Before canals and railways, coal had always been transported by road and was therefore mainly for local use.
The coal delivery from horse-driven two-wheeled carts, through to four-wheeled drays, could be seen in the collieries or in the street.
In this picture, dating from circa 1930, coal is being loaded onto horse-drawn carts at Denby Colliery.
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