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Colliery Structures Get Protected Status

Thursday July 10 2014

Barnsley Main Barnsley Main

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

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

The experts say they're 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's nationally rare for an essentially 19th century arrangement of winding shaft structures modernised in the 1950s by the National Coal Board to survive.

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

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Reply Posted by Jacquie on Friday July 11 2014 at 12:06
Think the local council should invest in opening up an old mine for tourists to visit. Some of the old miners of barnsley could take tourists down to show them how they worked.

Reply Posted by murk on Friday July 11 2014 at 14:20
I'm not so sure about that. We're really close to the National Coal Mining museum at the old Caphouse Colliery, they're a museum with huge financial backing in the Science Museum group - I doubt something set up by a local council would be as well funded, or as well attended as the NCMM. That would just mean another strain on the culture budget. I feel that it would be better to make the Barnsley Main winding gear structure safe and allow people to visit the inside without opening to old shafts below.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Friday July 11 2014 at 15:03
Barnsley council were slow off the mark again, as the National Coal mining Museum's rightful place was in the borough of Barnsley.

Reply Posted by toni on Friday July 11 2014 at 16:04
Think it should be looked after and respected and made safe for to visit my dad uncle grandad n great grandparents was miners