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Report - Ledston Luck Winding House and Castleford Viaduct, Castleford - November 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by RJwakefield18, Nov 30, 2012.

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    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.
    The Winding Houses are on the English Heritage list of scheduled ancient monuments.

    Visit.

    Driving past on my way to local Kippax I noticed that the next door warehouse and the west winding house were fully opened up, so fancied an explore. The winding house has been well and truely ruined since other visits


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    While about fancied a quick look around the old Hicks chemical factory, only to find out that its now back in operation :banghead, so took a walk along Castleford viaduct :)

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