Roseheyworth Colliery original Waste Tip

Roseheyworth Colliery original Waste Tip

Roseheyworth Colliery original Waste Tip.
An image of the original Waste Tip of the colliery at its height in relation to the valley.

Points of interest
– The image (taken in about 1930-1940) shows the Abertillery Rugby Grounds in the foreground with the colliery Waste Tip dominant in the valley. Behind the tip are the derelict out-buildings of the South Griffin Colliery with a chimney stack. To the right is Roseheyworth Colliery and the tramway from the pit spanning the railway lines to the tip can easily be seen. Far right is the County School playing fields.

The playing fields were built on a Council owned household Rubbish Tip. Tipping of household rubbish had only ceased in the late 1920s and the Council utilised the ground for the County School playing grounds. Up through the valley was the main Railway Lines which is now the A467. The School playing fields were wider on this image as to what they are today. They were made narrower in 1987 during the construction of the new main road when it was necessary to take ground for the widening of the land to lay the A467. The road took the route of the railway lines up to the colliery and then slightly deviated to the west, then just before the houses at Bournville the route went back to the railway line. On maps the railway lines occupied a line that went over the the ground where the Industrial Units are today. I believe it was to straighten the line of the road around the County Grounds.

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