The Recklinghausen coal mine used to be a part of the Belgian ‘Societe Civile Belge des Charbonages d‘ Herne-Bochum’ – mining group. Construction works on the first shaft started in 1869. Both Recklinghausen shafts, I and II, suffered several mining accidents – seven in total – including a number of explosions that lead to the death of 57 miners. The Recklinghausen coal mine was officially closed in 1977. The factory halls have been reconverted and the modernist headstock above shaft II was preserved.
The permit for the pits around FT was already granted around 1770. Around 1890, when the company became the official ‘Société Anonyme du Charbonnage de FT’, several pits were exploited. In 1920, a big accident occurred in one of the pits, causing 12 deaths. The mine already stopped producing in the mid-1930’s.
Abandoned monastery dating back to the 16th century. The old convent, once owned by the Jesuits, was taken over by the community of Pain de Vie (Bread of Life). In 2007 a fire destroyed a big part of the buildings. In 2009 a new fire – and this time it wasn’t an accident – hit the convent once again. The damages were so big this time that the monastery had to be left abandoned.