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Part of a 1910 plan, measuring about 8 feet by 5 feet, of the Beeston seam at Water Haigh colliery under the Calverley estate.
The Beeston seam was the deepest in the pit and was in two parts - the Low Beeston at 352 yards underground and the Top Beeston, at 349 yards. There were 4 feet 7 inches of coal in the top seam with a one inch band of dirt in the middle. The lower seam had two bands of coal - a 2 feet layer separated from a 1 foot 4 inches layer by 2 feet of dirt. There were similar plans for each of the seams at all the collieries on the Calverley land, including West Allerton, Rothwell and Newmarket.
 
Part of the 1910 Water Haigh Beeston seam plan showing showing how coal was left under large buildings and houses. The dates on the plan indicate when the coal was extracted.
 
A 1912 plan of the Silkstone seam under the Calverley estate. The seam was 249 yards underground. Separated by two feet of
dirt there were 3 feet 3 inches of gas coal and 1 foot 3 inches of anthractite coal known as hards. The plan was drawn up by
Fennell and Green, Land and Mineral Surveyors, Wakefield. Earlier plans were done by Joseph Tolson White who had an office
in Wakefield and lived at Altofts. He died in 1878 and his business was carried on by his son, Joseph Fletcher White who died
in 1907.