CALIFAT COLLIERY - ENGINE HOUSE REMS & HORSE GIN

The remains at Califat Colliery date to the 19th century was believed to have operated a Newcomen pumping engine in the early 18th Century. On site are the remains of the winding engine base and down a short track the remains excavated in 1967 during which a Haystack type of boiler was excavated which is now to be found at Snibston Discovery Park in Coalville. Nearby is also a fabulous and atmospheric representation of a Horse Gin and Head gear typical of early mining. The colliery itself was the scene of a flooding disaster in which three miners, including a 16 year old boy, lost their lives. The site can be accessed with ease and has a nice character all of its own. There is also a stunning Windmill adjacent to the site which opens to the public on occasions.The site is located at NGR SK 412171.

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