By S. Timmins
First released in 1967
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1. The northern boundary of this southern division is formed by a line, drawn from West Bromwich (on the eastern side of the coalfield) through Tipton and Deepfields, to the western fault, near Sedgley. The Coal Ooal and Ironstone measures existing under this ;division, are as follows, viz. : 4th. Heathen Coal. Ooal. Ooal. 1st. Brooch Coal. Ooal. 5th. White Ironstone. 2nd. Thick, or Ten-yard Coal. Ooal. 6th. New Mine Coal. 3rd. Gubbin Ironstone. The economic uses of these different seams of coal, which Authracite is not found here, are all bituminous are various.
Bench Coal. 2nd. Brown Ironstone. 5th. Bottom Coal. 3rd. Cannel Coal 6th. Four-feet Coal. This portion of the coalfield is of considerable extent and importance, containing many valuable measures of coal and ironstone, which have not yet been extensively worked, and which are now being looked forward to for the supply of the ironworks in place of that portion of the coalfield so nearly exhausted. 3 division, doubtless exist below them; it is, therefore, impossible, at present, to estimate the commercial value of this part of the coalfield.
2 divisioll, which are there separated by a considerable thickness of strata, the latter being seldom worked, bnt are here, in one seam, eleven feet in thickness. It is specially adapted for mill and forge purposes, and being the cheapest coal gotten in South Staffordshire is mnch used at the present time in many of the ironworks. 4. '1'he southern boundary is the line forming the northern bonndary of No. 3 division, and the northern bonndary by a line from Goscote or Rnshall, into the western fault, near Cannock.