The area around Brinsley had many neighbouring collieries which were connected by a network of mineral railways. These were developed to transport the coal to market, and the waste to the pit tips, spoil heaps, or as they were known colloquially to local miners ‘dot hills’ (dirt hills).
To the right of the public footpath, just before it meets the main road (Church Lane), you will find a large break in the hedgerow which offers a panoramic view of Underwood to the north of Brinsley.
The Church of St Michaels and All Angels at Underwood is easily identified by the spire which rises above the horizon. To the right of Underwood lies Willey Wood old pit tip which was last active in the 1870s. The hills to the left of Underwood are formed by Selston Colliery pit tip which was last active in the 1950s.
Underwood Pit (Selston Colliery)’showing a typical scene when in full production’. Sketch by Alan Gill, 1987.
Photograph of Selston Colliery taken in the 1950s.
This map shows the extent of the coalfield north of Eastwood.