History of the Gwent Collieries

Cwmtillery Colliery – Showing The 3 Shafts

Cwmtillery Colliery – Showing The 3 Shafts.  The Shafts. After the initial sinking of Cwmtillery Collier under the ownership of Mr Thomas Brown Esq in 1842, two other shafts were later sunk under the ownership of Mr John Russell Esq. Mr Thomas Brown. In 1842 the No1 Shaft (upcast) was sunk to the Elled coal seam at 130 yards deep. ... Read More »

Abertillery New Mine – Roseheyworth and Cwmtillery Collieries Shaft Depth Details

Abertillery New Mine – Roseheyworth and Cwmtillery Collieries Shaft Depth Details The both collieries, Roseheyworth and Cwmtillery had always been connected since the Rosesheyworth Colliery was established and sunk in 1874-75. At that time Mr Joseph Wallace (Manager of Cwmtillery Colliery) and Mr Adams (Mining Engineer of Cardiff) drove a connecting tunnel from Cwmtillery to the newly sunk Roseheyworth Colliery ... Read More »

California Colliery Level – Nantyglo.

California Colliery. The California Colliery Level (as seen in the centre of the map from 1920) just opposite the Nantyglo Station was opened by Mr Silvanus Jones Jnr in October 1904. In 1915 the collieries were taken over by Silvanus Jones & Co. (S Jones & Co). In November 1920 it was announced that Mr Silvanus Jones of the Woodlands, ... Read More »

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works & Coke Ovens

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works, Washery & Coke Ovens. Prior to 1911 the Coke Ovens were located in the grounds of Cwmtillery Colliery. Link to the original Coke Ovens at Cwmtillery Colliery The Map (left) shows the area in 1901, about ten years before the By-Product Plant, Washery and Coke Works were constructed. The works would be built in ... Read More »

Mr John. P. Swinburne M.E

Mr John. P. Swinburne M.E. Mr John Swinburne M.E., Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Messrs J. Lancaster Co. Born 1839 in Durham, Mr John Swinburne came to Cardiff in 1884, he worked for the Powell Duffryn Co at New Tredegar and came to Blaina in 1889 to sink the Griffin No3 Colliery and took a prominent part in the sinking ... Read More »

Mr J. P. D. Williams – Blaina Collieries

Mr J. P. D. Williams M.E. – General Manager of the Blaina Collieries. Mr J. P. D. Williams Born in 1834 at Nantyglo. His family lived on the Garn, at the age of 11 he started in the coalmines. His first job was in the “Little Pit” Blaina under his brother-in-law Mr Thomas Lewis the Contractor. He lost both parents ... Read More »

Cwmtillery Colliery – Experiments with Iron Pit Props

Cwmtillery Colliery Experiments with Iron Pit Props. In October 1929 an article in the “Ebbw Vale Works Magazine” stated experiments with Iron Pit-Props conducted at Cwmtillery Colliery had proved successful. The number of Iron Props in use were 12,107 and the number of Flats were 2,177. As a result of the change from Wooden Props to Iron Props the timber ... Read More »

De-Watering Drivage Roseheyworth Colliery

De-Watering Drivage Roseheyworth Colliery. Late 1980 the NCB Authorities had concerns of water affecting the Six Bells Colliery workings and the source was believed to have been underground reservoirs located somewhere under the Arael Mountain between Roseheyworth Colliery and Six Bells. They decided to open a Drivage from Roseheyworth towards Six Bells under the Abertillery Park area to bore a series ... Read More »

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Western Valley’s Brewery Crumlin

Mr David Francis Pritchard – Crumlin. Mr David Francis Pritchard, was born in Llangynidr, Brecknockshire in 1848, the son of Mr Edward and Sarah Pritchard of Llanfrynach, Brecon. In 1880 Mr David F. Pritchard married Mary Durrant Gibbins. Mary Durrant Gibbins was born in Devonshire on 26th July 1852. A short while after they moved to Buchan Terrace, Rhymney and ... Read More »

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