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Saint-Amé coal mine in Liévin

Saint-Amé coal mine in Liévin

The largest post-war mining disaster in Northern France

The 43-metre-high headframe of the Saint-Amé mine reminds us of the turbulent coal history of the northern French municipality of Liévin, near Lens.

The metal headframe dates from 1923 and replaced a previous one destroyed during the First World War. The German army dismantled over a hundred coal mines in the northern French mining basin. 

Mining disaster

On December 27, 1974, Fosse Saint-Amé was the setting for the largest mining disaster in post-war France.

An underground firedamp explosion killed 42 miners. A memorial plaque at the foot of the shaft trestle commemorates the disaster.

The disaster marked the beginning of the end. Four years later, in 1974, the Saint-Amé mine was closed down. A concrete shaft beam and the rest of the installations were razed, leaving only the headframe standing.

Compagnie de Liévin

A stone's throw from Fosse Saint-Amé, you will find the headframe of shaft 1 bis of the Compagnie de Liévin. The relict stands wholly lost in the middle of a parking lot.

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