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Demolition of Liverton Mine Chimney

Chimney-a-1.

We have another copy of the demolition of the chimney at Liverton Mine, which gives the date of the event as Tuesday 24th August 1926. But it is interesting to compare the quality of the two images; our original  ’Liverton Mine’ is of much poorer quality!
Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection.

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine around 1900. The round housing for the Guibal Mine Ventilating Fan is in the centre of the photo. The tall steam hoist for raising wagons to the kilns is towards the left. One of the pylons for the aerial ropeway to the shale tip is towards the front of the photo with a bucket on its way to the tip.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Landscaping Begins

Landscaping Begins

A bulldozer on top, levels Liverton Mine shale heap. Can our knowledgeable viewers will tell us the year this happened?. Karl Dale advises: ”I think it was flattened in 1984/1985, my dad is the one on the bulldozer”.
Image courtesy Eric Johnson and thanks to Karl Dale for the update..

Last Winter view

Last Winter view

The last winter view, before Liverton Mines shale heap was altered forever.
Image courtesy Eric Johnson.

Liverton Mine Shale Heap

Liverton Mine Shale Heap

Liverton Mines shale heap, photograph taken from Kiltonthorpe, the summer before it was reduced in height and landscaped.
Photo courtesy Eric Johnson.

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine

A Skilbeck postcard of Liverton Mine, sunk by the New London Company about 1871  and closing in 1923, the eventual owners were Cargo Fleet Iron Co. Southbank. This answers the question, why Liverton Mines was often referred to as New London.

Liverton Mines Pit

Liverton Mines Pit

Thanks to Joe Ward for this photo of the remains of Liverton Mines Pit.  Has it been taken from the shale tips?  I can see the lower end of Graham Street and of Downe Street.  Loftus is in the background at the other side of the valley.  When was it taken?

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine

A rather good shot of Liverton Mine, waiting for someone out there to tell me where it was taken from.

(photo courtesy of Mike Holliday)

Liverton Mine

As the caption on the photograph says – Liverton Mines chimney stack felled on Tuesday 24th August 1926 – obviously a well attended event. Nowadays ‘elf and safety’ would have a field day!!

Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection, the Pem Holliday Collection and others.

Liverton Mine

Liverton works, with the spray bars in the right-foreground, this was actually part of the Liverton ironstone mine. Graham Suggett asked: “My grandfather worked at the Liverton Mines pit until it closed. He lived at Graham Street (note my given name). He kept ducks on the reservoir. Presumably the reservoir fed the spray bars. Please, what were the spray bars used for?” Simon Chapman advised: ”The water spray in the reservoir did two things: it was the exhaust steam from the engines so it was condensed back to water which also warmed up the water in the reservoir before it was pumped into the boilers. This was part of an extensive modernisation scheme at the mine about 1903 to make the place more efficient” Graham also added: “How ingenious and energy conscious those miners were. My grandfather, Harry Brown, operated the hoist until the mine closed and he retired.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others; also thanks to Graham Suggett and to Simon Chapman for the updates.