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The South Staffordshire coal fields played an important part and shaped Gornal history, many folk were engaged in mining in one form or another.
Around Gornal, the coal seams were near to the surface and some mining was opencast or walk-down shafts.
Many of the shallower coal seams in the area were depleted and closed and others became less profitable by the 1920s.
A group of miners c1920, at an unknown local pit?
Wooden winding gear and a small group suggests a small pit?
Many of the smaller workings were leased from The Earl of Dudley, who owned much of land and mineral rights in the area, generally the coal seams ran near to the surface in many places and were easily got, however flooding was common.
The problems with flooding with water often causing the workings to be abandoned.
1839: Newspaper Notice.
1939: Birmingham Gazette, 24 March.
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