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Re: How did they do it?
Wardley Colliery was the one near the reservoir you mentioned.Here below is an aerial photo. As llyn said the pit closed in the 1930s but was then modernised and reopened in the 1950s.It is all gone now and a Housing Estate is to be built on the land.
Recommended Local History websites.