MAERDY COLLIERY;MARDY COLLIERY

Site Details



NPRN
33505
Map Reference
SS99NE
Grid Reference
SS9640099800
Unitary (Local) Authority
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff
Old County
Glamorgan
Community
Maerdy
Type of Site
COAL MINE
Broad Class
Industrial
Period
Modern;20th Century

Site Description

In 1947 the coal industry was nationalised; two years later the National Coal Board announced the complete rebuilding of Maerdy Collieries No.3 and No.4 Pits (nprn 80553), near the head of Cwm Rhondda-fach. The mine had closed in 1940 and was lying derelict.
The rebuilding swept away most traces of the original structures but provided an all-electric state-of-the-art colliery with new winder houses, coal preparation plant, administrative offices, a canteen, pithead baths and medical centre. Developments underground included new roadways to link with Bwllfa Colliery (nprn 85002) in the Cynon Valley.
The site of Maerdy Collieries Nos.1 and No.2 Pits (nprn 80554) had been retained for railway sidings in connection with Nos.3 and 4 Pits and continued in use to serve the new Colliery.
The last coal was raised at Mardy Colliery in 1986 although coal continued to be mined and brought to the surface at Tower Drift Mine (nprn 91587), with which it was linked underground. Mardy closed in 1990 and the site has since been demolished and cleared.
B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 20 January 2009.

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