THE surviving structures at the now disused Barnsley Main colliery have been recognised for their regional and national historic significance.

The colliery's engine house and its pithead structures have been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The building is now protected by being listed at Grade II which reflects its rarity, degree of completeness and historic interest.

During the height of the industrial revolution and up until the 1980s, colliery pit heads and winding gear structures were a common part of landscapes and skylines across Barnsley and South Yorkshire.

Today, these structures have all but disappeared following the decline of the industry during the 1980s.

From a historical point of view, the coal industry was of particular importance to Barnsley, and is still today home to the headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Development, Environment and Culture, said: "This listing recognises the importance Barnsley Main colliery has played in the history of the borough."