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Delloye colliery

Delloye colliery

French mining history in Lewarde

In the Fosse Delloy, exploiting the coal basin only lasted a paltry forty years because it was not profitable.

Soon after its closure in 1971, it was decided to build a mining museum there, which opened its doors in 1984 as the "Centre Historique Minier du Nord-pas-de-Calais."

The coal washing plant, the shower rooms, offices and the two steel shaft trestles above the Delloye pit No. 1 and 2 have been preserved.

The museum houses remnants of the mining past from the Nord-Pas de Calais basin, such as railway equipment, steam engines, etc., some of which still bear the stamp of Belgian constructors like Cockerill in Liège or Thiriau in La Croyère (La Louvière).

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