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aspen colliery coke ovens

aspen colliery coke ovens

HISTORY: Known locally as the "fairy caves" these coke ovens converted the coal from the adjacent aspen colliery into coke for the steelworks as a smokeless fuel. The canal opened in 1810 which brought the coke ovens into use,there was three rows each with 9 ovens, they were not used after 1930, and in 1977 they were scheduled as an ancient monument, however no work has been done to preserve the site and continues to deteriorate. it is located on the leeds to liverpool canal at the church and oswaldtwistle border,the canal was used to transport the coke to steelworks.The ovens themselves are of brick, encased with masonry. The bank nearest the basin is in the best state of preservation. The "fairy caves'' coke ovens in Oswaldtwistle are said to be in danger,"the coke ovens at Aspen Colliery in Oswaldtwistle are suffering from steady deterioration and vandalism".


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