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Kilgetty Colliery Chimney Base

A Grade II Listed Building in Stepaside, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7377 / 51°44'15"N

Longitude: -4.6974 / 4°41'50"W

OS Eastings: 213846

OS Northings: 207781

OS Grid: SN138077

Mapcode National: GBR GF.3QY0

Mapcode Global: VH2PD.JLJ6

Entry Name: Kilgetty Colliery Chimney Base

Listing Date: 31 July 1991

Last Amended: 1 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6557

Building Class: Industrial

Location: 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.

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 operated from 1937 to 1939 under the Kilgetty Anthracite Colliery Company, when over 250 men were employed.

The chimney probably dates from the early to mid C19. The height appears to have been about 20 m but the upper part was demolished by the Army in 1972. It appears to have been built as a boilerhouse chimney, but may later have served for mine ventilation: such ventilation chimneys are a rarity.

Exterior

The stump of the chimney is about 2.5 m square externally and 1.25 m square internally, and rises to a surviving height of about 4.5 m above the ground level of the yard. It is built of rubble sandstone with dressed quoins in a style similar to that of the weighbridge office. The chimney tapers slightly to a height of about 3 m, above which its taper is more gentle. The uppermost surviving parts are roughly broken and covered in ivy. Two arched openings into the base are visible. The opening in the N side is connected to a flue in firebrick which can be traced for several metres along the bank at the E side of the yard, but the nearside wall and the arched top of the flue have disappeared. The flue is about 1 m in height internally above present ground level. This may have been the site of a boiler house. A second aperture in the chimney faces W, above the height at which the main flue joins. This aperture 0.6 m wide by 0.8 m high has a hinged iron access cover and was for servicing the chimney.
The chimney is included for group value with the surviving engine house and weighbridge house.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for group value with the surviving engine house and weighbridge house.

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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 Weighbridge Office
    On the N side of Kilgetty Lane in the hamlet of Stepaside, at the entrance to Stepaside Coachworks.
  • 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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