150 years of the Shelton Works - page 8



Hanley Deep Pit
Hanley Deep Pit



The rich seams of coal and iron ore in the Stoke-on-Trent area were instrumental in the selection of the Shelton site by the first Earl Granville. 
There were numerous coal workings on the Shelton site before the Levison Gower family took an interest in it but after the lease was taken up the pits were rapidly developed.

They were all part of the unique industrial fabric of North Staffordshire. Coal pits were peppered around the Shelton site.

There was The Grange; the three Racecourse pits; Rowhurst One and Two; Bootham Pit, Tinkersclough and the 'daddy' of them all, Deep Pit.

Deep Pit got its name from the fact that it had the area's deepest shaft, reaching 1,500 feet.

The Racecourse pits, named after a racecourse which saw its last event in 1840, were almost 1,000 feet deep.