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Apedale Pit Wheel Memorial

Apedale's pit wheel was erected in 2004 as a memorial dedicated to mine workers in Staffordshire. The land here was an opencast mine as recently as 1998 and has since been landscaped to become Apedale Country Park.

A 60 second exposure of Apedale pit wheel at nightApedale pit wheel at nightThe wheel has been painted recently
but I wasn't as lucky with the cloud formation
A freshly painted Apedale wheel at night

The wheel itself originated at Annesley Colliery in Nottinghamshire. It took 3 lorries and assistance from the Territorial Army to transport its 30 foot by 19 foot 7 tonnes to Apedale. Keith Meeson, an ex-miner, can be thanked - he was one of the people responsible for setting up Apedale Heritage Centre and paid what sounds like a bargain £100 for the wheel. It was a bit more expensive to get the wheel here; a £15,000 Countryside Agency grant helped fund its restoration and placement.

Apedale pit wheel memorial and coal tub in winterApedale pit wheel memorial and coal tub in winter

The plate on the coal tub reads "This pit wheel commemorates those of all ages who dedicated their lives to coal mining in Staffordshire".

Apedale wheel through sunlit grassA sunlit Apedale pit wheel, through orange grassThe wheel backed by AlsagerApedale pit wheel and coal tub, with rural land behindBlack and white through grassI only noticed after I'd taken this photo that the woman's hair and clothes closely matched the colour of the rust, paint and coalApedale's pit wheel and coal tub, with matching-attired woman walking pastSo we've now established I like photographing the wheel through grassApedale pit wheel in bright sun, through fiery orange grassThrough grass again...Black and white photo of Apedale pit wheel and coal tubAaand again, spooky...Closeup of rust and paint detail on Apedale pit wheelApedale pit wheel from a low angleApedale pit wheel at sunsetA curving path to Apedale pit wheelDark stormy sky above Apedale pit wheelPhotos taken with the Canon Powershot S5 IS bridge camera (apart from the first two and last two - Canon Powershot G1 X compact).


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