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Posted: 04/08/2015 19:10:23
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Wine from slag heaps:

BBC News wrote:

The slag heaps or "terrils" of northern France, relics of a long-gone mining industry, are being regarded with increasing affection by those who live alongside them - and are turning out to have to some unexpected uses.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33758918



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Posted: 04/08/2015 20:10:06
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I was amazed to see they had been listed by UNESCO.

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Posted: 04/08/2015 20:55:05
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It really gets to me when they refer to them as slag heaps!! Slags are produced by smelting processes - coal mines do not produce slags. They are dirt heaps or some such term.

However, I approve of the vineyards!!

In a serious mode - the French (and others) seem to be far more engaged with remembering their industrial past, and I have greatly enjoyed visiting various coal and metal mining sites over the last few years.
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Posted: 04/08/2015 20:58:55
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Just been a pedant ......... I hate the use of the expression "slag heap" when referring to a colliery "soil heap" (or as more likely in these parts a "spoil bing) Smartass

ChrisJC wrote:

I was amazed to see they had been listed by UNESCO.


UNESCO, mmmm, I must confessed surprise too but local mining communities can get very attached to spoil heaps that become a focus for a community. I can think of a few spoil heaps in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire where mining villages will resist proposals to "reinstate" bings (the conical heap at Pennyvennie Colliery above Dalmellington comes immediately to mind)

That said the magnificent "Five Sister" oil shale bings at Mid Briech in West Lothian are a Scheduled Monument [see http://data.historic-scotland.gov.uk/pls/htmldb/f?p=2300:35:0::NO::P35_SELECTED_MONUMENT:6254 ]

I am not sure if there are any other colliery spoil heaps/bings that are afforded statutory protection in the UK?


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Posted: 04/08/2015 21:02:34
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davetidza wrote:

It really gets to me when they refer to them as slag heaps!!


I quite agree Smile But "You spooooiiillsss" just didn't have the same ring to it Innocent

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Posted: 04/08/2015 22:36:15
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Grumpytramp wrote:

Just been a pedant ......... I hate the use of the expression "slag heap" when referring to a colliery "soil heap" (or as more likely in these parts a "spoil bing) Smartass

ChrisJC wrote:

I was amazed to see they had been listed by UNESCO.


UNESCO, mmmm, I must confessed surprise too but local mining communities can get very attached to spoil heaps that become a focus for a community. I can think of a few spoil heaps in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire where mining villages will resist proposals to "reinstate" bings (the conical heap at Pennyvennie Colliery above Dalmellington comes immediately to mind)

That said the magnificent "Five Sister" oil shale bings at Mid Briech in West Lothian are a Scheduled Monument [see http://data.historic-scotland.gov.uk/pls/htmldb/f?p=2300:35:0::NO::P35_SELECTED_MONUMENT:6254 ]

I am not sure if there are any other colliery spoil heaps/bings that are afforded statutory protection in the UK?




Does Kilton have any statutory protection?
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Posted: 05/08/2015 08:12:33
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Only ever 'em referred to as muck stacks, in West Yorkshire. We still have the odd one but most are long gone...

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Posted: 05/08/2015 09:30:19
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Only ever knew them as tips in Cumberland, the "slag bank" was where the ironworks residue went. But what do you expect from the media where every underground drivage, vertical, inclined or horizontal is a "shaft". IP: 86.128.152.146
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Posted: 05/08/2015 17:54:42
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No, the pointed shale heap at Kilton ironstone mine doesn't have any statutory protection but the landowner is still happy to retain it and discourage access to the site. Unfortunately there is one local councillor who says that the failure to get rid of this tip is his greatest regret in life and uses every opportunity to 'stir it'.

On the plus side the tip is now a Regionally Important Geological Site as one of the few places left where Liassic shales can be admired.

I think it has been part of the landscape so long that local people just accept it particularly as it's out in the open away from housing. However we Guardians of our Mining Heritage are prepared to fight to retain the tip again if necessary!

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