Keighley Coal

British Mining No 74 – Keighley Coal

By M.C. Gill

Although the Keighley area is famed for its textile and engineering industries, few people know of the many small coal pits which were an important part of the local economy before the coming of the canal and the railway. These were worked for at least five centuries with the last one closing in 1932.

One person who was aware of them was Paul Davison whose keen interest in local geology led him to study the industry and its history in the Aire Valley and its tributaries between Bingley and Skipton. He made copious notes, but his untimely death prevented him preparing them for publication. Fortunately, however, these notes were deposited at Cliffe Castle Museum, where Mike Gill was able to combine them with his own work to produce the current volume. A useful index of personal names has been included.

The printed version of this book is now OUT OF PRINT, however it is now available as a PDF to download from this site, for use on computers and tablets.

A5 105pp, 21 figs, 10 plates
ISBN 0 901450 57 X

Look Inside to see some sample pages including the table of contents. This book also has a list of Personal Names that may be of use to family historians and genealogists.