MEMORY LANE: Moorgreen Colliery in its halcyon days

Moorgreen Colliery
Moorgreen Colliery

The Advertiser district was once peppered with collieries that were the lifeblood of local communities.

Sadly that is no longer the case with all the pits having long closed.

But this week we bring you a photograph of Moorgreen Colliery in full swing with smoke pluming from the huge chimeys.

The shafts at the site were originally sunk in 1868 and coal production started in 1871. Coal production reached the landmark of one million tons in 1963.

But there was a gradual reduction in the number of men working the coal seams and the colliery closed in 1985.