Sunday 12 October 2014

Oaks Colliery Pithead, Barnsley - October 2014

So I persuaded Judderman to drive across to Barnsley to visit one of this years summer urbex tourist hot spots, Oaks Colliery Pithead.

Oaks Colliery, or as its often called, Barnsley Main Colliery is a Grade II listed building due to its horrific mining disaster histories, a 1847 explosion killed 74, a series of explosions in 1866 killed 388 with many others maimed and injured. Various improvements in safety sadly didn't prevent the further loss of 22 lives in 1942 and 1947.

Autumn had firmly arrived and the roads swirled with fog and we arrived to find the tourist season had obviously closed after the summer excursions ( or is that incursions?)


Access denied !


So, a few shots of the place and time to move on.






We left with the fog still lingering, you can't win them all.

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