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Leicestershire Coal: 1. Desford
The walk is the first to venture out with the Scottish Coal Field and south of the border to explore the site of Desford Colliery, in the Hinckley and Bosworth District of northwest Leicestershire. The mine which was originally sunk in 1900 operated for 84 years before closure. The surface buildings along with the associated housing have been demolished and the site has been remediated and repurposed and is now public open space. The route (which is in the early stages of planning) will tell the story of the pit using ‘a before and after’ interpretation of the site together with the surviving landscape features. It will be designed and created in collaboration with the Coal Mining in Leicestershire project.
Given the strong linkages between the production of bricks and the coal industry and drawing on support from brick collector Mark Cranston of Scottish brick history.co.uk we will be exploring the possibility of incorporating sites of brick manufacturing either into the existing trails or as standalone routes.
We are also looking forward to collaborating with Great Place Falkirk, Dollar Community Development Trust, and the Brora Salt Pans Research Group/Clyne Heritage in the future.
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