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Headgear at Daw Mill
All photographs -Copyright Stuart Tomlins

 

Daw Mill

 

Background

 

Originally, Daw Mill was simply a ventilation shaft for the existing works at Dexter Colliery. Situated in Warwickshire, to the north-west of Coventry, the shaft was later modified for coal winding.

The first coal was brought up the shaft in 1965, and three years later in 1968, a second shaft was added.

In 1982 the decision to commission a surface drift was taken.

 



The Present

Seven seams merge together to form the Warwickshire Thick, which is the only seam mined at Daw Mill. These seams lie at depths of 500m - 1000m and some have been worked independently by other mines

It is estimated that the Warwickshire Thick contains 39.3 million tonnes of reserves and resources, with a further 43.1 million tonnes laying to the south of the existing boundary, and at a depth of over 1000m in a seam section of 4.0m.

 

 

 

Into the Future...

 

Production in the southern reserve block is expected to commence in 2001. Extraction will be made through a new longwall panel, which be the longest longwall ever worked at the colliery. The panel will work in a section measuring up to 5.0m, which will be the largest section ever worked in this country.

Significant capital investment will be required to work the southern unlicensed area, with the most significant constraint being the plan to extract coal from beneath the M6 Motorway. The subject of compensation to the Highways department is presently under discussion.

 

 
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