Bidders set to dig deep for rare Wrexham mining maps

Reporter:

Rory Sheehan

A RARE opportunity has arisen to own a piece of Wrexham’s mining history.

Old mining maps and other paraphernalia have been handed to Wingetts, based on Holt Street in the town centre, where they will be auctioned off next week.

Among the items is an 8.8ft by 4.6ft map of the Gatewen Colliery stretching from the Offa area of the town centre, covering from Bersham up to New Broughton.

It is the sort of map which might have been found in a draughtsman’s office.

Auctioneer Dyfed Griffiths said such items do not come along very often and could be of real local interest when the bidding starts.

He said: “A chap who does house clearances stumbled across them in an attic in a property in the area, and he just brought them in.

”They are mainly from the 1920s and 30s but show how much stuff has been excavated and when, with the month and year on a progress chart.”

The largest map features landowner names such as Colonel Meredith and landmarks such as the ‘fever hospital’ and ‘union workshop’.

Mr Griffiths added: “They are being auctioned next Tuesday.

“They are difficult to value because it is not the sort of thing we get every week.

“We’ll probably auction them as a job lot with a conservative estimate of £80 to £100 – but they could go for more because of the local interest in mining.”

Another of the interesting items is a letter from King George V confirming the patent of an invention to improve pit props, sent to John Hindley Walker, as well as logbooks and instruction on how to raise and lower the mineshaft. 

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