Fordell Colliery, Alice Pit
Colliery, Training Centre
- Council Fife
- Parish Aberdour (dunfermline)
- Former Region Fife
- Former District Dunfermline
- Former County Fife
NT19SE 32.00 centred 1583 9013
NT19SE 32.01 1587 9012 Alice Pit (Engineering Training Centre)
(Location cited as centred on NT 1584 9013). FORDELL
Previous Owners: Earl of Buckinghamshire
Types of Coal: Gas, House and Steam
Sinking/Production Commenced: 1750
Year Closed: 1966
Year Abandoned: 1970
Average Workforce: 509
Peak Workforce: 622
Peak Year: 1959
Shaft/Mine Details: 3 shafts, No. 1 (Alice Pit, NT 1583 9013) 174m, in production by 1894. No. 2 (William Pit, NT 1602 8951) 128m dated from 1843, No. 3 (Lady Anne Pit, NT 1595 8910) 69m deep. Henderson Mine was a drift begun in 1946 and opened in 1948.
Details in 1948: Output 540 tons per day, 145,800 tons per annum. 464 employees. Snack canteen, first-aid room, electricity bought from former Fife Electric Power Company, some steam also used. Report dated 11-08-1948.
Other Details: Situated on the edge of the Cowdenbeath coalfield, and associated with Sir Robert Henderson's wooden wagonway to St David's Harbour, one of the earliest railways in Scotland.
M K Oglethorpe 2006.