Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Snowdown Colliery Admin Building, Snowdon, Kent - February 2013

After checking back out of rehab and nipping via a shop for a bite to eat, we made our way down to Snowdown, and parked up at the old Working Men's Club, itself a bit of a derp. With minimal fuss (well... I did get my coat caught for a while and needed some help...) we were into the colliery site, but soon found that the powers that be, at some point or another, had been around and done a good job of bricking up the remaining buildings, of which there were many. Never one to take that many external photos, I didn't get photos of them, but they were all pretty big. We were able to climb up one to check out whether it was worth going in, but it was pretty overgrown on the inside, and didn't look too appealing. The Admin Building was open, however, so we made our way in. 

This is what the site looked like originally, or at least in 1986, before it closed:

The tall machinery is long gone, but the brick buildings remain, as do the rails where it used to link up with the Dover-Canterbury line that runs beside it.

 Some history:

Snowdown was the deepest colliery in Kent reaching well over 3,000 ft (915 metres). It was also the hottest and most humid pit in Kent and was given the name 'Dante's Inferno' by the miners. Regarded by many as the worst pit to work at in Britain, most Snowdown miners worked naked because clothes became too uncomfortable. The miners could consume around 24 pints (14 lires) of water in an 8-hour shift. There were frequent cases of heat stroke. 
(Information from http://www.dover.gov.uk/kentcoal/exh...n/snowdown.asp) 

Buring the 1980s/90's when the channel tunnel was constructed, Snowdown colliery was used to dump a lot of the spoil from the tunnel borings. It's location right next to the mainline railway, and vast amount of land attached to the colliery made it an ideal location.

The admin building wasn't in a good way really, one section had burnt down, the other was missing half of its staircase. 

Most of these photos were taken from upstairs. Downstairs there was the safe, the shirt, and some old employment contracts just casually left about too.

I ended up messing around with light in the end, turned out alright.

Unfortunately it looks like we got to Snowdown 10 or 15 years late. Whilst you can still have a look around the Admin building with some reminders of what the site used to be for, there is much left, quite frankly. 

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