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Coalmining was once a major industry in West Cumbria. The Haig Pit Mining Museum Trust preserves the engine house and winding gear at Haig Colliery. The steam winding engines are truly enormous. The engines were made by "BEVER DORLING & CO LTD, BRADFORD: two 21" bore engines (installed 1917) in the north engine house, two 42" bore engines (installed 1933) in the south engine house. The pithead gear probably dates back to 1917" Source National Monuments Register. Listing NGR: NX9672817597

The Haig Pit (& others) suffered terrible disasters. The Haig disasters make awful reading 1922 39 killed, 1927 4 killed, 1928 7 killed, & 1931 27 were killed. At the William Pit in 1947 104 men lost their lives.

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Keywords:coal, coal-mining, coalmining, cumbria, cumbria, disasters, engineering, haig colliery, industrial archaeology, industrial history, lake district, mining, steam engines, victorians, whitehaven

HRS 1772 Haig Pit winding gear

HRS 1772 Haig Pit winding gear

HRS 1789 Haig Pit Buildings and winding gear

HRS 1789 Haig Pit Buildings and winding gear

HRS 1773 Haig Pit winding gear outline

HRS 1773 Haig Pit winding gear outline

HRS 1774 Haig Pit old cage

HRS 1774 Haig Pit old cage

HRS 1775 Haig Pit winding engine

HRS 1775 Haig Pit winding engine

HRS 1776 Haig Pit winding engine NE view

HRS 1776 Haig Pit winding engine NE view

HRS 1777 Haig Pit winding engine NE

HRS 1777 Haig Pit winding engine NE

HRS 1778 Haig Pit winding engine cylinder

HRS 1778 Haig Pit winding engine cylinder

HRS 1779 Haig Pit lighting rack

HRS 1779 Haig Pit lighting rack

HRS 1780 Haig Pit, lamp rack

HRS 1780 Haig Pit, lamp rack

HRS 1781 Haig Pit canary cage

HRS 1781 Haig Pit canary cage

HRS 1782 Whitehaven, Candlestick chimney

HRS 1782 Whitehaven, Candlestick chimney

HRS 1783 Haig Pit winding engines no two

HRS 1783 Haig Pit winding engines no two

HRS 1785 Haig Pit winding engine two Close up

HRS 1785 Haig Pit winding engine two Close up

HRS 1784 Haig Pit winding engine Two

HRS 1784 Haig Pit winding engine Two

HRS 1786 Haig Pit Close up caplamp rack

HRS 1786 Haig Pit Close up caplamp rack

HRS 1787 Haig Pit winding wheel

HRS 1787 Haig Pit winding wheel

HRS 1788 Site of King Pit, Whitehaven

HRS 1788 Site of  King Pit, Whitehaven