The Astley Green Colliery Museum is a museum run by the Red Rose Steam Society in Astley near Tyldesley in Greater Manchester, England. (grid reference SJ70509996) Before becoming a museum, the site was a working colliery that produced coal from 1912 to 1970; it is now protected as a Scheduled Monument. The museum occupies a 15-acre (6 ha) site by the Bridgewater Canal which has the only surviving pit headgear and engine house on the Lancashire Coalfield.
Astley Green Colliery exploited deep coal seams of the Manchester Coalfield underneath the peat bog known as Chat Moss, and was driven by the high demand for coal during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the exhaustion of supplies of coal in the Irwell Valley. Shaft sinking began in 1908 by the Pilkington Colliery Company, a subsidiary of the Clifton and Kersley Coal Company, and the pit began production in 1912. In 1928 the colliery was amalgamated with other local collieries to form Manchester Collieries. The mine was modernised when the coal industry was nationalised in 1947. Astley Green Colliery was closed in 1970 and was subsequently opened to the public as a museum.
|Tuesday||1:30 – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||1:30 – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||1:30 – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||1:30 – 5:00 PM|
Graham Scott | Apr 17, 2018
A superb facility which is a tribute to all those who worked underground in its heyday and those working hard to develop a fantastic heritage centre
paul hurst | Jan 20, 2018
Went along to see the winding engine being run, had a great day with my partner and son(6 years old). The place seems to get better every visit and is expanding, train tracks have now been laid around the site by the volunteers ready for ride alongs.
Mike Peterson | Apr 11, 2018
An attraction in its infancy and we'll worth supporting. Don't miss the amazing engine house with its huge engine.
alan keates | Mar 1, 2018
This is a great place to visit check website for opening times. Free entry and free parking. Be caregul with children because this is an open site with much machinery and mining vehicles around. The wheel house is usually open and well worth climbing the steps to see. Excellent place for photographs. Museum in wheel house at the moment whilst museum building is being renovated. Combine a vist here with a visit to City airport.
David Mather | Feb 1, 2018
This place has huge potential as a heritage centre attraction. Lots more to come over the next few years
Mark Stephan | May 23, 2018
A wonderful museum depicting the Lancashire cornfields. A headgear that can be seen for miles. The headgear is in need of urgent repair and donations welcome. The museum boasts what is probably the largest working winding engine in Europe. Well worth a visit.
Ryan Peake | May 21, 2018
Went on the day of the steam festival and it was brilliant. Couldnt have had a better time. Very well organised.
Keith Johnson | May 20, 2018
Fab afternoon, lots to see, steam engines were brilliant, food, beer n ice cream. V. Happy lol
Anne Foster | May 2, 2018
This place is full of history and is run passionately by volunteers. Please support it if you can to save these historical items from the North West mining past.
Michele Coates | Jul 13, 2018
Great engine and headgear. Fantastic work by volunteers many of whom involved previously in the industry. Really worth preservation. 3 teenagers enjoyed it too.
Anne-Marie Southworth | Jun 5, 2018
Lovely day out for the family worth a visit. Be sure to check the website before going to be sure that it is open on the day you wish to visit as isn't open full time. Great to speak to volunteers about the mining museum. You can find out a lot about the history of the museum whilst there
Neil Arrowsmith | Jun 20, 2018
Loved the place. Had a very interesting tour. Top notch
Jennifer Mooney | Jun 10, 2018
Brilliantly run by volunteers. Very interesting. Well worth a visit.
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