Working pit

(Min.) a shaft in which the ore is hoisted and the workmen carried; - in distinction from a shaft used for the pumps.

See also: Pit

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Chris showed images and gave details of his time photographing the working environment and the people of Thoresby colliery, the last working pit in Nottinghamshire, prior to its closure in 2015.
It attracts 140,000 visitors a year who wear safety gear as the mine is classed as a working pit.
The museum, formerly Caphouse Colliery, was closed as a working pit in October 1985, six months after the conclusion of the year-long miners' strike.
It had a working pit and was at the centre of an industry that was thriving, providing work for thousands of people.
During its heyday, Ashington had a working pit and was at the centre of an industry that was thriving, providing work for thousands of people.
And still: 10 million in Kinshasa have no waterborne sewage system, only 10 working pit latrines in Kibera for 40,000 people by the end of the 20th century, and similar conditions persist in the slums of southeast Asia.
The landslide in May led to half a million tonnes of stone falling into a working pit closing off large areas of the main rock faces.
The landslide of half a million tonnes of stone into a working pit closed off large areas of the main rock faces at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, where around 200 quarrymen worked.
Daw Mill Colliery - the last remaining working pit in the Midlands - has a licence to operate until 2093.
When the last two working pit ponies finished in 1999, house coal cost the merchants pounds 25 a tonne at the pithead," he said.
The first shaft of the salt mine was sunk in 1844 and is the oldest working pit in the United Kingdom.
But now there are only seven working pit ponies left - all of them in South Wales.