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Industrial History of Marple

Coal mining in Marple and Mellor

The availability of coal in the area was instrumental in attracting many of the mills to the area. Although it was difficult to mine it provided work for many men of the district (and before 1842 to many women and children as well). However, the coming of the railways brought cheap coal to the mills from Yorkshire and spelt the death knell for many local pits although some mining carried on until 1982.

Author: Derek Brumhead

Published:  Marple Local History Society  September 2012.

A4 book  42 pages  54 illustrations.

Price £6

ISBN 978-0-9540582-3-4

Chapters

  • Local geology - How and why the coal was formed in this area
  • Coal mining - How the coal was mined and the conditions for the miners underground.
  • Eastern coal mines - The mines on Mellor Moor. How they were mined, who was involved and why they were closed.
  • Central coal mines - The mines in Marple, Marple Bridge and Compstall. How they were mined, who was involved and why they were closed.
  • Northern coal mines - The mines on Ludworth Moor. How they were mined, who was involved and why they were closed.