Buttress are working with Hyndburn Borough Council to carry out a condition survey of the Coke Ovens at the former Aspen Colliery near Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.
A WREN Heritage Fund grant of £75,000 has been secured for the removal of vegetation and repairing and consolidation of the site, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, the coke ovens were originally used to convert coal from Aspen Colliery into coke, which was then used as a smokeless fuel in the nearby steelworks.
The former Colliery has been demolished for some time; the remaining 24 Coke Ovens and remains of engine beds are the only surviving upstanding remnants of the site. The distinctive remnants of the Coke Ovens provide insight in to the methods and scale of coking on the site, and as such are an aid to understanding mining processes.
We are also considering possible future uses for the site in close consultation with Historic England, Hyndburn Borough Council and WREN.