Mines group to hear about decline of industry

December 22 2018

Mines group to hear about decline of industry

Enthusiasts of local mining heritage will meet to hear about the industry in South Wales.
The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group has a talk by Steve Grudgings on the last years of coal mining in South Wales.
The event, on Wednesday 23 January at the Miners Institute (Coalpit Heath Village Hall), is at 7:30pm for 8:00pm start.  Non members are welcome at the talk.
 The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) was set up in 2002 by local people keen to understand, record and preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry.
Mining remains cover a vast area from Coalpit Heath and Yate to South Bristol, Easton, Kingswood, Cromhall – and even Filton, where the last mine only closed in 1963 - Harry Stoke Colliery on the site of what is now MoD Abbeywood. 
Most of the mining was for coal, but ochre, celestine, iron, lead and stone were also mined in the area.
The SGMRG has four talks each year, outings in the summer months and working parties at old mining sites.
 For more information on the group:  www.sgmrg.co.uk