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Fauldhead Colliery

Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Fauldhead Colliery

Classification Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Fauldhead 1 And 3

Canmore ID 130827

Site Number NS71SW 27

NGR NS 7323 1237

NGR Description Centred NS 7323 1237

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkconnel
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NS71SW 27 7323 1237

FAULDHEAD Colliery (1 and 3)

Location: Kirkconnel

Previous Owners: J I McConnell Esq., Sanquhar & Kirkonnel Collieries Limited from 1903, Bairds & Dalmellington Limited from 1931.

Types of Coal: House, Manufacturing, Coking and Steam

Sinking/Production Commenced: 1896 and 1911

Year Closed: 1968

Year Abandoned: 1968

Average Workforce: 1,018

Peak Workforce: 1,155

Peak Year: 1949

Shaft/Mine Details: Previously 4 shafts, two at 55m and two at 137m, but latterly only Nos. 1 & 3, and a drift mine.

Details in 1948: Output 989 tons per day, 267,850 tons per annum. Stoop and room and longwall working. 1,028 employees. 6 screens for dry coal, jig (Luhrig) and jig (Dickson and Mann) washers. Baths (1933) with 960 lockers. Canteen (packed meals). Ambulance station. Steam and electricity (0.4% public supply). Report dated 09-08-1948.

Other Details: Operated by Sanquhar & Kirkconnel Coal Company from 1903, and William Baird from 1925 (later Bairds & Dalmellington Limited). Associated brickworks operated from 1912 until the 1970s.

M K Oglethorpe 2006.


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