be mined.

Due to an act of Parliament in 1920, the Emergency Powers Bill, which temporarily increased wages for six months, in 1921 miners at Snowdown went on strike over the ensuing reduced pay and the company went into receivership.

They closed the colliery in 1922 but maintained pumping operations so it could be sold as a working mine. The colliery was mothballed for almost two years before it was purchased in 1924 by Pearson & Dorman Long who had started a new colliery at Betteshanger.

Pearson & Dorman Long completely modernised the colliery, scrapping the old steam winding plant and installing a powerful electric one. They then purchased a 600 acre site and a Public Utility Society, Aylesham Tenants Ltd., built Aylesham village nearby to house 650 families. Prior to this, most of the Snowdown miners had lived in Dover.

Snowdown was the deepest colliery in Kent reaching well over 3,000 ft (915 metres). It was also the hottest and most humid pit in Kent and was given the name 'Dante's Inferno' by the miners. Regarded by many as the worst pit to work at in Britain, most Snowdown miners worked naked because clothes became too uncomfortable. The miners could consume around 24 pints (14 lires) of water in an 8-hour shift. There were frequent cases of heat stroke.

Snowdown closed in 1987.

Shot of the colliery taken from this bridge:


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