AMH Coal Mining Heritage Project 2016-19
NCB Alveley Colliery, formerly The Highley Mining Co. Ltd

Please can you help with the tune to “Highley Coal”and information as to who wrote this song?

Highley Colliery Band members have kindly offered to play it at the final AMH 50th anniversary
of the closure of the mine event at Severn Centre on 1st December.

It would be wonderful to have as many people there to sing it as possible!

We are grateful to Tony and Carol Jones of Highley for donating an original copy of the lyrics to this song

Please contact: Andrea Edwards: (AMH Chairwoman) 01746 862064

Alveley Mining Heritage Group Cage Detaching Hook Memorial Sculpture

On October 6th 2019 Alveley Mining Heritage Group were proud to unveil our memorial sculpture dedicated to the men, women and boys who worked at Alveley and Highley collieries. The sculpture, based around an original cage detaching hook of the type used at the site, was conceived by group members and brilliantly constructed by Ray Matthews who worked at the colliery as a mechanical engineer.

The memorial sculpture is located at the Severn Valley Country Park, the site of NCB Alveley Colliery, formerly Highley Mining Company. Our thanks to everyone who helped with the event and siteing the memorial.

We are especially grateful to the Mayor of Bridgnorth Ron Whittle OBE and Mayoress Carol Whittle for performing the ceremonial duties.

Alveley Mining Heritage plaque dedicated to the men women and Boys who worked at Highley and Alveley Mines.
Cage Detaching Hook Memorial Sculpture
Cage Detaching Hook Memorial Sculpture - visitors assemble
L to R: Mary Tull (Treasurer), Lady Mayoress Carol Whittle, Mayor Of Bridgnorth Ron Whittle OBE, Ray Matthews  who constructed the sculpture (Membership Secretary), Steve Tull and Malcolm Peel (Member


Alveley Weighbridge


Stuart Scott, MBCS CITP

Former Avery Apprentice, Draughtsman and Production Engineer

will give a presentation on  

Alveley Weighbridge


Alveley Mining Heritage Open Day

Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Alveley

30th November 2017


Stuart will also be available throughout the day to discuss his research and knowledge with visitors

Avery apprentices 1965.

Stuart Scott is standing fourth from the right

All Welcome

Alveley Mining Heritage Project


A short montage film will be shown of our

Alveley Coal Mining Heritage Weekend (July 2016)

on 30th November 2017 with editing sponsored by Midland Quarry Products

This event was part funded with a generous grant from Alveley & Romsley Parish Council.

Please see our other generous supporters for this weekend on our events page



Display Board

Alveley Mining Heritage have commissioned a new display board in the education room by kind permission of

Severn Valley Country Park


Our photographs show Mike Whitbread making the display board which is now completed for our Open Day

on 30th November 2017


We are grateful to support in kind from Argo Plastics and Harlow Timber Centre

and sponsorship from MQP







King and Humble cage detaching hook

This is a Cage Detaching Hook made by King and Humble presented to us by Ray Matthews, former Assistant Mechanical Engineer at the mine. It is of a type used at Alveley, they were made by Omerod. Suggestions and support to display this item with interpretation material is welcome please.


Alveley Colliery Workshop Door

There still remains one of the large sliding doors from the colliery workshop which has been offered to us by J T Castings Ltd. We would like to accept this when we have the ways and means to renovate and display. Suggestions and support welcome please along side any memories of this area of the colliery.

Chock - Hydraulic Roof Support

The Chock, which is situated at Severn Valley Country Park (SVCP), actually came from Joy Mine but is of a type used at Alveley Colliery. It belongs, as does the Mine Car, to Shropshire Mines Trust (SMT) and is on loan to Severn Valley Country Park. We are currently in discussions with SMT and SVCP as we would like to relocate it to a better site on the park, prepare and paint to preserve it and improve the display. We would require support to make our intentions a reality. Watch this space.

Alveley Colliery Office Safe

Again we are grateful to Severn Valley Storage who have generously offered the former colliery safe which we hope to accept and display. We are sure that these images will trigger many memories so do get in touch so that we have a record of times now passed.

Alveley Colliery Office Pay Window

We are grateful for the offer of these two pay windows from the colliery office by Severn Valley Storage which we hope to accept and display.

We welcome any associated memories from former mine workers whilst waiting in the queue for wage packets, or anecdotes prompted by these images. Please get in touch by the contact facility on this website.

Alveley Mine Car Restoration

The mine car, situated at SVCP, is actually the property of the Shropshire Mines Trust and it is of a type used at Alveley Colliery. We understand that it was positioned on site when the slag heap was first transformed into the lovely Country Park we are all able to enjoy today. At this point it was painted black, although it was originally white to be visible underground.

Unfortunately over the years it started to look in a sorry state, heavily encrusted in rust, it had sunk into the bare earth and scrub had grown all around it so when this site had been identified for our noticeboard we felt it only right to transform the Mine car display for the public to enjoy. Alveley Mining Heritage set about gaining help in the tasks and sponsorship in kind to clear and level the site, enhance the appearance of mine car display, help preserve it and mount it on authentic Alveley rails and top it with coal.

Alveley Mining Heritage notice board

We are grateful to the staff at SVCP who have given permission to erect our dedicated noticeboard, beautifully made by our volunteer carpenter and joiner Mike Whitbread with help from some of our own Alveley Mining Heritage Committee members and SVCP staff and Support Group. We also extend our thanks to our sponsors who have enabled this project which gives visitors from near and far an insight into our aims and ambitions, progress of on going projects and contact details to encourage involvement and sharing information.

Alveley Mine Weighbridge and Weigh House

Over the past couple of years a few individuals have been considering possibilities with regards to the derelict Weigh House and deck on the former colliery site at Alveley. We gained enough interest from a small group of hard working and enthusiastic people to form a constituted group and now we are in the very early stages of consultation to try and relocate the weighbridge deck and position a new build Weighhouse as a heritage information point at the Severn Valley Country Park to house new acquisitions and interpretation boards and open it up on occasional heritage days. Funding needs to be attracted for such a project.