A brief history of local mining, the industry finished when the last Leeds pit closed in 1986. The land near Royds had one and there were three on Stanks Hall land. Opposite Low Moor House was Beeston Colliery, Bye Pit, looking at the map this seems to have been where the later Myers Leather Works was situated and is now the Atha Estate. We considered moving up there when built - but decided caution might be wise....! I believe that the subsidence mentioned above affecting Bullerthorpe Lane may have been caused by the workings of Temple Pit which was certainly in this area. Hall Pit was closed prematurely when the miners hit a spring, the roof caved, in and the mine flooded but no lives were lost. Various Directories have said that the sinking of these pits spoiled the appearance of the village, but this geological phenomenon helped the village into and through the Industrial Revolution. He also reckons the low shops just before the Arndale centre were miners cottages. One is next to the letter 'T' of Thorn Mount in the bottom left of your circle, the second in a straight line to the right, on the grass, just to the left of the 'T' ofThorn Walk.The notes say:'Crow coal at 11ft Black bed at 141 ft Better bed at 246ft Pit bottom at 250ft'Let's hope these were properly filled when this pit closed!Interestingly, these are the only ones showing in that area until you reach Crossgates to the east and the railway track to the south. Certainly the area used to be prone to extensive subsidence; the old Bullerthorpe Lane used to be re-aligned regularly, only to return to a roller-coaster once again after just a few months. The White Holling Pit was on the site of the present Parkwood Estate, and the area with the largest concentration of pits was the triangle of land using Gypsy Lane, Southleigh Road, and the boundary of Middleton Woods, this area was called ‘Pit Hills’ and held twenty-one pits. Coal Mines in Leeds . The Aire and Calder Navigation canal made it easier to transport heavy loads helping the development of a number of Leeds collieries. Child labour was commonplace in the pits, and by 1874 Beeston was no exception. It is thought that the Romans extracted coal from the Garforth area and there is an early record of local mining from a lease in 1262. I recall finding hundreds of fossils in this slate folds when the site closed for the weekends. There are only 10 types of people in the world -those who understand binary, and those that don't. In fact, mining was probably the largest single factor in the fortunes of the Beeston Family, and enabled them to rise from small landowners to be Lords of the Manor. Mentioned in the other thared, the Shaft on Farm Road collapsed, I think it was in the 70's.It was common practice to simply cap these redundant shafts with a timber raft and cover rather than fully back-fill. What's happening in Beeston, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton and Stourton. Thanks for that. The year-long miners' strike began in early March 1984 and ended, when the National Union of Mineworkers narrowly voted to return to work, on 3 March 1985... mining had almost reached the end in Leeds. by The Parksider » Fri 18 Jan, 2008 10:12 pm, Post
by Trojan » Sat 19 Jan, 2008 12:35 am, Post by chameleon » Fri 18 Jan, 2008 11:33 pm, Post By this time the advancement of mining techniques produced proper shafts and winding gear on the Beeston landscape. Great read and some ace maps as well. According to the McCorquadale Directory of Leeds for 1876 Low Moor House, Barkly Road, was occupied at that time by Hezekiah Tempest who was shown as Colliery Manager at Millshaw Colliery, in 1888 their General Manager was Levi Woodward who in 1876 was a Colliery Steward living in the Low Moor Cottages as was another Steward called Charles Thornton. Ask away if you've got any questions as it isn't due back for a while!I hadn't realised until a couple of weeks ago about the coal mining over the Pudsey side of Leeds, Farnley, Fulneck, around there. Waterloo Main Colliery's most famous Bevin Boy was a local lad called Jimmy Savile.
Barwicker wrote: There is quite a bit of info on collieries in and around Crossgates on a thread entitled BARNBOW in the Buildings and Structures section. road) at the end of what was the Bridle Path, belonging to - no surprise - Mary Pit. During World War Two 1939-45 (and for a few years beyond) production of coal was so important young men were conscripted to work in the coal mines rather than the armed forces.
Medieval bell pits were used to mine the coal by hand and some of these dot the Leeds area indeed excavations in the city centre, under Briggate, exposed some of these very early workings. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. Kippax Colliery - at the height of mining Leeds had over 100 pits.
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