Yate and Iron Acton’s hidden mining history
Oldwood Pit, Rangeworthy
10am – 4pm, Oldwood Pits (Rangeworthy Colliery), Oldwood Lane, off Tanhouse Lane, Yate, BS37 7PZ
Older residents may remember Celestine, a rare mineral being extracted in Yate, before the houses were built, but few people alive can remember coal mining in Yate - yet for generations it was the main source of income, apart from farming.
You can visit the only remaining coal mine in Yate on Sunday 12th September 10-4 and find out more about this surprising past.
As part of Heritage Open Day, at Oldwood Pits, on Tanhouse Lane, Yate (by the junction with Engine Common Lane) you will be able to see mining artefacts, an adit / drift mine, and see the massive shaft - with the brick shaft head still standing over 20 feet above ground. And children will be able to experiment with dragging coal, to see what children their age used to be do to earn their living.
As well as the mining site, you can follow an Edible England trail around the small holding at Oldwood Pits, to see how many edible things are grown there.
Access is free to the site and trail. To see the mine shafts you will need to join a free guided tour - please click below to book on line or email.
If there is space on a tour, you can join it on the day, but tour sizes are strictly limited because of covid.