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Astley Green Colliery Museum, Tyldesley

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4.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is an evocative site and first impressions have the wow factor when you walk into the pit yard faced by the full pit head structure. This is not a sophisticated museum or exhibition by any means ...  read more »
  • Live right near and every time they switch the old engine on it brings everyone on from miles around. Great look back at how mining used to be processed. Well worth a look around 
  • Went here with my 3 year old son who is steam and train mad. The museum is small but there are a lot of old trains and machinery around to look at and it kept him entertained for hours. We were the on...  read more »
  • Enjoyed my visit, lots to see, my dad worked down the pit for a long time, si it was good to visit and see what he did and how hard he must have worked.
  • Well worth a visit
  • Fascinating and run by enthusiastic bunch of former miners who really know their stuff
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