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John Cornwell: Colliery photos

John Cornwell was a freelance photographer who took many photographs of collieries, mostly in south Wales and the English Midlands, both underground and on the surface, during the 1970s and early 1980s. He perfected a method of underground photography using the standard colliery lighting and was able to photograph coal faces, roadways, shafts and equipment with amazing clarity. In addition to photographing working mines he also recorded abandoned mine workings, above and below ground.

John Cornwell was also well respected in the broader field of industrial archaeology. He published a number of books on Welsh and English collieries.

The copyright of his south Wales images are now owned by National Museum Wales.

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Tirpentwys Colliery 1979

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Six Bells Colliery, 1979

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Oakdale Colliery, electric locomotive near the...

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Oakdale Colliery, coal conveyor attendant, c.1978

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North Celynen Colliery, 1975

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Markham Colliery yard, 1977

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Marine Colliery, 1980

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Marine Colliery, 1974, a 'Western'...

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Llanhilleth Colliery, the lattice headframe on...

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Hafodyrynys Colliery, electric locomotive at...

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Cwmtillery Colliery, decorative brickwork on...

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Cwmtillery Colliery pit bottom, 22 November 1977

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Celynen South Colliery, 1978.

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Blaenserchen Colliery pit bottom in 1979 with...

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Blaenserchan colliery in 1973.

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Coegnant Colliery 1978, prop and bar face.

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Wyndham Colliery, c.1975

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Wyndham/Western Colliery, turntable near pit...

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Treforgan Colliery with the afternoon shift...

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St John's Colliery, Anderson Strathclyde...

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Overmen inspecting a shearer on the Six Feet...

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Modern concrete viaduct linking the mine with...

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Graig Merthyr Colliery, line of drams in the...

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Graig Merthyr Colliery yard in 1977 with a long...

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Garw Colliery in 1977, with village in the...

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Cefn Coed Colliery, 1973, engine house and...

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Cefn Coed Colliery engine house for the Markham...

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Aberpergwm, 1972, entrance of the new drift mine.

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Abernant Colliery, miner at a pumping station...

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Aberpergwm Colliery, Dosco Road heading machine...

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Ty Mawr Colliery, the remains of an underground...

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Tower Colliery, 'Rex' with his ostler...

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Taff Merthyr Colliery, heading with Dosco road...

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Taff Merthyr Colliery in the late 1970s.

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Nantgarw Colliery, 1978, Anderson Strathclyde...

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Merthyr Vale Colliery downcast shaft, c.1980

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Maerdy Colliery, 1977, empty mine cars waiting...

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Lewis Merthyr Colliery, 1977, hydraulic roof...

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Lady Windsor Colliery, steam locomotive with...

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Ffaldau Colliery, 1977, the pit head.

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Fernhill Colliery, the jib of an AB 15...

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Deep Navigation Colliery, the downcast...

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Deep Duffryn Colliery, two pitmen inspecting...

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Bargoed Colliery, 20 May 1977.

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Morlais Colliery, general view looking east...

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Morlais Colliery, a general view, note the...

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Cynheidre Colliery,coal drams at an underground...

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Cynheidre Colliery, main trunk road with high...

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Cwmgwili Colliery, 1978, afternoon shift...

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Cwmgwili Colliery, 1978, a Joy Loader and...

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Betws Mine, the afternoon shift waiting for the...

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Cwmgwili Colliery, a completed drivage...

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Ammanford Colliery, 1974, Mr P.A. Jones, Safety...

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Ammanford Colliery, 1974, Gerald Gibson...

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Ammanford Colliery, 1974, a journey of empty...

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Two Blaenavon miners in the timber yard at the...

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The Big Pit manager, Glyn Morgan, talking to...

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New roadway driven from the drift entrance with...

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Last day for Glyn Morgan, the last National...

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Junction near pit bottom, Big Pit 1975, now...

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General surface view, Big Pit 1975.

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Forge level, driven c.1812, later incorporated...

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Colliery horse returning to Big Pit surface...

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Bill Gunter, the Big Pit safety officer, on the...

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Bill Gunter yn sefyll yn y fynedfa fwaog i...

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Forge Pit, 1975

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