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Coal




Coal - March - Dimples Quarry and Ponden Clough


Coal

Although the Coal Measures proper lie a little further east around Denholme there are thin coal seams in the Millstone grits of Haworth and Stanbury. They are no more than a foot or so thick but they were mined in a number of places in the nineteenth century. Stanbury Board School records:

25th September 1918
Mr E Whitton Booth, the coal controller for the whole of the West Riding, Mr Kidd (controller for Oakworth U. D.) & Mr John Clegg (Morley). They had been on to the moors to see what prospect of fuel there were in the peat deposits there.

In the upper photograph a very thin coal "smut" is being cleared of the shale debris which normally covers it at Dimples Quarry.

The lower picture shows a similar thin coal with the associated seat earth in Ponden Clough. The seat earth is a clay like material formed from the soil in which the coal measure plants grew. It is used for making fire bricks and other heat resistant materials.




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