Coal has been mined in this area for centuries from outcrops to shallow workings. Ironstone was also mined.
Gossip suggests there was a pit prior to the 1830's to the west of Palterton and located down Carr Lane. In fact there may have been at least two such pits. However, my research has failed to discover any evidence to support the gossip.
My research into the Bathurst Estate papers, provided evidence there was the Bathurst Main Colliery to the north of Palterton well within the village boundary and that it had absolutely no connection with Carr Vale, although it is likely that during its short existence, people from that village may have worked there.
Today, (2000), there are no pits in the Palterton area.
In the ten years after the 1984 strike, 135 collieries were closed and after privatisation of the industry in 1995, another twenty closed. Today (2004), Britain has only eight collieries in production, employing around 8,000 people.
Despite still having millions of tonnes of coal reserves, Britain imports more coal than it produces.
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Created 2 December 2000
Last updated: 16 March 2005