Oldwood Pits in Rangeworthy open for Heritage Open Day tours
10:00am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A HISTORIC mining pit in Rangeworthy is being opened up to the public next weekend as part of South Gloucestershire Council’s heritage open days.
Oldwood Pits, on Tanhouse Lane, will be open for tours onSaturday, September 14 (2-5pm) and Sunday, September 15 (11am-3.30pm) with half-hourly tours around the site led by members of the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group.
When Oldwood Pit coal mine flooded at the end of the nineteenth century, it was abandoned by the coal miners who worked there, but what they left behind gives an insight into the conditions they worked in.
The history of the site will be explained to visitors, both on guided tours of the site and in a variety of displays of information and artefacts. The tours are all above ground but the ground is uneven and can be muddy, so sensible footwear is advisable.
Refreshments will also be available. For further information call 01454 228160 or visit www.sgmrg.co.uk/oldwood
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