Oldham's two key industries, cotton spinning and engineering, relied heavily on coal and there were four large mines in the town in the early 20th century.

Oldham is literally built on coal as well and this painting shows how close the pitheads were to built-up areas.


The Mercury Gallery; Richard Coopman, 1967; private collection; Sotheby's, 2005.

Gallery Oldham

Greaves Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1AL
01617 704 653

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Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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