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Can anyone check I have these dates and locations right for Birley West and Birley West collieries ? 
There appears to be contradictory and/or confusing info out there !

Birley colliery branch line 1855 to 1950 (officially closed 1953)

Birley Colliery West - at SK39.8 + 84.3 - 1876 to 1908

Birley Colliery East - at SK42.2 + 84.2 - 1887/90 to 1943, just training from 1944 on, but when did it actually close completely

Is Birleyvale colliery (on my 1903 map at 39.2 + 84.0) a separate mine ? And if so what were its dates and is my location correct ? 

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Thanks for those links, the problem is much of the info on the web about Birley Collieries is a bit contradictory. I was hoping there was someone on here with personal interest in them who may know the actual histories !

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Thanks for that.

Could I just clarify what those site locations mean ?

E.g. Birley East : 980yd . S . 20 degrees E of Woodhouse church 

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S20°E  ⇒  Look South (180°) then turn 20° to the East and you will be on a bearing of 160° (roughly SSE), then proceed 980 yards along that bearing.

N11°E  ⇒  Look North (000°) then turn 11° to the East and you will be on a bearing of 011° (roughly NbE), then proceed 620 yards along that bearing.

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This map shows the location of the mines better. Birleymoor Farm would be located where the community centre is, the farm pond having survived. The unnamed lane just below it with a quarry at the end is Fox Lane, still there.   

Birley Coll Map.jpg

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