Moorgreen: 1865 to 1985

moorgreen PlateIn 1868 Barber Walker and Co sank two shafts at Moorgreen, one producing bright soft coal and one producing hard coal, with output starting around 1871.

At one time there were 1,300 people employed at the colliery and in 1963 production reached an all-time high of one million tonnes. Over the years water was always a problem and during the Eighties a pit nearby (Bentinck) had to bore holes through the seam walls dividing the two pits underground, to release pressure and to pump millions of gallons out via Bentinck Colliery shafts. This had to be achieved to prevent the underground build-up of water getting through the strata in to neighbouring mine workings.