I picked up a really good map recently. It’s a 1:2,500 plot of eastern Chasewater, the Anglesey Basin and Wharf, and the area of south Chasetown and The Triangle. It’s from 1962, and has a tad more information on it than the standard issue – a full range of house names, for instance. Whilst that’s interesting, it wasn’t what caught my eye.
The full map will be available later, but take a look at this fragment for a moment.
It’s reasonably common knowledge that the footings remaining along the canal banks are the remains of a coal conveyancing system for boat loading at Anglesey wharf. I’d never thought much about this until I saw the map above.
The 1962 map shows one remaining conveyor, the second to the west removed. It’s a large structure, with what seems like an outbuilding on the south side. I overlaid this fragment on Google Earth to see for sure.
Zooming in illuminates the conveyor further.
Here’s the question. What did this system look like, what drove it and are there any pictures? The footings are necessarily huge, as the load would have been considerable. Was the southern building an engine or motor house? What was it like to be on a boat when all that coal dropped in? When was the last use of this system?
A drift shaft was dug to Anglesey Wharf from other deep pits to enable easy coal transfer, so it operated late in the mining history. There must be some record of this system. I’ve passed these footings for years without every really considering them.
Come to think of it, someone, somewhere, must have photographed the functioning wharf. It must have been a fine sight, if somewhat dirty and polluted.
So what do we know, folks? BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or comment here. Cheers.