This fine Roger Hampson painting is of Maerdy Colliery in the Rhondda Valley. Hampson is best known for his depictions of mills in Lancashire, recording a fast disappearing industrial landscape, but he produced a number of works on the mining industry. Maerdy Colliery was the final deep mine in the Rhondda Valley, once the heartland of Welsh Coal Mining – the pit finally closed in 1990, bringing to an end nearly two hundred years of mining in the area. The Colliery was shut for a year during the miners’ strike of the mid 1980’s – the last display of worker activism that had earned the colliery the nickname “Little Moscow” during the 1926 General Strike. Like many of the scenes Hampson painted, no trace of the colliery remains today.