This model in 4mm scale is of the Pit Head and winding gear at the now demolished Wood End Colliery Near Burnley. This is the first stage of the proposed diorama, and the progress can be followed in regular installments on this page. So far the pit head has been constructed from ABS square section, stanchions from Ratio and embossed plastic sheet from South Eastern Finecast.
The centre shaft in red brick is sheet laminated to 1.5 art board from Rowney Daller. It is painted in Revel Aqua Colour acrylics. It is not yet finished and requires cables and a lead in / out to the screens which were road based as opposed to railway. Hardly any evidence is availible of the original pit which was demolished in the 1960s. The final model will include all of the colliery buildings, the 17th Centry Smith's farm and the Pub and cottages at Pendle Hill.
The Camp site is set in the most delightful of settings on the ground of the old mine. Nothing remains now, nature has reclaimed the land and it is hard to imagine that this was once part of the Industrial Heritage of Lancashire .
This is why Carole Johnson and her Husband, the owners of the site, have created an Alladins Cave of Mining Artifacts, Memories and models as a dedication to this important aspect of Lancashire History. In addition to the Museum and Camp Site there is the mouthwatering temptations of Home Baked Cakes and Pastries and Local Honey . Lancashire hospitality at its very best.
The Pit Head and winding gear was made from concrete. below is an archive image of the pit during demolition.
Colliery Update. The winding house on the Woodend Model is now in tact and linked to the main frame. It rests on a 1/8th ply sub base which will join the next stage on the main boards which will include th road, the coal drops and the river. The main structure is of 1.5mm art board with South Eastern Finecast 4mm english bond sheet laminated to it.