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Pit engine house given protected status

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Friday 4th July 2014
Barnsley Main

BARNSLEY Main colliery's engine house and pithead structures have been given protected status by English Heritage.

The disused colliery winding engine house and pit head structures were built around 1900 and then modernised in 1956.

The experts say they are the last significant surviving structures with a historical connection to the 1866 Oaks Colliery Disaster, England's worst mining accident.

An English Heritage spokesman said: "It is nationally rare for an essentially 19th Century arrangement of winding shaft structures modernised in the 1950s by the National Coal Board to survive.

"It is of historic interest as the last significant standing remains of Barnsley Main Colliery with its historical association with the Oaks Colliery Disaster.

"It is also a poignant monument to the coal industry of the area, evidence of which has been almost totally removed from across the South Yorkshire Coalfield, formally one of the most significant industrial areas in the country."

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Posted by Wendy I Fri 4th Jul 2014 at 12:01pm

A bit of sense for a change! These beautiful industrial structures are part of our heritage and need to be preserved.

Posted by L.Waller I Tue 8th Jul 2014 at 5:06pm

It's just a pity that the road that runs past it (the back road that runs between Pontefract Road and Doncaster Road) is so full of rubbish, it looks absolutely disgusting.