Category: Mining Heritage


What happened after New Fancy Colliery Closed?

Nothing much happened until about 1960, when the development of the Llanwern steelworks in South Wales meant that there was demand for huge quantities of shale to stabilise the marshy... Read More


What Is The Geomap?

In 2007, the Forest of Dean Local History Society was awarded a grant of £107,200 by DEFRA’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (administered by Natural England) to produce a spectacular piece... Read More


What is the Miners Memorial

The Forest of Dean Local History Society felt that there should be some form of memorial to the victims of historic fatal accidents in Forest of Dean mines in much... Read More


What was it like working at New Fancy?

You might expect that working conditions and safety at work would have improved for miners by the late 1920’s when compared with previous times. However this was not necessarily so! Read More


When did the New Fancy colliery operate?

The Protheroe family appear to have had interests in the New Fancy gale (a gale is an area of a coal seam or iron ore vein) since the early 1800’s. Read More


When was the Geomap ‘Unveiled’?

The Geomap was ‘unveiled’ at New Fancy on Saturday 3rd May 2008 by Mark Harper M.P. and John Harvey to the music of a brass band. Read More


Where can I see the Geomap

The Geomap is at the New Fancy Viewpoint in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, two miles south of the Speech House Hotel (see map). Read More


Who Was The Sculptor?

David Yeates studied Fine Art at the Royal Forest of Dean College in Gloucestershire and then attained a 2:1 B.A. Read More

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