Vivian Colliery

The Day The Navy Came to Abertillery

The Day the Navy came to Abertillery – The 1921 miners lock-out Late 1920 early 1921 the UK collieries were still under state control following the Great War, the post war boom in coal exports was over and demand for coal was waning, thousands of miners were to lose their jobs and massive pay cuts were to follow, hundreds of thousands ... Read More »

The Vivian Colliery Waste Tip Fire

The Vivian Colliery Waste Tip Fire. The fire in the waste tip at the Vivian Colliery (as seen in the image) started in about 1892-93. In July 1907 the Gazette Newspaper reported on the fire and said it had been a nuisance over the past years but now after these years it was becoming a health hazard and a put-off ... Read More »

The Vivian Colliery – A Brief History

The Vivian Colliery a brief history. After the sinking of the Vivian Colliery began in 1889 the first coal was wound in the early 1890s. In 1891 the Powell’s Tillery Company who owned the Vivian, Gray and the Penybont Collieries at Abertillery opened their own Brickworks in the grounds of the Vivian Colliery close to the Castle Street/Vivian Street junction. ... Read More »

The Sinking of the Vivian and the Gray Collieries 1889

The Sinking of the Vivian and the Gray Collieries 1889. The Vivian and the Gray Collieries were sunk at the same time under the directorship of the owners Powell’s Tillery Steam Coal Company. Tenders were invited for the sinking in January 1889. The Cutting of the Sod Ceremony. On Tuesday 19th February 1889 the ceremony of “Cutting the Sod” took ... Read More »

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