Roseheyworth Original Waste Tip – The Beginning.
This early map shows the start of the Waste Tip build-up from the Roseheyworth Colliery. It shows the Tramway from the colliery down to and over the Railway Lines and onto the tip via a net work of smaller tramlines for the waste to be distributed over the area enabling the waste to be built up over a large area.
This is a brief history of the Roseheyworth Aerial Ropeway and over the next few pages will be maps and images of its build up.
From the start of sinking at the Roseheyworth Colliery in 1874 the waste was dumped on the grounds of the colliery. The waste was taken from the colliery over the railway via a small bridge, the waste was then transported across a close area by the means of temporary tramways which were laid to distribute the waste over a comparatively small area between the colliery and river. This waste tip built up from the South to North via the tramway and over the years ended up with the peaked tip at the top end of the Abertillery Extension, opposite the Glo-Byllau Farm.
In the 1920s the South Griffin Colliery just North of the Roseheyworth Colliery sited at the base of the Arael Mountain behind the Tylers Arms closed. It was shutdown but kept in a good state and in the 1930s was used as a location to film scenes for the film “The Shape Of Things To Come”, by H. G. Wells. In the 1940s-50s the colliery was demolished and the grounds were taken over as a site to tip the waste from Roseheyworth from the newly constructed Coal Preparation Plant, standards were placed up through the route and the flight was installed (as seen in the map with the flight route from the colliery outlined in Blue).
In the early 1970s the N.C.B. in the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster of 1966 tried to make all tips in use stable, or to attempt to stabilise them to prevent another disaster through land sliding. The N.C.B. planned a programme to mix dry Cement in with the waste so the tips would become solid and incapable of any movement, a Cement hopper was built onto the waste chute of the flight building. Roseheyworth Colliery had weekly deliveries from the Blue Star Cement Company.
In the late 1970s the flight was shut down and the dumping of waste was done by a convoy of Volvo Tipper Trucks which ran until the colliery ceased producing coal in late 1985.