The Norton Cannock Colliery Company operated three sites, with shafts being sunk to a depth of 190 yards (174 metres). The company employed 405 men underground and 113 surface workers over all sites, it closed in May 1910, as being unprofitable.
The main and original site is at SJ 990 058, just north of Long Lane, Great Wyrley, and close to the A34 Stafford Road. It was served by a branch of the LNWR railway, and owned a Manning Wardle 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive to haul the coal to the exchange sidings of the South Staffs Line Cannock Branch of the railway.
Today the railway area is overgrown woodland with much gruffy ground and a cutting which possibly represents the remains of a loading area shown on the 1900 map as the top branch of track. The frontage onto the A34 is a chalet and caravan park.
I (RF 2020) have memories of the site from early 1960s when I used to shoot rabbits there. My memory is of a significant spoil mound, we called it “The Mount”. Today completely grassed over and not recognisable as a spoil heap. The shaft and buildings were in a field immediately behind the chalet park, no sign at all now.
We are fortunate to have sight of a painting of the colliery at work, date unknown. This was donated to the Cannock Chase railway Museum and is on their website.
The second largest site is to the south at SJ988 044 was originally the main site of Cannock Lodge pit which Norton Cannock had taken over. (See more description under that site) This was also served by a branch of the railway and probably by the Lord Hays branch of the Essington and Great Wyrley canal.
Today nothing at all remains, just fields. The last vestiges were probably lost during extensive opencast working in the early 1990s.
The smallest site is at SJ994 047 and marked on the 1900 ordnance survey as a”Trial Pit”. Today it’s the site of the Newtown Abattoir.