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Chasewater Railway Museum – More from Granville

Chasewater Railway Museum

More from Granville

The first one is a wagon label from the Burton-on-Trent Glanville Colliery, dated 1913.  It has been in our collection for some years now and has always been discoloured – and obviously kept on a spike in an office somewhere!


The other one is a colliery token from Granville Colliery  in Shropshire.  Granville Pit closed in 1979, bringing to an end more than 700 years of coal mining in the area which became Telford New Town in the 1960s.  This was purchased by the Museum in 2012.

Granvill Salop 545

Chasewater Railway Museum – A Small Addition

Chasewater Railway Museum 

A Small Addition


A small addition to the Museum collection of coal miners’ pit checks is a pre-nationalisation of the coal industry example from the Granville Colliery Ltd.

The unusual thing about this particular item is, along with the Company name, it shows the location of Burton-on-Trent, whereas the real site of the Colliery was a few miles away at Swadlincote.

The first shaft was sunk in 1823/4 with number 2 shaft sunk in 1887. The earliest locomotives were six 0-4-0 saddle tanks of Hudswell Clark manufacture from the period 1890-1914.

On Nationalisation 1/1/1947, Granville became part of the NCB East Midlands Division No.7 Area and by then only two of the original locomotives remained. For short periods and at different times these two were supplemented/replaced by four Manning Wardle 0-4-0 saddle tanks, a Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank, and finally a Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel of 165 horsepower.

Rail traffic ceased in January, 1962 and workings were merged with Rawdon Colliery. Final closure came in August, 1968.