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Three colliers, Maerdy Colliery, 1986-87. Photograph by John Cornwell.
In 1947 the coal industry was nationalised; two years later the National Coal Board announced the complete rebuilding of Maerdy Collieries No.3 and No.4 Pits, near the head of Cwm Rhondda-fach. The mine had closed in 1940 and was lying derelict.
The rebuilding swept away most traces of the original structures but provided an all-electric state-of-the-art colliery with new winder houses, coal preparation plant, administrative offices, a canteen, pithead baths and medical centre. Developments underground included new roadways to link with Bwllfa Colliery in the Cynon Valley.
The site of Maerdy Collieries Nos.1 and No.2 Pits had been retained for railway sidings in connection with Nos.3 and 4 Pits and continued in use to serve the new Colliery.
The last coal was raised at Mardy Colliery in 1986 although coal continued to be mined and brought to the surface at Tower Drift Mine, with which it was linked underground. Mardy closed in 1990 and the site has since been demolished and cleared.

Comments (3)

Anonymous's picture
the names of the miners in your photo are from left to right johny bang bang alan cogsticks davies colin davies dago this photo was taken about 1986 87
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales's picture
Thanks for your comment, that's great to have the names and correct date! Do you have any photo yourself to upload?
Anonymous's picture
My dad's pit. He was the last manager of Mardy and its closure marked not only the end of the pit but the end of coal mining in South Wales. Some mining continued by private mines such as Tower and a few on a much smaller scale in West Wales.With the end of the industry we also saw the end of the communities and spirit of the Welsh miners. Good old Maggie. Tw-t !

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