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Pleasley pit

I bit of a bumper set of pictues today, by my normal standards at least. All of them made during a walk around Pleasley Pit country park.

The park stands on the site of Pleasly colliery, which operated from the 1870s until 1983. The buildings were saved from demolition and in 1996 designated as an ancient monument. The surrounding land was reclaimed and regenerated into a park and wildlife habitat.

The remaining buildings now operate as a mining museum.

On the day I made these photos my intent wasn’t to visit the museum, but to browse the nearby car-boot sale that operates on Saturday mornings in the hope that there might have been some cameras to be had. Sadly, no cameras were to be seen (apart from some early-noughties digital point-and-shoots in a box on one of the stalls. As I had a my OM-2n with me, I decided to have a walk around the country park and take some pictures of the pit buildings. I only had a 50mm, so some foot-based zooming was required, but it worked out well. The museum wasn’t open this early in the day so I didn’t get to see inside. Perhaps another day.

Down there at Pleasley
A monument to mining
A reminder still

Pit buildings
At the pit head
Hiding
Near the exit
Smokestack once more
Three birds over the pit head
Colliery
Behind the trees
Coal facing
Backlit colliery

Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 12 June 2021

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