Astley Green Colliery Museum, Tyldesley

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The Astley Green Colliery Museum is a museum run by the Red Rose Steam Society in Astley near Tyldesley in Greater Manchester, England. Before becoming a museum, the site was a working colliery that produced coal from 1912 to 1970; it is now protected as a Scheduled Monument. The museum occupies a 15acre site by the Bridgewater Canal which has the only surviving pit headgear and engine house on the Lancashire Coalfield.HistoryAstley Green Colliery exploited deep coal seams of the Manchester Coalfield underneath the peat bog known as Chat Moss, and was driven by the high demand for coal during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the exhaustion of supplies of coal in the Irwell Valley. Shaft sinking began in 1908 by the Pilkington Colliery Company, a subsidiary of the Clifton and Kersley Coal Company, and the pit began production in 1912. In 1928 the colliery was amalgamated with other local collieries to form Manchester Collieries. The mine was modernised when the coal industry was nationalised in 1947. Astley Green Colliery was closed in 1970 and was subsequently opened to the public as a museum.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Took the kids here to learn about mining. You need a good couple of hours to look around also pick a day when you can see machinery working.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Good place to wander around & to view the original Winding house engine, even better to visit it when it's running, the volunteers are informative & helpful, needs a bit of investment to make it more ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    The winding house steam engines are awesome, check on line for when they are due to be run (on compressed air) the museum building is small but well worth a visit, the rest of the site is a work in pr...  more »
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  • Run by friendly knowledgeable volunteers, its a great place to wander about in for an hour or so. Lots of gems from the local past. Have a chat to someone there & they'll show you something interesting or tell you a great tale. Lots of things go on in the summer, in the winter it's repair, maintenance & hardcore visitors only.
  • This place is a hidden gem and well worth a look. Shows the history of mining in the area. The steam engines in the winding house are seriously impressive.
  • Loads of industrial history to have a look around. Miniature railway, museum, engine house, cafe - currently undergoing a revitalisation so it'll be better and better - the volunteers really make it come to life
  • The steam exhibits are a labour of love for industrious retro engineers for miles around!
  • It's is an excellent part of local coal mining history.

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