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Unknown pit near Denholme?
Posted: 25/11/2019 14:57:00
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Doeas anyone know the name of the coal pit that was on Thornton Road, Keelham, Denholme, West Yorkshire?
I can't discover a mention anywhere.
I lived close by about 15 years ago regularly walked past the site then used as a small holding with a couple of horses and such.
In the edge of the enclosure are two great slabs of brickwork that perhaps supported the winding gear.
I lived in rented cottage two hundred yards away and one day my landlord showed me the plan of the underground workings he had borrowed.
The working was long separate parallel tunnels with a few cross tunnels.
If the coal was good steam coal it may have had a ready market in the Thornton railway yard or the woollen millls just down the road.
One of those mills is a small building in derelict condition as when demolition started it was found to have a cast iron frame and a preservation order was put on it.
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Posted: 25/11/2019 16:47:05
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I know of two pits just off Thornton Road.

Out of Keelham on the left when heading for Bradford on Thornton Road is New Road Colliery. Further on, on the right, is New Pit/New Roadside Colliery.

Maybe it's one of these
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Posted: 25/11/2019 16:58:43
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New Road sounds right as today's Thornton Road is a new road and the original old road ran parallel to it across the fields.

The pit may not have had a long life as the map showed the workings only extended about 200 yards or so.
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Posted: 26/11/2019 11:37:29
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New Road Colliery.
This is site of the pit.
Just a small square field behind the hedge with the wall showing a curved entrance.
The great slabs of brickwork are at field edge right and though I've only seen them from roadside I'd say they are about 4 x 2 x 10 feet long so perhaps too solid to demolish when the pit was demolished.
https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.788784,-1.881721,343.45h,-8.35p,1z
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Posted: 26/11/2019 11:50:46
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Further down Thornton New Road is this old industrial flat site that probably was textile mill.
https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.790138,-1.877264,188.58h,-18.24p,1z

But this view of an old entrance looks more colliery-like with the rough concrete paving and that structure to the right suggests weighbridge or loading point.
https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.789826,-1.878721,177.77h,-20.02p,0z
Behind the pylon is a spoil heap and a satellite image shows it to have textbook spoil heap fan end.
https://www.instantstreetview.com/@53.789147,-1.87594,17z,0t

The entire length of New Road has been zoned for industry with excavations going ahead so this last site may soon vanish.
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Posted: 26/11/2019 13:07:14
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The shaft location I have for New Road Colliery is in the field next to Ann's Farmhouse. Not sure whether it's absolutely correct. Of course, they could have tipped the spoil on the other side of the road.

The concrete area looks quite recent - more like a wheel disinfecting dip for lorries - maybe they incinerated/buried cattle there during the F&M epidemic.
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Posted: 26/11/2019 15:48:12
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New Road Colliery is in the field next to Anns, behind the hedge and through the tube steel gate.
Site across road has been there a long time .
Foot and mouth cows all burned in incinerator round off Old Road.
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Posted: 29/11/2019 22:41:38
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Just took a look at the timeline in GE.

The site across the road from the pit was still undeveloped in January 2009. It was completely stripped of vegetation and graded by September 2011 and was overgrown again in July 2015.

Looks like the developers ran out of moneyBig Grin
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Posted: 30/11/2019 22:53:34
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r1xlx wrote:

New Road Colliery is in the field next to Anns, behind the hedge and through the tube steel gate.
Site across road has been there a long time .
Foot and mouth cows all burned in incinerator round off Old Road.


From the coal authority map and NMRS data:

The Coal Authority name of the shaft in the field next to Ann's is "Roadside Colliery No. 2 Shaft"

NMRS shows it as Roadside Nos. 1 & 2, coal and fireclay: 1924-1930 Brookes Thornton Fireclays Ltd
1931-1960 Thornton Fireclays Ltd).

The shaft further on towards the railway on the right of Thornton Road is "New Roadside Pit No.1 Shaft"
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