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Dumbreck Colliery, Dumbreck Coke Ovens

Coke Oven (Period Unassigned), Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dumbreck Colliery, Dumbreck Coke Ovens

Classification Coke Oven (Period Unassigned), Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 132559

Site Number NS77NW 59

NGR NS 7015 7759

NGR Description Centred NS 7015 7759

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council North Lanarkshire
  • Parish Kilsyth (North Lanarkshire)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumbernauld And Kilsyth
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS77NW 59 centred 7015 7759

DUMBRECK Colliery

Location: Kilsyth

Previous Owners: William Baird & Company, later Bairds & Scottish Steel Limited

Types of Coal: Manufacturing, Coking, House and Steam

Sinking/Production Commenced: 1887

Year Closed: 1963

Average Workforce: 575

Peak Workforce: 669

Peak Year: 1947

Shaft/Mine Details: 3 shafts, No. 1 412m (NS 7015 7759), No. 2 411m (NS 7015 7757), and No. 3 243m deep (emergency shaft, NS 7018 7758, originally ironstone)

Details in 1948: Output 680 tons per day, 183,600 tons per annum. 644 employees. Coppee Baum-type washer [mechanical [equipment for the wet cleaning of coal]. Baths under construction (completed 1950), canteen, first-aid room. 90% electricity supply from Clyde Valley. Report dated 19-08-1948.

Other Details: Said to have had one of Scotland's first electrically-powered underground haulage and pumping plants in 1893, situated off No. 2 shaft. Famous for its coking coal, and had own coke ovens (upgraded in 1938). Retained by National Coal Board (NCB) after vesting because of its high-quality coal. Also remembered because of the tragedy of 1938 when eight men died after being overcome by smoke and fumes.

M K Oglethorpe 2006.

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