Gedling Colliery in 1948

A short two minute documentary (with dramatic music) about our former colliery that has now become Gedling Country Park.

A documentary made in 1948 about Gedling Colliery, one of the deepest pits in the region. The film concentrates on the way the pit has increased its output through the introduction of new technology. The cutting used a Meco-Moore cutter-loader, that conveyed the coal from the face to the sorting plant (weighing it along the way). Sorting still had to be carried out by hand, but instead of physically picking up the coal, it’s now pushed into the correct chutes with the aid of rakes. The commentator compares this with a croupier sorting gambling chips at Monte Carlo casino.

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