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Replacement town. Image 2 of 2. This is New Arkwright Town (built in 1995), near Chesterfield, England. It was built as a replacement for the old town of Arkwright (1897-1995), which was declared unsafe and demolished. The original Arkwright was a mining town of 160 terraced houses. In 1988, methane was discovered leaking from underground mine workings. In 1989, an exposed part of the coalfield ignited. A ten-year project of opencast mining was started to make the area safe. The old town was demolished in 1995, and this one built a few hundred metres away. For the old town being demolished, see image T840/394.
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