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Gwent Archives
Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D3411

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings

Short Title: Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings

Creation date(s): 1916-1982

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): Gwent Collieries


Administrative/Biographical history: The South Wales coalfield is the largest continuous coalfield in Britain. It extends from Gwent westwards to Pembrokeshire.


Scope and content/abstract: collection of plans and drawings from Abercarn Colliery, 1957-1964; Arrail Griffin (Six Bells) Colliery, 1948-1962; Bedwas Colliery, 1937-1963; Beynon Colliery, 1931-1949; Blaenavon (Big Pit) Colliery, 1929-1964; Britannia Colliery, 1930-1977; North Celynen Colliery, 1930-1957; South Celynen Colliery, 1950-1953; Cwmcarn Colliery, 1930; Cwmtillery Colliery, 1938-1958; Hafodyrynys Colliery, 1920-1963; Markham Colliery, 1932-1956; Newport District sales office and House, 1960-1968; Nine Mile Point Colliery, 1930-1956; Oakdale Navigation Colliery, 1931-1953; Pochin Colliery, 1950-1954; Risca Colliery, 1929-1958; Rose Heyworth Colliery, 1928-1958; Steer Colliery, 1955; Tredegar Colliery, 1959-1973; Waunlwyd Colliery, 1931-1933; Wyllie Colliery, 1924-1965; South Wales area general plans, 1982; including colliery notice boards and plans, 1964; standard drawings, 1943-1962, and surface plans and maps, 1916-1950.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Abercarn Colliery; Arrail Griffin (Six Bells) Colliery; Bedwas Colliery; Beynon Colliery; Blaenavon (Big Pit) Colliery; Britannia Colliery; North Celynen Colliery; South Celynen Colliery; Cwmcarn Colliery; Cwmtillery Colliery; Hafodyrynys Colliery; Markham Colliery; Newport; Nine Mile Point Colliery; Oakdale Navigation Colliery; Pochin Colliery; Risca Colliery; Rose Heyworth Colliery; Steer Colliery; Tredegar Colliery; Waunlwyd Colliery; Wyllie Colliery; South Wales area; Colliery notice boards and plans; standard drawings; surface plans and maps.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: This collection of plans and drawings formed part of a larger collection, which had been held by British Coal's Midland and Wales Group at its Cannock offices, Staffordshire. The plans and drawings relate to surface buildings, mainly pit head baths, and details of fixtures and equipment. They were initially transferred, from British Coal to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Aberystwyth. Following discussions with Welsh County Archivists it was agreed that Gwent Record Office should sort out and list this particular collection and distribute the plans to the appropriate record offices. This collection consists of all plans and drawings relating to Gwent and those drawings which do not relate to any specific locality.Most items are of the period following Nationalisation, but a few drawings relate to the colliery companies w2hich owned the various collieries before the National Coal Board.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Gwent Collieries Plans and Drawings of Surface Buildings; Cornwell, John Collieries of South Wales: 1 & 2 (Ashbourne, 1993); Welsh Coal Mines website ( viewed 22 August 2005.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2005

Coal mines and mining | Wales | Gwent
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Gwent | Designs and plans
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Monmouthshire
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Monmouthshire | Designs and plans

Personal names

Corporate names
Abercarn Colliery
Bedwas Navigation Colliery
Beynons Colliery
Big Pit (Blaenafon, Wales)
Britannia Colliery
Cwmcarn Colliery
Cwmtillery Colliery
Hafodyrynys Colliery
Markham Colliery
Nine Mile Point Colliery
North Celynen Colliery
Oakdale Colliery
Pochin Colliery
Risca Colliery
Roseheyworth Colliery
Six Bells Colliery
South Celynen Colliery
Steer Colliery
Tredegar Colliery
Waunllwyd Colliery
Wyllie Colliery

Gwent (Wales)
Monmouthshire (Wales)

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