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An important part of local history

I received a warm welcome from a group of people who care deeply about the protection and... read more

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An interesting piece of history

Great to be able to wander around parts of the site. The guys here are really passionate about the... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hardly a secret because it's available to all but I'm stunned by how few know its there - to say nothing of the importance of its story - or perhaps its history! The Potteries is where it is BECAUSE of this place and the more people understand that simply truth the more valuable this place will become.

As a visitor, I found 3 hours was barely enough there is so much to see. For some, it's an old mine - but to those with an imagination and an appreciation of Stoke, it's a showcase of mining achievements. The depth of the mine, the quantity of coal extracted, the industrial might of the workers and the sheer grit of the mining community gave today's Stoke much of what it enjoys today.

Visits are only available at certain times but if you don't go soon, you could miss the best of what it currently available.

As a PS the officers at Stoke City Council really need to value what they own here. It could be a jewel in Stoke's Crown but it needs imagination and partnerships if this place is to have a future. Indeed its future could see leisure and tourism and music as a reason to invest more but without imagination, the past and industrial heritage is its main appeal. Fantastic place to visit though!

Date of experience: September 2019
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geoffo765, Trustee at Chatterley Whitfield, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

THANK YOU christmastree - the Chatterley Whitfield Friends really appreciate your review - & I think we (& many others) agree entirely with what you have written.

We believe with a little (well quite a lot!) of investment Chatterley Whitfield has the potential to become once again the jewel in the Crown of Coal Mines - this time not for coal production but for the Heritage of North Staffordshire & a potential income producing asset for the area.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Chatterley Whitfield for their heritage open weekend. It is run by volunteers who have a great passion for what they do. We went around the site in groups with 2 tour guides and several Marshall’s to ensure everyone was safe. They gave us lots of information about the site and have built a memorial for all those miners that lost their lives down the pit which is very beautiful.The volunteers give you their personal account of working life in the pit. It is a great shame that the site has been let go and now some of the buildings are crumbling it is just a matter of time before they will be lost forever which is sad as it is our industrial heritage. You need to visit before they do. With the passion and enthusiasm of the Friends of Chatterley all may not be lost they have lots of items in the heritage museum. I would recommend everyone to go and visit no matter what your age is as it is part of your who we are and were we live.

Date of experience: September 2019
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geoffo765, Guest Relations Manager at Chatterley Whitfield, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review Mum2403 we are glad you enjoyed your visit to our iconic site & yew the Friends are doing everything in their power to save the site for future generation so that the sacrifices the men & women made in the past are not forgotten.

As you appreciate it's not a small task - so we want the world to know what we have got here - we CAN save it with the help & support of the right people (ones with lots of money!)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the heritage open day on Sunday we started in the waiting area where there were lots of historical items to look at with regard to the mining industry, when you look at the collection you think to yourself how did those men and boys survive in those days with the working conditions. When everyone was there exactly on time everyone had their hard hats on ready to start the tour just before we moved off these 3 miners who looked the real thing had a bit of a comedy acting just to make everyone welcome any give the tour an air of realism for what you were going to see on your tour. So we set off with our guides who had a vast wealth of knowledge to the history of the colliery and the other mines in the area, it was sad to see how the museum has changed since the closure, the most interesting part of the tour was to see the original maps of the coal fields which were mostly hand drawn there were no printers in those days i was so impressed that i became a member there and then also i have found out that the members meet on a Saturday morning once a month to do various restoration projects which i am seriously looking at doing some volunteering with this brilliant group.

Date of experience: September 2019
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geoffo765, Trustee at Chatterley Whitfield, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Keith - we are glad you enjoyed it & it would be great to have you as a volunteer - we have got some great plans for the future & our Goal is to save the site for future generations to enjoy & to learn from.

Geoff (the modern miner!)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have an amazing tour with the chatterly Whitfield friends. All the volunteers were fantastic, it’s such a shame this place of such historical significant can not be open all year round.

Date of experience: September 2019
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geoffo765, Trustee at Chatterley Whitfield, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind comments Sightseer - The Chatterley Whitfield Friends are doing everything in their powers to get the whole site saved & to have it opened permanently for all to see.

Feel free to spread the word.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heritage open weekend taken round in groups of 30 visitors by 2 guides and stewards to bring up the rear stragglers , everything explained to anyone who asked a question by the guides or any steward who may have worked at the mine during their lifetime , the tour ends up taking about an hour and an half plus any extra time spent in the museum at the end of the tour with the added bonus of a snack bar for a brew or sandwich , this is a free tour so well worth seeing as it may not be here to see much longer as the site is soon getting overgrown by trees and brambles such a shame to let it go this way without any intervention to stop this destruction of an historical site , the friends have recently built a memorial to all the mine workers that perished here .

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Geoff B
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geoffo765, Trustee at Chatterley Whitfield, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your Review Geoff - yes it's a pity about the excess vegetation - however the Friends are trying their best to work with the council to enable more control of this & hopefully get access to more buildings with the aim of stabilising them & eventual regenerating the whole site.

Obviously it will take a LOT of money - but we have to do as much as we can with our limited funds & resources and not lose focus on saving the site.

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