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Former Bonville's Court Colliery Heapstead

A Grade II Listed Building in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7147 / 51°42'52"N

Longitude: -4.716 / 4°42'57"W

OS Eastings: 212470

OS Northings: 205266

OS Grid: SN124052

Mapcode National: GBR GF.501K

Mapcode Global: VH2PL.65PB

Entry Name: Former Bonville's Court Colliery Heapstead

Listing Date: 26 September 1994

Last Amended: 7 May 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15833

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Located in the southern part of Bonville's Court Caravan Park 1 km NW of Saundersfoot.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Saundersfoot

Community: Saundersfoot

Locality: Bonville's Court Caravan Park

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Bonville's Court Colliery operated from 1842 to 1930, during which time it remained one of the most important collieries in Pembrokeshire. It produced anthracite of exceptional quality, which was particularly valuable in the malting trade, being used in SE England and overseas. Bonville's Court was one of the most organised and mechanised of Pembrokeshire's collieries. In 1925 it employed 3-400 men and was responsible for 82% of the coal output of the County. After closure in 1930 its screens continued in use for some years for coal from nearby pits. Several features from the colliery survive at the Tower Pit site, begun in 1847, now within the caravan park: including the heapstead, power house, weighbridge house, pay office, carpenter's shop, and former railway alignments.

Exterior

The heapstead or pit bank was the raised platform on which the headframe and winding engine house stood and through which coal was lifted from the shaft for tipping into the adjacent screens and coal wagons. It is constructed of rubble sandstone and stands some 6 m above the surrounding ground level. Putlog holes in the walls supported the timber structure of the screens.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare surviving colliery heapstead, and for group value within the Bonville's Court Colliery complex, one of the most significant remaining from the important Pembrokeshire anthracite trade.

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