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 The pit has been in continuous        
 production since 1862. It is still one
 of the major employers in the         
 town:-(209 male surface workers & 649 
 underground ;8 female surface         
 employees. About 13,000 tons of coal  
 are produced per week from seams as   
 deep as 2,500 ft below surface.Surface
 work ranges from admin staff to       
 control room operator. Underground    
 work ranges from safety dept to coal  
 face workers. The average weekly wage 
 for surface workers is £170:00 and    
 underground workers is £185:00. The   
 accident record for 1985 was 103  a   
 drop of 7 on 1984. There are three    
 shafts and none are disused. The main 
 coal type is bituminous.80% is used by
 CEGB and 20%industial and domestic.   

Map of the area

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