Blaina/Nantyglo Collieries

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 »

Nantyglo Collieries

Nantyglo Collieries. A portion of Messrs J. & C. Bailey land map showing their Nantyglo Ironworks in the 1870s, The map features some of the collieries (circled clockwise bottom to top) – No6 Stable Pit in the grounds of the round houses; No4 Vydylog Pit; The Force-Forge? Pit; Winches Pit; The Old Winches Pit; The Wain Pit; Milfrain Pit; No2 ... Read More »

Blaina and Nantyglo Collieries and Iron Works

J. & C. Bailey land map mid 1800s. A small portion of a J. & C. Bailey land map mid 1800s showing land leases and just a few of the many collieries. The map features the collieries circled left to right – Glyn Milwr Pit; The Feeder Black Pin Pit; Blaina Red Vein Pit; No8 Flue Pit; J & C ... Read More »

North Blaina Collieries

The North Blaina Collieries. Ffosmaen Colliery. Peggy’s Pit Coalbrookvale Nantyglo. There isn’t a great deal known about this colliery, though it was a deep mine with quite a few men employed there. It was situated close to the Ffosmaen Colliery and on the image can be seen the both collieries and an air-shaft (top right of the image). In 1890 ... Read More »

Coalbrookvale Colliery

Coalbrookvale. The name of Coalbrookvale was an English derivation of Nant-y-glo – Stream of Coal, Coal Brook in the Vale of. The Coalbrookvale Iron Works were set up in the 1820s by Mr George Brewer. Later his son Mr Thomas Llewellyn Brewer took control. Sometime after the 1840s the Coalbrook Deep Pit was sunk, the colliery must have been sunk ... Read More »

Blaina Nantyglo Collieries

Blaina Nantyglo Collieries. Just a few of the collieries in the area. Ffosmaen Colliery, the Old Sun Pit, Trostre Pits and the Coalbrookvale Colliery. The name Trostre is spelt in many different ways on maps over the years. Read More »

Stones Colliery

The Sun Pits – North Blaina Colliery – Stones Pit. There was an old disused shaft on the site prior to 1880 more than probably opened and owned by Messrs Bailey Bros and the mothballed. Some time later the Messrs Stone Brothers Mr John & William Stone took over and renamed it the “New Sun Pit” It was mentioned in ... Read More »

Blaina Collieries

The Stones Colliery. (Information on another page). The Upper Deep Colliery – Cwmcelyn Blaina. This Colliery was located in the Cwmcelyn area and may have been opened by Levick & Simpson. In 1864 a coal cutter was invented by Levick and Jones of Cwmcelyn and exhibited in the Paris Exhibition. Mr James Brown, Mr Thomas Brown also had connections to ... Read More »

North Griffin No1 Colliery

North Griffin No1 Colliery. This deep colliery was situated in West Side Blaina (as seen on the map) more than probably owned and sunk by the Nantyglo and Blaina Company. In 1878 the J. Lancaster Co took it over along with a few other other collieries in the Blaina area. In the late 1800s the West Blaina Red Ash Colliery ... Read More »

Lower Deep Colliery

Lower Deep Colliery. This Colliery was sunk under the ownership of the Nantyglo and Blaina Company along with the Upper Deep Colliery further North. I am not sure of the date of sinkings? In 1878 this colliery along with a few other Blaina pits were taken over by the Lancaster Co. The colliery was linked by surface railway to the ... Read More »

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