A view of the hidden parts around the inner sections around the city centre of Manchester UK and beyond. How you perceive these derelict sites could be a sort of morbid fascination, or logically analysing the modes and functionally of the remaining fragments of architecture. This blog is the stage 1 of 'Urban Exploration' but I have to emphasise, if you visit these places and tempted to gain access..I wouldnt advise it unless you seek permission from the appropriate authorities.

Aspen Colliery Coke Ovens

Aspen Colliery

The structures are located  near  the towns of Church and Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire and close to the Leeds/Liverpool canal.The history behind the coke ovens  are known locally as the “fairy caves”   the  function of the coke ovens known as  beehive coking ovens converted the coal from the adjacent Aspen Colliery into coke for the steelworks as a smokeless fuel. The canal opened in 1810 which brought the coke ovens into use, there were three rows, each with nine ovens, they were not used after 1930, and in 1977 they were scheduled as an ancient monument, however no work had been done to preserve the site, and they were left  to deteriorate and eventually vandalised.   the canal was used to transport the coke to steelworks.    The ovens themselves are of brick, encased with masonry. The bank nearest the basin was in the best state of preservation.

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