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Bloxwich Colliery Coal Colliery (United Kingdom)


Two sites are recorded, the nos 1 at SJ 987 016 and no 2 plants, with the latter probably being north of Hatherton Brick Works. However the main site is undoubtedly the no 1 north of Willenhall Lane and east of the ubiquitous Wyrley and Essington canal.
The colliery was worked by a succession of companies from 1869 to 1915, and then spasmodically up to 1928. After 1911 it was worked by the same company as the neighbouring Wood Farm colliery to the west, the other side of the western branch of the canal.
The main no 1 shaft was of a large diameter about 15 feet and could handle two cages. It was conveniently places right next to the canal and just south of the Sneyd canal basin.
In June 1915 a huge deluge overwhelmed the canal sluices and water poured down the shafts flooding all the workings to an extent that the pumps could not handle. This effectively put paid to the Bloxwich Colliery Company Ltd which was forces into liquidation.
An interesting aside is that after the war the land passed into the ownership of a local ‘character’ Mr ‘Oily’ Gough, I remember him well from the early 1960s. He lived in a wooden chalet behind the first pool looking north from Willenhall lane and was known for the yellow Rolls Royce shooting brake of probable 1930s vintage that he drove. Describing himself as an “oil dealer” he always wore a white suit liberally smeared with oil stains. A white shirt, white hat, and black string tie completed his outfit. His male companion never spoke and was described as having lost a lot of his faculties after being tortured by the Japanese in the Second World War. I suspect that the Rolls was rebuilt with the wooden back onto an old chassis, and that his “oil dealing” mainly involved being paid to dispose of waste oil from local garages, into his land somewhere.
After he passed on the land eventually went into the hands of the local authority who keep it as “Oily Goughs Nature Reserve”, just a pleasant area of scrubland with nothing to see of its mining past, bar a few spoil heaps in the trees at the back.

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Bloxwich Colliery Coal Colliery belongs to the Staffordshire region.

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