Plans of Abernant Colliery

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Plan of the Red Seam in 2 zones, with table of coal reserves (1969), Development and ventilation plan of the Red Vein [1969-70], Abernant Colliery transport capacities (1970).

Administrative / Biographical History

Abernant Colliery, near Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, was one of two new 'super pits' sunk by the National Coal Board in the 1950s in respond to the demand for Welsh Anthracite following the Clean Air Act and the rise in the installation of central heating. The sinking at Abernant was completed in 1958 to a depth of 897 yards, the deepest pits in South Wales Coalfield. The main seam worked was the Red Vein. However, one coalface was lost during the 1984-5 Miners' Strike and with geographical faults on other two coalfaces, production rarely rose above 50% of what was expected. The colliery closed in 1988.

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Acquisition Information

Received in from the South Wales Miners' Library in December 1994.


Finding aid encoded by Julie Anderson June 2003 with reference to The South Wales Coalfield DirectoryVol. 2, (1998 edn.) complied by Ray Lawrence, p48.

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