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Report - Ledston 'Luck' Colliery Castleford, August 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Wakey lad, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Wakey lad

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    Ledston Luck pit was sunk in the 1870's and later formed part of the “super pitâ€￾ of interlinked workings around Selby. Ledston luck miners were the last to return to work after the miners strike, a year to the day after the National Coal Board (NCB) announced plans to shed 20,000 more jobs in the next financial year.

    This was due to the Pit Manager deciding to stamp his authority on his workers, when they arrived for work after the last day of the strike they found he had chained the gates shut saying he'd decide when they could return to work, not them. Their pit would be closed less than two years later in 1986.

    The two winding Houses at Ledston survive and were built in 1911. They were amongst the first to use electric winders, at a time most other mines were still using steam. The Winding Houses are on the English Heritage list of scheduled ancient monuments.

    Not much of a report to be honest, unless like me, you are interested in mining history. Its pretty local and made for a nice easy mid week explore.

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    As always, thanks for looking :thumb
     
    #1 Wakey lad, Aug 1, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2012

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