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Kilgetty Colliery Weighbridge Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Stepaside, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7376 / 51°44'15"N

Longitude: -4.6978 / 4°41'51"W

OS Eastings: 213823

OS Northings: 207768

OS Grid: SN138077

Mapcode National: GBR GF.3QTS

Mapcode Global: VH2PD.JLB9

Entry Name: Kilgetty Colliery Weighbridge Office

Listing Date: 31 July 1991

Last Amended: 1 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6555

Building Class: Industrial

Location: On the N side of Kilgetty Lane in the hamlet of Stepaside, at the entrance to Stepaside Coachworks.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Amroth

Community: Amroth

Locality: Stepaside

Built-Up Area: Stepaside

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Kilgetty Colliery consisted of several pits, the first documented of which was sunk in 1775. These were abandoned and re-opened on numerous occasions. A beam engine was bought from the Neath Abbey Iron Company for the colliery in c.1811, and further pits were sunk in the 1840s. During the 1850s the colliery prospered, providing coal for the Kilgetty (or Stepaside) Ironworks, but it declined in the 1860s. It last opened from 1937 to 1939 under the Kilgetty Anthracite Colliery Company, when over 250 men were employed.

The weighbridge office probably dates from the redevelopments of c.1811 or c1840. It provided shelter for the miners' and the company's checkweighmen and their ledgers, and to house the reading equipment of the weighing machine, the platform of which would have been set into the road. It provided a gauge of coal for sale and the information for paying miners by weight. The importance of weighbridges was recognised in the Checkweighmen's Act of 1860 and the Coal Mines Regulation Act of 1887 which enforced the election and payment of weighers by the miners themselves. From 1908 checkweighmen were also responsible for overseeing underground working hours, and they had an important role in the development of trades unions.

Exterior

The building is 5 m square, single storey, of only one room, with walls very slightly battered outwards, of rubble construction with dressed stone quoins. It is set on a platform two steps above the road at the front, being built into the rock at the E end and elevated where the ground falls away to the W. It is gabled, with a replacement corrugated-iron roof and a small brick chimney at the E end. It has one small nine-paned casement window and a plank door to the front, all the joinery replaced. A blocked doorway to the rear and a blocked window to the E. The W side has a wide fixed light window at a low level. The weighbridge platform position is no longer apparent and the pavings and falls in the vicinity have been much altered.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its historical importance as a rare surviving C19 colliery weighbridge office, and one of the few remaining buildings of the Pembrokeshire coal industry.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Kilgetty Colliery Engine House
    In the yard of Stepaside Coachworks off Kilgetty Lane in Stepaside 15 m NE of the weighbridge office. It served the Engine Pit, which was about 12 m from the front wall of the engine house.
  • II Kilgetty Colliery Chimney Base
    In the yard of Stepaside Coachworks off Kilgetty Lane, behind the Weighbridge Office and to the N of the winding engine house of Engine Pit.
  • II Tramway Bridge
    Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepaside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.
  • II Tramway Bridge
    Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.
  • II Workshops
    Part of Kilgetty Ironworks on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The workshops are at the N of the site, beside the footpath to Stepaside.
  • II Double Engine House
    In Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The Engine House stands a short distance to the N of the Casting Shed.
  • II Walls and Kilns above Furnace Bank
    On high ground to the rear of Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley.
  • II Furnace Bank Revetment Wall
    Kilgetty Ironworks is at the W side of Pleasant Valley. The furnace bank is a high retaining structure about 20 m W of the Ironworks casting shed.

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