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Report - Ledston Luck Colliery winding houses July 2011


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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,








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)"











Thanks for looking, a little more on flickr

Please also see Thestig & Nics excellent report too

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