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Author Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
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Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
Posted: 27/11/2019 21:32:51
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I used to walk down the road shown on this link: https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.790471,-1.889041,19z,0t
and opposite Cragg Lane was farm with rough grazing with several spoil heaps visible especially in winter when the grass dies.
Just today I spotted that behind the heap is a large solidly built shaft.
At first I thought it may have been air shaft or shaft to help with digging the tunnel fo rthe Thornton to Denholme railway but that is well further away.
The satellite pix clearly shows that large stones of the shaft.
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Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
Posted: 27/11/2019 22:34:22
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The Coal Authority interactive map has it marked as a coal shaft but it would be very unusual if they had left it untreated. At a guess I'd say it could be a remnant of the quarrying for stone at Denholme Clough Quarry.

In quarrying for Elland Flags it was reasonably common to sink shafts when the overburden became too much to remove. The leases to mine were often on a field by field basis, with the proviso to fill in the shafts when mining ceased. So surviving shafts are rare, but not unheard of.

Is there any reason for saying it is a deep shaft? Stone mines were pretty much climb down a rope affairs.
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Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
Posted: 29/11/2019 07:30:09
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I have it as Cragg Top Pit in my records.

There is another shaft on the site of Denholme Clough Quarry,
Denholme Clough Colliery, and an unnamed shaft on the left of the road just over half way between Cragg Lane and the road junction at Denholme Gate Farm (if that’s still the name).

Denholme Clough Pit has/had a shaft closer to the railway tunnel.
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Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
Posted: 29/11/2019 14:16:01
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r1xlx wrote:

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.790471,-1.889041,19z,0t


Did you know that your link comes up as an email address, and not to a web page?
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Deep shaft at Keelham, Denholme,
Posted: 29/11/2019 22:54:39
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Sorry, Cragg Top Pit is actually just off Cragg Lane, the location you pinned seems to be the shaft for Denholme Clough Colliery.

Had to work out how to get the link to work for me - the answer was copy and paste to Firefox rather than clicking on it
IP: 87.150.66.229 Edited: 30/11/2019 11:58:18 by Yorkshireman
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