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There were once 193 beehive coke ovens, built in 1861 by the owners of the Victoria Garesfield Colliery to produce coke from coal mined at Victoria Garesfield and Watergate Collieries; they were the last to operate in Britain until 1958. There are only five complete and two partial ovens if you go and look today, see how many different bricks you can find as you walk around – are there any from near where you live? The coke ovens sit within Strother Hills, a beautiful woodland to explore and with a footpath link into Chopwell Wood at Victoria Garesfield.

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