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West Bretton

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    • Day81

      National Coal Mining Museum of England

      August 12 in England ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      The National Coal Mining Museum is on the site of Caphouse Colliery (the name for the mine and associated buildings) which was worked from the 1700s until it closed in 1985. It reopened as a museum in 1988, to tell the story of coal mining in England, which actually began as surface mining in the 1400s.

      We went down the 460 ft. mineshaft the underground tour. It was very sobering to hear of the difficult working conditions that whole families experienced during 1800s. Men would do the mining, often while kneeling or side-lying. Women and older children would pull and push the carts of coal. When they signaled, young children waiting in the dark outside the trap door would open the door to allow the cart to be pushed through into the larger tunnel.

      In 1842, Parliament passed a law against underground work for boys under age 10 and women of any age. After the law was passed, ponies and horses were used for that work.
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    • Day9

      Yorkshire day 6

      February 7 in England ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Yorkshire adventure day 6
      Walked Sam up to an disused colliery outside of Elsecar this morning. Looks like it’s been turned into a private residence then back to the van for breakfast before heading off
      back to the outskirts of Doncaster as I’d missed monk Bretton priory that was on the list of places to go and as it was a nice day it was perfect for the drone. As it was quite and empty I took the opportunity to open up the van and air it out whilst I had lunch and Sam layer in the sun on the grass. This afternoon I moved up county to near Huddersfield and visited the Yorkshire sculpture park. £6 to get in and park and a great day out but if you park down the road in the village hall and use the public footpath that just so happens to cut across the sculpture park it’s free.
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    • Day11

      Yorkshire coal mine museum

      February 9 in England ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      After a windy night rocking the van on the hill top viewpoint I woke up to a overcast view of the towers I visited yesterday but it soon cleared up and me and Sam headed out for a walk.
      After taking a few footpaths and 3 miles later I’d not found anything interesting!
      Other than I couple of small rock faces I could do some easy bouldering on So Crossed the border to West Yorkshire. visiting the Yorkshire coal mine museum. Dog friendly Free to enter and walk round
      (for the most part as you can pay to go down the pit )
      I spent most of the day walking the grounds chatting to some old miners who still work on it and taking in a miners life. I’d checked my sunset app and 79% chance of a nice sunset so off to the castle at Sandal to see what I could capture.
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