Swadlincote, Derbyshire, 1970 [x]

"When I was there, it was so ugly it made you laugh. The whole district was an assemblage of gigantic holes in the ground, some of them half a mile across, where clay was dug out for the various works which made drainpipes and teapots and crockery and jugs, bowls and chamberpots, and large hideous vases of a poisonous green to put aspidistras in. Along the edges of these great holes, dividing them one from another like threads in a spider’s web, ran the dark grey spoil heaps, a tangle of derelict railway lines, and the little black streets of houses, steeply up or down hill. No proper grass grew anywhere, but a sage green vegetation like little prehistoric Christmas trees covered the older tip heaps, and at some point on every skyline the twin wheels and black scaffolding of pit-head gear would mark the shaft of a coal mine."

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