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Report - Oaks Colliery Barnsley

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BirdyYork, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. BirdyYork

    BirdyYork Guest

    Took a flying visit here today, I know its not UE as such but I thought I should be documented.
    Oaks Colliery was open in the late 1700 to early 1800's date I am not sure of, it suffered 2 disasters in its time.
    5th March 1847 killing around 80 Miners, and on 12 December 1866 killing 388 miners and other people trying to rescure them. The second of the explosions was deemed to be the worst disaster of the time.

    All that is left of the Oaks Colliery is its prominent Headstock and Winding house. Even in daylight its a eerie place that looms in a valley between Stairfoot, Monk Bretton and Hoyle mill. FLASH LINK

    Since my last visit someone has managed to get up the seemingly unclimbable structure. There is now a door open just below the headstock.

    Anyway hope you enjoy.


    Sorry I don't have more history like closure date etc, if anyone can shed light on it, it would be much appreciated.


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