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Newdigate Colliery: misc_newd265

The first of a set of five photographs showing a rake of derailed loose coupled Newdigate Colliery wagons lying in Coventry Canal

The first of a set of five photographs showing a rake of derailed loose coupled Newdigate Colliery wagons lying in Coventry Canal. This photograph was sent to me with a note that it was published in the now defunct weekly newspaper the 'Coventry & Warwickshire Graphic' and illustrates an accident which occurred on 21st May 1885. However examination of the two Ordnance survey maps for 1886 and 1902 show that the sidings to the wharf were not constructed. The first reference to the wharf, which had been provided with two sidings as seen above, is in the 1912 Ordnance Survey map, whilst the 1923 Ordnance Survey map shows just the number of sidings have been reduced to one.

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