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Barnsley Main Gets Listed Building Status

Tuesday June 18 2013

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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."

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Reply Posted by Rich on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 09:37
Excellent news :)

Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 09:53
I'm amazed that after 200 years and having hundreds of thousands of workers living off the Yorkshire coalfield that nothing remains on any approach road into Barnsley. The roundabouts in prime locations should have coal tubs or half a winding wheel or something from this important industry because of it's undeniable presence whatever your politics are. In living history since 1980 all traces of this massive industry have been removed without trace and that complete lack of anything coal related shouts a massive lack of respect for all that went before today's "pound land" town

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 17:15
"In living history since 1980 all traces of this massive industry have been removed without trace and that complete lack of anything coal related shouts a massive lack of respect "

Its called "Remaking Barnsley" Forget about the great industry that made this town, BMBC constantly tell us its time to move on from our great industrial heritage.
They also tell us that it is rightly justified that Council Leader Steve Houghton receives a knighthood for his services to our town.

The lunatics have taken over the asylum....

Reply Posted by Bob on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 13:48
Carlton roundabout does??

Reply Posted by @cllrmags on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 20:54
Motorists coming into Barnsley town centre will pass the NUM headquarters known locally as 'Arthurs Castle'. On the next roundabout there are 2 coal tubs previously sited in the town centre but re-sited on the entrance to town. Some funding has been set aside by Central Ward Councillors to create similar tributes to Barnsley's historic industries eg Glass, Linen, the Canister Co. on other access routes into town.

Reply Posted by Robbie on Thursday June 20 2013 at 15:10
By opening the coalfields in Yorkshire alone, the national debt would be vastly reduced. South African coal has become expensive and we have the finest coal on the planet. So, the solution is to not do anything and carry on "harking about Barnsley becoming an electronic community". Get real you idiots, the answer is coal and nothing else in this area! I just hope that one day, a government will recognise the "super-power" called "Common Sense" and re-open the mines. We can now burn coal cleaner and the smoking stacks would not be an issue! C'mon, give me YOUR views?

Reply Posted by neil b on Thursday June 20 2013 at 17:27
Thats good news, my Dad was colliery Engineer there in 1950s, he was very pleased to be a part off it, although he is no longer with us he would of been well chuffed.

Reply Posted by Graham on Saturday June 22 2013 at 22:45
Why has it taken Barnsley council circa 30 years to obtain this listing?

Reply Posted by Susannah on Sunday June 23 2013 at 18:44
I am pleased to read this news, this should be preserved as part of our history and we should all be proud.