What Is 'ACL'?
Maypole Colliery Disaster 1908
Maypole Colliery Today
Pit Or Pole?
Abram Morris Dancers
Morris and Maypole
Morris Dancers Ground
Maypole Colliery Disaster Memorial
Books About Abram
Abram Pace Eggers
Abram Morris Dancers Photo Gallery 2001
Abram in 1869
Coal Mining in & around Abram
Abram Morris Dancers Photo Gallery 1999
Abram Charities c1830
Late Victorian Abram
Party In The Park 2002
Abram Morris Dancers 2003
Contact Information for Abram Community Link
Links for Abram Community Link
Maypole Colliery As It Is Now
If you follow local signs to the Maypole Industrial Estate, you will track down the remains of the Maypole Colliery. This is the junction of Park Lane and Warrington Road.
Approaching The Maypole Industrial Estate
|After passing the modern houses on Park Lane, you reach an area that is a mixture of countryside and industrial dereliction. The entrance to the Maypole Industrial Estate is to the left of the picture, whereas a little further along the road is the Morris Dancers Ground.|
|The chimney of the former colliery is one of the most prominent landmarks in the area. It can be seen from the main West Coast railway when travelling between Wigan and Warrington.|
Remember The Dead
|Only a small minority of the 75 dead were recovered from the mine. Unfortunately there is no memorial at the site of the disaster itself, but one was erected in the churchyard.|
|These photographs were taken around the beginning of the 21st Century. Let us not forget that in just a few years' time - 2008 - it will be the centenary of the Maypole Colliery Disaster.|
A Working Industrial Estate
|Maypole Industrial Estate is not a museum to our industrial past, but is a working employment area providing jobs for the people of Abram. I was able to wander around one afternoon, but guided tours are not usually available.|
More Industrial Heritage
|Though the buildings are derelict in some cases, I hope they can be retained for the future so that Abram's past will be remembered.|
Not A Pretty Sight
|Much effort would be required to clean up the former colliery.|
Another View of the Chimney
|Fortunately this is one that Fred Dibnah has not got at. It would be a shame to see it go.|
Hands Off, Fred!
|One local told me that Fred had been to examine the chimney. My hope is that he had come to admire it rather than to quote a price for bringing it down.|
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