Fordell Colliery, Alice Pit

Colliery, Training Centre

Site Name Fordell Colliery, Alice Pit

Classification Colliery, Training Centre

Alternative Name(s) Alice (no.1) Pit; William (no.2) Pit; Lady Anne (no.3) Pit

Canmore ID 131059

Site Number NT19SE 32

NGR NT 1583 9013

NGR Description Centred NT 1583 9013

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Aberdour (dunfermline)
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Dunfermline
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT19SE 32.00 centred 1583 9013

NT19SE 32.01 1587 9012 Alice Pit (Engineering Training Centre)

See also NT18NE 60.

(Location cited as centred on NT 1584 9013). FORDELL

Location: Crossgates

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.


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