Created 21-Dec-11
Modified 12-Apr-15
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The ancient lost landscape of Cockey Moor.
The Cockey Moor coalfield near Ainsworth is a relatively unknown coalfield possibly dating back into the medieval period. There was extensive 'ladder-pit' shallow mining in the 18th century and further mining in the 19th. In the 1790s a tunnel was constructed almost 200 feet feet down to drain water away from not just the Cockey Moor coalfield, but other newer deeper mines. The tunnel known as the Cockey Moor Culvert or sough runs over 2 miles under Radcliffe emerging on the riverside at Mount Sion, in the Irwell Gorge. Click here to access the satellite image and also the photographs via the tabs on the image. http:/​/​g.​co/​maps/​a9ddc

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Keywords:ainsworth, archaeology, bury, coal mining, coal-mining, coalmining, cockey moor, cockey moor culvert, earl grey de wilton, lancashire, local history, lost coalfields, lost landscapes, mine drainage, radcliffe, soughs, starling, victorians

HRS 1714 Cockey Moor coalfield North view of whim pit

HRS 1714 Cockey Moor coalfield North view of whim pit

HRS 1703 Cockey Moor coalfield looking N 2005

HRS 1703 Cockey Moor coalfield looking N 2005

HRS 1702 Cockey Moor coalfield 2005

HRS 1702 Cockey Moor coalfield 2005

HRS 1704 Cockey Moor coalfield track North 2005

HRS 1704 Cockey Moor coalfield track North 2005

HRS 1705 Cockey Moor coalfield SE

HRS 1705 Cockey Moor coalfield SE

HRS 1706 Cockey Moor Coalfield view east

HRS 1706 Cockey Moor Coalfield view east

HRS 1707 Cockey Moor coalfield suspect horse-whim

HRS 1707 Cockey Moor coalfield suspect horse-whim

HRS 1708 Cockey Moor coalfield workings

HRS 1708 Cockey Moor coalfield workings

HRS 1709 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site 2005

HRS 1709 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site 2005

HRS 1710 Cockey Moor coalfield - markings

HRS 1710 Cockey Moor coalfield - markings

HRS 1711 Cockey Moor coalfield coal samples

HRS 1711 Cockey Moor coalfield coal samples

HRS 1712 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site

HRS 1712 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site

HRS 1713 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site with pond

HRS 1713 Cockey Moor coalfield horse whim site with pond

HRS 2003 Radcliffe Cockey Moor Culvert Mount Sion Wks 1970s

HRS 2003 Radcliffe Cockey Moor Culvert Mount Sion Wks 1970s

HRS 2002 Access shaft Cockey Moor Culvert c1980s Mt Sion

HRS 2002 Access shaft Cockey Moor Culvert c1980s Mt Sion

Cockey Moor culvert 2015

Cockey Moor culvert 2015