Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 06/19/2015

Photo taken on June 19, 2015

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Coal Mining
Ebbw Vale
Marine Colliery

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Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale 19 June 2015

Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale 19 June 2015
How green is my valley. From 1893 to 1989, this was a bustling colliery; today, Mother Nature is taking back what was hers. One of a pair of half winding wheels, all that is left to mark the site of the former Marine Colliery.

Marine Colliery was sunk in 1889 by the Ebbw Vale Iron & Steel Company. The downcast shaft was 418 yards deep and the up-cast 414 yards. The first coal was brought up 1893. By 1935 the ownership of the colliery changed to Partridge, Jones & John Paton Ltd. who worked the colliery until Nationalisation in 1947. In the 1970s it merged with Six Bells Colliery, all the coal being processed at the Marine. Following a major investment in 1982, the pit closed down in 1989. It was the last deep pit to shut down in the Ebbw Valley.