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Report - Ledston Luck Colliery winding houses July 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Tassadar, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Tassadar

    Tassadar 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Tcake, Thestig Nic81 & non member.
    Now i knwotheres not much in either these but it has a certain charm, i must admit for falling for the place a bit

    Historys (nicked of tinterwebs)​
    Ledston Luck pit was sunk in the 1870's and later formed part of the “superpitâ€￾ of interlinked workings around Selby. Ledston luck miners where 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 Mine manager deciding to stamp his authority on his workers, when they arrived for work after the last day of the stike 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. The two winding Houses were built in 1911 and where among the first to use electric winders, at a time most other mines were still using steam.


    Winding house 1 on left of picture 2 on the right

    English Heritage list this:

    "Winding house, the western of a pair. Dated 1911 on the parapet. Red brick
    with sandstone dressings, roof concealed by a parapet. Square plan. Single
    vessel with appearance of 2 storeys, in Free Classical style. Symmetrical.
    Sandstone ashlar plinth; slightly-recessed centre between corner pylons; in
    the centre a wide semicircular archway with banded convex moulding framing a
    segmental-headed doorway with double doors, above this a 6-light mullioned
    window divided into three pairs by triangular king mullions rising from
    corbels below the sill and terminating in block corbels to a moulded cornice,
    a high parapet above this displaying in the centre a shouldered panel
    inscribed" A D . The corner pylons each have a recessed centre with a
    3-stage, 6-light window with an apron below and in the parapet above a raised
    panel with swags at the head, the parapet stepped up behind this. The left
    (north) side has openings for the drive cables to the winding gear; the south
    side has inter alia a 3-stage, 15-light window, and the rear a 6-light
    window. In front, to the road, a rectangular garden is enclosed by a brick
    wall with stone coping, with 2 steps down, linked to a similar front wall
    stepped up to frame a gate with wrought-iron gates in Art Nouveau style."

    The West Winding House known as "Up Draft" in it's Hayday,


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    Stolen google image fo the old winder

    Powered by Yorkshire Electric Power Company so proud links to my current employer

    Number 2 winder is described by English heritage:

    "Winding house, the eastern of a pair. 1911 (date on Winder No. 1). Red
    brick with sandstone dressings, corrugated asbestos roof. Rectangular plan.
    Single vessel with storeyed appearance, raised over a basement. Free.
    Classical style. South front with recessed centre between corner pylons; a
    flight of steps to an off-centre doorway in Tudor style, to the right of this
    a large 3-stage 12-light mullion and transom window; moulded cornice to stone
    parapet between the pylons. Pylons have short angle-buttresses with stone
    weathering, a 3-light mullioned window in each side, a high embattled parapet
    with a small raised panel. Left (west) side wall has a pseudo-pylon to the
    rear corner, a round-headed window in the centre; rear has 3 very large
    segmental-headed windows with small panes; (various additions here and to the
    east side not included in the item)"

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    Thanks for looking, a little more on flickr

    Please also see Thestig & Nics excellent report too

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